MSC Malaysia status firm i-Tech Network Solutions (i-Tech) has launched a green data centre - SAFEHOUSE - to offer managed services including business continuity solutions to Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The launch in Mont' Kiara on 23 October 2012 was attended by representatives from ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Performance Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu), as well as industry partners IBM, Juniper Networks and APC by Schneider Electric.
MDeC head of policy planning and advocacy department, digital enablement division, Tan Tze Meng, said: "Recognising the potential of data centres in economic development, Entry Point Project 3 (EPP3) aims to position Malaysia as a world class data centre hub. SAFEHOUSE, albeit a relatively small player, has huge growth potential. SAFEHOUSE is the perfect solution for small and medium enterprises."
i-Tech chief executive officer Leonard Yee said that the SAFEHOUSE data centre, which is marketed worldwide via MDeC's directory, was built to cater to the high demand for managed and outsourced services in a secure environment. "Businesses are demanding highly secure, reliable and scalable infrastructure when evaluating a data centre. SAFEHOUSE data centre meets these needs and more with its green element."
Yee said i-Tech's target market was predominantly SMEs. "We hope to cater to the small and medium enterprises. Organisations today understand that co-locating their data centres offer the flexibility to upscale or even downscale their technology and as the business grows or as per business requirements, while minimising capital investments," said Leonard, adding that plans are underway to obtain ISO27001 certification.
He said that SAFEHOUSE offered international standard data centre services with increased network reliability and scalability. "This low carbon footprint data centre houses technologies from IBM, Schneider Electric and Juniper Networks, with the capacity of about 100 racks in total. i-Tech had designed SAFEHOUSE to operate as self-contained ecosystems. This Scalable Modular Data Centre (SMDC) architecture promotes lower energy consumption while maintaining a low total cost of ownership."
i-Tech established the SAFEHOUSE data centre in 2011, enabling the company to offer tier-3 data centre facilities. Phase 1 of i-Tech's data centre began in April 2012 and is slightly over 1,000 sq ft with plans to grow to 5,000 sq ft in total.
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