AirTrunk, an Asia Pacific & Japan hyperscale data centre specialist, has announced that it’s entering Malaysia with the development of a 150+ megawatt (MW) data centre in Johor Bahru. Named as AirTrunk JHB1, the new data centre spanning 10.3 hectares of land is the company’s first in Malaysia and the 9th in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. The upcoming data centre will increase its data centre platform to over 1.35 gigawatts (GW) of capacity and it aims to be Malaysia’s most efficient and sustainable hyperscale data centre.
According to AirTrunk, the facility will be a major cloud availability zone for its customers and it offers strong domestic and international connection to regional technology hubs including Singapore, with end-to-end border connection strategy. Driven by rapidly increasing cloud adoption in Southeast Asia, it added that JHB1 will be anchored by one of the world’s largest technology companies.
AirTrunk Founder & CEO Robin Khuda said, “It is an exciting time for our business as we announce a new data centre in a new country with a large anchor tenant. AirTrunk continues to develop critical digital infrastructure to support accelerating digitalisation in the region.”
Sustainability and efficiency are some of the major highlights of the JHB1. Funded under AirTrunk’s sustainability-linked loan framework, it will include several sustainable innovations which include indirect evaporative cooling (IEC) and direct-to-chip liquid cooling technology. AirTrunk shared that liquid cooling technology will enable its customers to deploy high density racks, reducing energy consumption by up to 20%.
The data centre will also feature solar-ready roof that’s equipped to add 5MW of solar panels. The new facility is also said to be designed to AirTrunk’s industry-low power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15 and renewable energy supply options will be available to customers.
Its Chief Technology Officer Damien Spillane said “With its flexible designs and innovations driving energy and water efficiencies in tropic climates, JHB1 will be the most sustainable data centre in Malaysia. In line with our Net Zero by 2030 target, we are working with our customers to source renewable energy to match electricity consumption at the data centre.”
AirTrunk JHB1 will commence construction soon and it is expected to be completed in 2024. During the initial phase, JHB1 will provide 50MW of capacity and it is ready to scale out to a total capacity of more than 150MW, with further expansion based on customer demand.
For more info, you can check out AirTrunk’s JHB1 page.
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