Yondr Group, a global leader, developer, owner operator and service provider of data centres recently announced its entry into the Malaysian market with a planned 200MW hyper-scale campus.
This campus will be developed on 72.8 acres of land bought over from TPM Technopark, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johor Corporation. It’s strategically located in Sedenak Tech Park, a flagship data centre complex which spans across 700 acres of land in Johor.
The Sedenak Tech Park, formerly known as Kulai Iskandar Data Exchange (KIDEX), is nestled in the heart of the larger 7,290 acres of Sedenak Technology Valley.
The valley is an industrial and technology hub comprising of technology-driven developments such as advanced electrical & electronic (E&E), medical device manufacturing, green renewable energy, biotechnology and food tech, among other research and development facilities.
Yondr’s hyper-scale campus will be developed across multiple phases and will deliver a total capacity of 200MW when fully completed. The first phase is scheduled for delivery in 2024.
With access to at least 600MW of capacity, dark fibre connectivity, scalable utilities and infrastructure, Sedenak Tech Park is home to some of the largest data and cloud players within the Southeast Asia region.
“Malaysia is a significant part of our expansion plans within Southeast Asia. Our ability to secure this critical location in Sedenak Tech Park, complements our existing presence in Jakarta, Indonesia and further bolsters our strategic presence in this high growth market,” said Dave Newitt, Chief Executive Officer at Yondr Group.
“The state of Johor in Malaysia is in close proximity to other key data centre metros, including Singapore which offers valuable inter-connectivity routes. We believe that this is a true benefit for our clients especially in combination with the scalability in meeting requirements of power and land,” he added.
Meanwhile, Datuk Sr. Akmal Ahmad, Director of Johor Corporation’s Real Estate and Infrastructure Division and Chairman of TPM Technopark, said he welcomes Yondr’s full-scale data center technical expertise and operational capabilities to Johor.
“We value Yondr’s strategic decision to invest in Sedenak Tech Park as a testament of their confidence in our location and offerings as a world-class data hub for the region.
“As global demand for data centres continues to grow exponentially via cloud computing and consumer mobile Internet, the sheer scale of growing data consumption makes the development of hyper-scale data centre infrastructures a compelling international and regional opportunity for both investors and operators,” he said.
He further added that exposure to Yondr’s well-established partnerships with other major hyper-scale facilities will further fuel Malaysia’s technical infrastructure development and contribute to the country and region’s fast growing digital economy.
Data centre market expects US$800 million revenue by 2025
The Asia Pacific region continues to be an attractive data centre destination given its strategic location, growth potential, swift upsurge of technology platforms and networks across a wide spectrum of markets.
Within Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s data centre market size is expected to hit a revenue of over US$800 million (RM3.24 billion) by 2025 and is already experiencing increasing investment spill-overs due to inherent land constraints in other surrounding markets.
“This deployment in Sedenak Tech Park will provide our hyper-scale clients with an opportunity to exponentially scale their cloud computing requirements and benefit from being strategically located just a stone’s throw from Singapore and Indonesia,” said Aksel Vansten, Acquisition and Development Director for Asia Pacific Region of Yondr Group.
Johor’s location and ample land capacity to build, expand and develop digital infrastructure footprint at affordable levels adds to its intrinsic attraction.
Furthermore, growth in the data centre sector is measured in power, not just in square footage. On this score, Sedenak Tech Park is the top achiever both in its power access of 600MW in critical IT capacity, as well as its vast land mass dedicated to data center development.
Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive of Johor Corporation said that Yondr’s participating is a part of realising the Digital Johor Agenda and Malaysia’s Digital Blueprint roadmap.
“Data centre development is among the key components for our nation’s digital blueprint roadmap. It will provide impetus not only to the ecosystem’s digitalisation, but also enable the fulfilment of our aspiration to become the region’s digital innovation hub.
“Yondr’s hyper-scale data centre deployment in Johor will contribute to the digital transformation ecosystem. To a larger extent, it also signals a positive business climate and market potential within this high-growth economic region in Southeast Asia. We look forward to a collaboration between Yondr and our industrial development arm as they contribute to not just the growth of the region but to wealth creation and distribution of our economy and communities,” he added.
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