Equinix switches on two Malaysia data centres

Equinix has opened two International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Johor JH1 and Kuala Lumpur, respectively dubbed JHQ and KL1. 

Plans for establishing JH1 were announced in November 2022 and KL1 seven months later in June 2023.

These carrier-neutral facilities establish a robust digital infrastructure in Malaysia to support its digital economy ambition, particularly as a regional digital hub. 

According to Equinix, local businesses will gain access to a global ecosystem of over 10,000 enterprises, networks and cloud service providers, while global businesses can seize the digital opportunities that Malaysia presents.

As businesses continue to embrace digital transformation and cutting-edge technology like AI, their need for a network-dense, cloud adjacent and on-demand digital infrastructure becomes paramount. 

Notably, content, fintech, gaming and AI companies have already chosen to deploy their IT infrastructure on Platform Equinix in Malaysia. 

In addition, TIME, Maxis and other leading global and local network service providers have already joined Equinix’s network ecosystem in Malaysia to provide a highly interconnected and secure environment for customers on Platform Equinix.

“Malaysia is a cornerstone market and top destination that is highly sought after by our valuable customers,” said Jeremy Deutsch, Equinix president in the Asia-Pacific region.

Equinix’s entry in Malaysia also aligns with the MyDIGITAL initiative introduced by the Malaysian government that strives to outline a strategy for the nation to expedite the development of digital products and services.

The two-story JH1 facility is situated at Nusajaya Tech Park in Iskandar Puteri, Johor. Strategically located 15 kilometers away from Singapore, this data centre will address heightened demand from both local enterprises and organizations based in neighboring regions.

With an initial investment of US$40 million, JH1 provides up to 500 cabinets and 1,800 square meters of colocation space to bolster the nation’s digital growth.

The KL1 facility, located in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur — a key part of the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia — is expected to provide a total of 900 cabinets and colocation space of 2,630 square meters, once fully built out.

“We firmly believe that the opening of JH1 and KL1 data centers signals a new era of digital connectivity and innovation in Malaysia,” said Cheam Tat Inn, managing director of Equinix Malaysia. “These IBX data centers serve as the cornerstone for driving business agility, fostering collaboration and fueling economic prosperity.”