Malaysia: NTT Com data centers Success in Green Building Trend


NTT Communications recently varied the blueprint for its data center design with a new low-rise Tier III facility in Malaysia designed to withstand the hot equatorial climate while making use of the local conditions where possible for energy efficiency.

The reinforced concrete facility, 30km from Kuala Lumpur, in Cyberjaya – the home of a large science park and two other NTT Com data centers – has been built with an internal wall spaced alongside but not touching the external concrete structure.

NTT Com Malaysia president and CEO Fumitoshi Imaizumi said this helps insulate the facility from the warm outdoor heat, which is an average of 33 Degrees Celsius “all day long”, a practice previously seen in European construction.

NTT built and now operates this new 422,000 sq ft data center, designed to be constructed in a modular fashion.

It has also added solar panels and incorporated two substations to overcome issues seen with local power supply and to ensure customers, that Imaizumi said are now including global companies interested in Malaysia as a lower cost disaster recovery site, to receive a Tier III service.

The substations deliver power using two delivery routes, and the data center has a 2N redundant configuration and 2N redundant generator.

Solar panels also feed power into the site and rainwater is harvested – efforts that have helped the facility receive a number of green credentials upon opening, including LEED Green Building Gold certification and the Malaysian Green Building Index certification.

Imaizumi said in recent years Malaysian data center operators – including NTT which has been operating in the country for seven years and how has 120,000 sq ft of data center space in four facilities – have been focussing on quality facility design.

“We are seeing some very good practice now in Asia, and other tropical countries, for new data centers,” Imaizumi said.

He says he believes NTT’s difference is that its data centers have all been accredited as Tier III facilities, generally following the company’s global blueprint for self-design and build.

“There are many providers in Malaysia saying they are Tier III but they are really Tier II as they have not been accredited, but we are following a universal NTT standard.”

The modular build out of Cyberjaya 4 means it will build out the facility in phases, with Phase 1 now offering 42,000 sq ft of white space,a nd the rest being built to match organic growth.

“In Mayalsia we are seeing a lot of domestic data center demand now, but there are also global companies wanting back up or communications data centers in this region, focussing on global competencies and technical competitiveness and wanting to establish some quality of national disaster preparedness for customers, offering them a location other than somewhere like Singapore,” Imaizumi said.

Malaysia is known for its table political environment and low risk of disaster.

NTT also operates a number of data centers in Singapore, and like many operators in the region these offer connectivity to its Malaysian counterparts.

It does this in Malaysia using NTT Communications private subsea cables, which land in Malaysia, and concurrent connections to each facility in the country.

“We have also set up an outsourcing center here which means we can use engineers and operators now in Malaysia to carry out work from outside of the country,” Imaizumi said.

“At NTT we are outsourcing a lot of our work from our headquarters in Japan already to Malaysia. They are monitoring the Japan NTT data centers from here, and we also have a number of partner requests we are working on for these services.”

Imaizumi said the growing data center skills base in Malaysia is making the country’s data center proposition more attractive for a number of companies. Previously skilled labour for engineering and operations could be difficult to come by.

In its announcement on the launch of its new data center – officially called the Rimba Digital 2 – Global Solution Center & Malaysia Cyberjaya 4 Data Center, NTT said it was building this facility big enough that it won’t require much more of a footprint in the country.

But Imaizumi said the provider is already considering using containers on its campus to meet future requests.

One-third of Phase 1 of the new NTT data center is ready for us and NTT is currently negotiating a contract for 70,000 sq ft of floorspace for its Malaysian operations which could see one contract spread over all Malaysian operations, filling up floor space in each in one hit.

Source: Datacenterdynamics

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