Cisco expertise to underpin Malay green data centre

IT giant Cisco is to work with a local industry leader to develop an ultra-efficient green data centre in Malaysia.

Cisco and Teliti announced the plans at an industry event this week, which will see the American multinational share best practice with its Malaysian partner to build a world class data centre.

The 120,000sq ft centre, on which some reports have put a price tag of $100m, will be built to meet the standards of the Malaysian government's Green Buildings Index.

As a country, Malaysia has set a target to cut its carbon emissions by 40% by 2012.

"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," said Anne Abraham, managing director of Cisco Malaysia.

"Cisco's collaboration with Teliti is part of our contribution to this national agenda."

The data centre plans to have a 99.999% percent uptime to all equipment and smart cooling systems to suit the local climate.

The building will also utilise solar energy and rainwater harvesting in its day-to-day operations.

The expectations are that carbon emissions will be 30% to 40% lower than an equivalent-sized data centre.

Sam Bond



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