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Teliti, Cisco to build new green data centre model in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | July 8, 2010
'Will be largest green data centre in Asia'

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 JULY 2010 -- Malaysian system integrator Teliti Datacentres (Teliti) and Cisco have announced they are collaborating to build a world-class green data centre in Malaysia, said the companies.

Speaking during the company's inaugural Cisco Summit Malaysia 2010, Cisco Malaysia managing director Anne Abraham said the state-of-the-art data centre facility, which Teliti would build with Cisco's help, would enable Teliti to host and provide a comprehensive portfolio of information technology (IT) solutions and services with lower energy consumption and less impact on the environment.

Abraham said the collaboration demonstrated a commitment by both companies to drive the adoption of green technology in line with Malaysia's ambition to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2012.

She said the 120,000 sq ft [11, 148 sq.metres] facility would be the largest green data centre in Asia and be located at the Enstek high-technology business park, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
The data centre is the heartbeat of any organisation and also one of the biggest consumers of energy in the company, said Abraham. A green' data centre will not only provide the organisation with a strong strategic advantage with the new efficiencies it could generate but also help it align with the Malaysian government's environmental goals.

 In line with government's Green Building Index

Teliti Computers managing director, Tuan Haji Mohamed Nasir Abdul Majid, said: Teliti's green data centre will be built in line with the Malaysian government's Green Building Index and allows us to rapidly capture the growing opportunities in today's marketplace as businesses are increasingly deploying IT services to reduce capital expenditure, optimise operating expenses, and fulfill their environmental responsibility.

Working with the global leader in networking technologies helps establish the competitiveness we need in delivering excellent services and support to all our customers, both local and international, said Nasir.

This collaboration provides an opportunity for Cisco Services to expand our horizons in Malaysia, seeing that more and more companies are beginning to prioritise IT initiatives that allow their organisations to scale up to speed, said Cisco vice president, services Asia Pacific, Steven Weeks.

 Carbon emission reduction target

Telita Datacentres chief executive officer Musa Mohd Lazim said the entire green data centre project, which cost US$100 million, would  be completed in phases and would incorporate a reliable and fully redundant power supply to enable 99.999 per cent uptime to all equipment, and smart cooling systems to suit the local climate,

Musa said the initial development phase of the first 45,000 sq ft was targeted for completion by December 2011 and expected to achieve an overall 30 to 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

He said Teliti was also planning to extend its services into the regional market, targeting Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, when the green data centre was fully operational.