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Malaysia’s green data centre agenda needs more government subsidies

AvantiKumar | March 7, 2012
Malaysia’s data centre operators must also continue their focus on the green agenda, adds AIMS Group.

Chiew Kok Hin, CEO of AIMS

PHOTO - Chiew Kok Hin, CEO of AIMS


Malaysia-based carrier-neutral data centre AIMS Group (AIMS) has called for further government power subsidies to supplement the country's data centre operators' pursuance of the Data Centre Green agenda.

Speaking on 5 March 2012, AIMS chief executive officer Chiew Kok Hin said that more support from the Malaysian government with subsidies would be an important supplement to help data centre operators realise true cost savings for their customers.

"There are quite a number of factors to juggle simultaneously for data centres to stay green and remain competitive at the same time. Power (or electricity) bills, for example, make up the biggest cost, attributing almost 30 per cent of typical data centre cost," said Chiew.

"Besides the cost saving measures taken in the daily operations, higher power subsidies by the government can definitely help - so that data centre providers can focus their spending on leading-edge technologies such as cloud delivery models of computing services," he said.

"Although existing power subsidies are helpful for the local community of server co-location infrastructure providers, further government assistance can definitely help the collective local data centre market work more efficiently towards achieving the Green Agenda." he said. "As it is, Malaysia is already a natural option for the building of data centres due to its abundant land resources, multi-lingual workforce, stable Internet connectivity and a geographical haven from natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons."

"In fact, PEMANDU [Performance Management & Delivery Unit attached to prime minister's department] has explicitly mentioned its objectives to promote Malaysia as a regional data centre hub by being the preferred destination for data centre investors; and increase the supply of space in Malaysia from 0.5 million sq ft to 5.0 million sq ft by 2020 to capitalise on the strong growth of data centre revenues in Asia Pacific," said Chiew.


 Continual efforts

"To this end, AIMS, as well as most data centre providers, is already making continual efforts to reduce power consumption by these data centre support," he said. These include:

  • Arranging data centre server racks around to move cold and hot air more efficiently to reduce power bills and improve system efficiencies by up to 20 percent.
  • Introducing virtualisation technology that lets one machine do the work of many (by cleverly assigning the servers resources to perform the same functions), to save power and money while minimising the environmental impact.
  • Replacing the light source in the data centre with networked light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a more efficient source of semiconductor-powered lighting that also brings improved lighting quality.


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