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Building Malaysia's largest data centre

AvantiKumar | Aug. 10, 2011
Interview: Teliti Datacentres and Hitachi Data Systems on the challenges of developing cloud-based services, backed by Malaysian government's PEMANDU.

Teliti Datacentre - Architectural Model

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The Malaysian government's PEMANDU [Performance, Management and Delivery] department said the data centre industry in the Asia Pacific is expected to grow by 16.3 percent annually, reaching RM10.9 billion [US$3.63 billion] by 2014. It believes Malaysia can take advantage of the increased foreign demand by offering a cost-effective location for data centre and cloud services as well as meet increasing domestic demand for IT outsourcing (ITO), and business process outsourcing (BPO) as well as creative content.


PEMANDU, as part of the nation's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) has chosen home-based data centre company Teliti Datacentres to build Malaysia's largest data centre as part of a plan to position Malaysia as a regional data centre hub. During a recent question-and-answer (QA) session in Kuala Lumpur, Teliti Data Centres CEO Musa Lazim and storage infrastructure solutions partner Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS') chief strategy officer - file, content & cloud, Miklos Sandorfi, describe the market opportunities for cloud-based services for Malaysia.


Tell us about Teliti and the ETP programme.

Musa Lazim - When we started planning for the data centre in 2007 to be located in Bandar Enstek, there was no ETP programme. Then there was the announcement of the ETP under PEMANDU ( and a target set for five million sq ft [464 516 sq metres] of space by 2020. There was only 500,000 sq ft [46, 452 sq metres] at the time. PEMANDU did its due diligence and approached Teliti to be part of the ETP programme. We are under the EPP3 of the ETP, together with MyTelehaus and CSF Group.

We have 120,000 sq ft of data centre space from a total of 386,000 sq ft of total built up area. This is privately funded and there are no funds from the government.


How are HDS and Teliti working together for this data centre project?

Musa Lazim - We are working with a number of eco-partners such as HDS and CISCO. We had a view of what our data centre should be including going green, with three pillars i.e building - alignment with the Green Building  Index of Malaysia, architecture for power and cooling with grid technology embedded, and finally the application or service stack where we looked at the virtualisation and cloud service offerings.

There are number of key components that constitute the architecture, from the compute platform to storage and the network. Storage is where HDS plays an integral role in the development of the cloud services offerings from Teliti.

Miki Sandorfi - We are providing infrastructure for Teliti's cloud structure. We are providing the storage solution. For an enterprise cloud, we are building an infrastructure from the ground up that is reliable, available and delivered as a pay-per-use cloud service.  What we are providing are the foundational layers such as storage layers, virtualisation layers and management layers which Teliti can use to provide a share infrastructure to multiple customers with a high quality business service-level agreement (SLA) wrapped around it.


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