Digital infrastructure company, Equinix Inc., has today announced that it plans to build a new International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data center in Johor, Malaysia, its first data center facility in the country.

Codenamed JH1, the new data center is to provide 500 cabinets and 1,960 square meters of colocation space, with an initial investment of approximately $40 million. The company intend to support Malaysian companies and multinationals doing business in Malaysia with access to Platform Equinix® through the new facility.

“Establishing a presence in Johor strengthens Equinix’s leadership position in Asia-Pacific within a strategic market such as Malaysia, one of the most requested markets in Asia-Pacific by our global customers,” said Jeremy Deutsch, President, Asia-Pacific, Equinix.

“I would like to express our gratitude to the Digital Investment Office (DIO), Invest Johor, and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for their assistance and support. We look forward to deepening our collaboration through future expansion, maximizing local businesses’ digital growth potential with rich digital experiences and outcomes.”

Scheduled to begin operations in Q1 2024, JH1 is designed to be a two-story facility and expected to position Equinix in line with the ‘MyDIGITAL initiative’ launched by the Malaysian Government – which aims to provide a blueprint for the country to accelerate growth of digital products and services. Equinix also expects to get more opportunities for further expansion into new metros and market segments in Malaysia through the new facility.

“While the digital economy represents a catalyst for the Malaysian economy, data centers are integral in supporting digital ecosystems and their sustained growth,” said Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, Chief Minister of Johor.

“We welcome this investment by Equinix, along with the global expertise they bring to Johor, as well as the rich digital experiences and outcomes that will benefit this state and the country. We are looking forward to working together, in transforming Malaysia into a digitally driven, high-income nation at the forefront of this region’s digital economy.”

In October, Equinix also entered Indonesia with a $74Million Data Center investment – an eight-story facility that is designed to provide more than 1,600 cabinets and over 5,300 square meters of colocation space when fully built which is scheduled for the second half of 2024.