Microsoft Corporation has unveiled its plans to establish its first data centre region within Malaysia under the Bersama Malaysia initiative.
The data centre region, which will be situated in Greater Kuala Lumpur, will deliver trusted cloud services locally as well as world-class data security, privacy including the ability to store data in-country, said Microsoft Malaysia Managing Director K. Raman.
“We are proud to cement our partnership with the nation to accelerate its digital economy…Public-private partnerships are key enablers to propel Malaysia’s digital economy forward,” he said at the memorandum signing ceremony conducted at the Zenith Hotel.
“Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative reflects our joint commitment in support of the nation’s MyDigital aspirations, as we empower every person and every organisation in Malaysia to achieve more,” he said as quoted by Malay Mail.
The data centre region’s establishment is also a symbol of the US$1 billion (RM4.12 billion) commitment of Microsoft to Malaysia in the next five years, said Raman.
Aside from the setting up of the data centre region within the country, Microsoft also pledged “to skill one million Malaysians by 2023”.
Raman revealed that the data centre will deliver access to the entire Microsoft Cloud including Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, Microsoft Azure and Power Platform, reported Malay Mail.
“The new data centre region will also deliver Azure Availability Zones, providing additional resilience options for highly available applications and support Microsoft’s sustainability goals,” he said.
“Microsoft has a global commitment to shift to 100% supply of renewable energy by 2025…This means that Microsoft will have power purchase agreements for green energy contracted for 100% of carbon-emitting electricity consumed by all its data centres, buildings, and campuses, including the planned Malaysia data centre region.”
With the Bersama Malaysia initiative, Microsoft committed to work with the Malaysian government, enterprises and startups to support the digital transformation goals of the country.
“Specifically, Microsoft in partnership with the Social and Economic Research Initiative (SERI), MyDigital, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) and Celcom Axiata Berhad,” said Raman.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was also present at the signing ceremony, said the government would lead by example, migrating 80% of its data to the cloud by end-2022.
“This migration and having a government super-app in the near future, will go far in widening the datasets, in order for the government to pull insights to identify societal issues and coordinate support for the needy,” he said at the signing ceremony.
“By understanding pattern behaviours and correlations, we hope to be able to use it for predictive analytics, and by addressing these issues will help improve public sector service delivery and empower the Rakyat,” said Muhyiddin as quoted by Malay Mail.
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