Chinese data center developer and operator GDS Holdings Limited, has announced the company plans to expand its data center platform to South East Asia with the development of a hyperscale campus in Johor, Malaysia.

As designed, the new data center facility will provide 54MW of total IT power capacity with a total net floor area of approximately 22,500 square meters. Already, GDS has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a greenfield land parcel in the Nusajaya Tech Park, Johor.

“We are very excited to take the first major step in the execution of our regionalization plan with this strategically located project in Johor. Our home market Chinese customers see great potential for digital transformation in Malaysia and the South East Asia region. They are strongly supportive of our development strategy,” said William Huang, Chairman and CEO of GDS Holdings.

The Nusajaya site is also located in close proximity to Singapore, enabling GDS to target the data center needs of current and prospective customers in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as Chinese customers seeking to expand their presence in both countries.

“We are thrilled to welcome this investment from GDS and the data center expertise they bring to Johor. Their presence in the Nusajaya Tech Park is the perfect complement to our agenda to drive development in digital transformation and solidifying Johor’s strategic location as a hub for regional growth,” said Dato’ Haji Hasni bin Mohammad, Chief Minister of Johor.

According to GDS, the first phase of this data center development will enable the delivery of 18MW IT power capacity which is expected to be completed in early 2024.

The Malaysia campus is another indication of GDS’ effort to expand its footprint internationally, following the groundbreaking of its first self-developed Hong Kong data center (HK1)- located in Kwai Chung. Scheduled to be customer-ready by mid-2022, HK1 is expected to be a carrier-neutral 20-story data center facility with a gross floor area of 22,931 square meters, including 11 floors of data halls upon full build.