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CYBERJAYA, Jan 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysian-based CSF Group, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, today launched the country's first commercial green data centre and the largest in South-East Asia here.

The Computer Exchange 5 (CX5) is one of the three data centres announced as part of the Entry Point Projects under the Economic Transformation Programme last year.

The exchange has been awarded the provisional Green Building Index-certified(GBI) rating which recognises the facility as a green, sustainable building that has satisfied certain GBI Accreditation Panel's requirements.

They include, among others, factors such as the ability to provide energy and water saving, a healthier indoor environment, better connectivity to public transport, the adoption of recycling and greenery for their projects and reducing impact on the environment.

CSF chief executive officer, Adrian Yong, said the facility, with a gross floor area of approximately 580,000 sq ft, was one of the three data centres developed and operated by the group here.

The group also has data centre facilities in Johor Bahru, Hanoi and Jakarta, he said.

"We are eyeing to expand our business into Singapore, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh," he said at the launch of CX5 today.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, launched the exchange.

Yong said currently, the group has over 200 customers and over 1,500 installations in computer rooms and data centres.

"The cutomers and tenants of our data centres comprise companies involved in various industries including government, banking, insurance, motor vehicle, oil and gas, food and beverage, travel, manufacturing and information technology," he said.

Since 1991, the group has undertaken contract works to build and fit-out over 200 data centres and computer support facilities in Malaysia with some installations in Indonesia, China and India, he said.

He said the group has achieved outstanding financial results even in a global economic climate that continued to be uncertain.

In its financial results for the first half of financial year 2012 announced on Nov 28, 2011 CSF's revenue rose to RM91.7 million from RM46.6 million in the same perid of 2011.

Earlier, Ongkili said as global demand for information technology services, such as hosting and shared services outsourcing, continued to rise, CSF was poised to capitalise on this and helped position Malaysia as a world-class data centre hub.