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The largest commercial green data centre in Southeast Asia, called CSF Computer Exchange 5 (CX5), has opened in Malaysia, according to data centre services provider CSF Group. CX5 is also the first data centre in the country to receive the Green Building Index (GBI) Certified rating, said the company.

Located in Cyberjaya, CX5 generated first half results of 96.8 percent revenue growth, said CSF Group president and chief executive officer, Adrian Yong, speaking on 9 January  2011.

"We started our first data centre, CX1, 10 years ago in 2002," said Yong. "It has been a decade of achievements and innovation and with the launch of CX5 today, we now operate the largest commercial GBI Certified Rating data centre in Southeast Asia. CX5 is part of our growth strategy to provide world-class data centre facilities to our customers."

He said CX5 was a carrier-neutral high end purpose built data centre which consists of three blocks of four-storey buildings and a Class A office block. It offers 201,000 sq ft of net data centre floor space and a gross floor area of approximately 580,000 sq ft. The facility is one of three data centres developed and operated by CSF Group in Cyberjaya.

"CX5 has been 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," said Yong. "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."

He said CX5 was classified as a Tier 3 data centre, 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."

CSF Group is one of the project owners of the Entry Point Project 3 (EPP 3) under the Business Services NKEA (National Key Economic Area) of the country's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). 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 (US$761 million) to Gross National Income (GNI) and create about 13,000 jobs by 2020.

Global demand for hosting and shared services

"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 Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) minister, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

"We are on the right track to achieve profitable growth and increasing sustainable revenues while investing in the longer-term core assets of the business - our expertise, our employees and our customers," said CSF Group's Yong.

"With CX5 we are raising the bar as one of the largest providers of reliable, secure data centre space together with expertise in infrastructure services for our customers in Malaysia and the Asian region," he said. "We are focused on expanding our footprint into the region, with more high-end commercial data centres in the pipeline in China, India, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam."