Cyberjaya, (9 January 2012) – Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili today launched CSF Computer Exchange 5 (CX5), Malaysia’s first commercial green data centre and the largest facility of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Located in Cyberjaya, CX5 is a carrier-neutral high end purpose built data centre which consists of three blocks of 4-storey buildings and a Class A office block. It offers 201,000 square feet of net data centre floor space and a gross floor area of approximately 580,000 square feet. The facility is one of three data centres developed and operated by CSF Group in Cyberjaya.
CX5 was awarded the provisional Green Building Index (GBI) Certified Rating which recognises the facility as a green, sustainable building that has satisfied certain requirements as determined by the GBI Accreditation Panel. These requirements include among others factors such as the ability to provide energy savings, water savings, a healthier indoor environment, better connectivity to public transport, the adoption of recycling and greenery for their projects, and reducing impact on the environment.
“As global demand for IT services such as hosting and shared services outsourcing continue to rise, CSF Group is well poised to capitalise on this growth opportunity and help position Malaysia as a world-class data centre hub,” said Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Classified as a Tier 3 data centre, CX5 is designed to host mission critical servers and computer systems. The data centre is TIA-942 compliant and is equipped with fully redundant subsystems including cooling, power, network links, storage and stringent physical security features. All three of CSF Group’s high-end carrier neutral data centres in Cyberjaya — CX1, CX2 and now CX5 — are linked to a dual-ring electrical grid and advanced fibre connectivity.
This project is also part of Entry Point Project 3 (EPP 3) under the Business Services NKEA of the country’s Economic Transformation Programme. The Malaysian government has identified data centre business as a significant contributor to the country’s economic growth, with a projection that this sector will contribute RM2.4 billion to Gross National Income and create about 13,000 jobs by 2020.