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Keppel DC developing its first greenfield data centre in Malaysia

27 Nov 2018
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The growth of Malaysia’s IT industry continues, with news today emerging of another new data centre on the horizon.

Keppel Data Centres and the Alpha Data Centre Fund (Alpha DC Fund) have sealed a deal to develop and operate their first greenfield data centre in Malaysia.

The Alpha DC Fund has initiated agreements with a technology company (an undisclosed customer) to facilitate the new high-availability build-to-suit data centre, with the initial development and subsequent facilities management undertaken by Keppel Data Centres.

An approximately 24,200 square metre plot of land within an industrial park in Johor that has been appropriated to be a data and research hub for the state is where the facility will be located, featuring minimum Tier III equivalent specifications for concurrent maintainability and around 9,300 square metres of gross floor space.

The companies involved expect the data centre to be complete and operational in 2020.

"Demand for data centres has been increasing with the expansion of the digital economy and the Alpha DC Fund is pleased to be able to capitalise on such growth in the Asia-Pacific region for its investments,” says Alpha DC Fund manager & Alpha Investment Patners CEO Alvin Mah.

“The addition of this greenfield investment provides diversification to the fund's existing portfolio."

According to Mah, the investment has been structured to include and put and call options that will be implementable under certain conditions.

The put option equips the Fund with the option to require Keppel Data Centres to purchase the holding company indirectly holding the data centre and its underlying land title sublease over an agreed period. If it is put in place, the companies are confident it will allow Keppel Data Centres to secure a steady cash flow from the data centre while also enabling greater flexibility for the Alpha DC Fund to create value for its investors within the fund life window.

And then in terms of the call option, over an agreed period the customer is able to buy back the data centre.

"Enterprises have been moving to rationalise their ageing data centre infrastructure, including moving many workload requirements to the cloud. In response, major cloud service providers and technology companies are expanding rapidly outside of top tier data centre markets to cater to this demand,” says Keppel Data Centres CEO Wong Wai Meng.

“Our customers in these segments recognise the value that Keppel Data Centres brings to the table when planning future IT workloads and data centre deployments. We are proud to be partners enabling our customers' regional expansion requirements."