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Equinix opens IBX data centres in Johor and KL

Equinix opens IBX data centres in Johor and KL

28 May 2024

Equinix Inc, a global digital infrastructure company, has opened two International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Johor and Kuala Lumpur respectively.

In a statement on Monday, Equinix said these carrier-neutral facilities establish a robust digital infrastructure in Malaysia to support its digital economy ambition, particularly as a regional digital hub.

Malaysian-based 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 presented by the nation, it said.

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

Equinix president of Asia-Pacific Jeremy Deutsch said Malaysia is a cornerstone market and top destination that is highly sought after by the company’s valuable customers. 

“We are dedicated to delivering exceptional digital infrastructure solutions that empower businesses to thrive in this dynamic landscape, fuelling innovation, economic growth and societal advancement,” he said.

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

Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said Equinix’s decision to expand its presence in Malaysia reflects its continued confidence in the country’s industrial landscape, which is undergoing key transformative initiatives as outlined in the New Industrial Master Plan 2030.

“These data centres will provide businesses, particularly domestic small and medium enterprises, with seamless connectivity and access to a vast global network, while driving innovation across diverse sectors in Malaysia,” he said.

Tengku Zafrul added that the company’s investment will pave the way for the creation of high-value job opportunities and propel economic growth, empowering the Malaysian people and businesses to excel in the digital age.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) chief executive officer Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Sikh Abdul Majid said Equinix’s advanced data centres will create significant opportunities for businesses, especially for local enterprises to innovate and grow, as they integrate with the global ecosystem.

“We welcome Equinix’s expansion in Malaysia, a move that reinforces the country’s standing as a digital hub in the region. This venture further underscores our commitment to fostering an investor-friendly business environment. 

“Mida is dedicated to facilitating investments like Equinix’s, which not only drive economic growth, but also foster innovation and create sustainable employment opportunities in Malaysia,” he said. 

Source: Bernama