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New York's Uptime Institute awards design certification to Malaysian data centre

AvantiKumar | June 11, 2013
The Tier III Certification is a big win for Malaysia and is the second distinction given to the country's largest data centre, says CSF Group's chief executive officer Adrian Yong.

Adrian Yong - CSF Group modified 

                        Photo - Adrian Yong, CEO, CSF Group plc


According to data centre space provider CSF Group, the award by New York's Uptime Institute of Tier III Certification to its CSF Computer Exchange (CX5) facility in Malaysia is only the third such distinction given to any data centre in Asia.

CSF Group chief executive officer Adrian Yong said the certification from the New York-based accreditation body Uptime Institute follows the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Data Centre Service Provider of the Year award, which singled out the high utilisation rate of CSF Group's facilities as well as various green data centre initiatives.

Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] head of digital enablement division, Ir Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad, said: "The certification of CSF's facility complements well with the aspiration of the Government to enhance the capability of local data centre service providers. As such, MDeC, which is mandated to develop the data centre industry in Malaysia under the Economic Transformation Program (ETP), provided the necessary support to CSF in attaining the Uptime Tier III certification".

Located in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Cx5, which has a gross floor area of 580,000 sq ft and net data centre area of 200,000 sq ft, is also the first data centre in Malaysia to be Green Building Index (GBI) certified, said CSF Group's Yong. Other features include:

- High floor loading of 15kN/sq m with 1 m of raised floor power density scalable to 2000W/sq m

- 4 x 25 MVA transformers for 33kV incoming power feeds

- 17 x 2 MVA diesel power generators for mission critical load with more than 48 hours diesel fuel backup storage

- N+1 or N+N option for infrastructure

- Chilled water refrigeration plants with chilled water buffer storage tanks

- Chilled water precision air conditioning system

-High Sensitivity Smoke Detection System

- Carrier neutral with 8 MDF (Telco) rooms

- State-of-the-art security access controls, alarms and CCTV surveillance

Economic Transformation Programme

"Being awarded Tier III certification is proof of our commitment to providing only the highest level of service to our customers as well as our dedication to help Malaysia realise its goal of being a regional data centre hub," said Yong. We are both proud and glad that our brand of data centres, CSF Computer Exchanges, has been acknowledged by our industry peers and an international accreditation body."

He said the group would continue to cooperate with MDeC to drive the country closer to its goal of being a regional data centre hub by 2020, and worked with the Entry Point Project 3 (EPP3) team in order to obtain the Tier III certification. The EPP3 is a government initiative under the Economic Transformation Programme [ETP] to increase data centre space and help to add RM2.1 billion (US$696 million) towards the country's Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020.

Yong said the certification meant the CX5 facility met the industry best practices and would provide an availability of close to 99.98 percent; providing customers with superior levels of business continuity.

The Uptime Institute, headquartered in New York, is an independent global organisation that provides third party data centre research, education and consultation.

Established in 1991, CSF Group, which provides data centre facilities and services throughout Southeast Asia, has 35 percent market share in Malaysia.


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