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NTT Launches New Data Centre Expansion for Cyberjaya Campus
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November 8, 2023 News

 

Written by: Mohammad Al Amin, Journalist, AOPG.

Nippon Telegraph and Telecommunication Corporation Limited (NTT Ltd) has recently launched a new data centre at the NTT Cyberjaya campus located in Cyberjaya 6 (CBJ6). This state-of-the-art data centre, boasting a remarkable investment exceeding RM 234 million (USD $50 million), is set to operate as a complementary expansion facility to the Cyberjaya 5 (CBJ5) data centre, which was constructed in 2021.

The launch day was kicked off by Ho Yee Chung, Managing Director of NTT Global Data Centres in Malaysia, who stated that NTT will continue to remain steadfast and dedicated to the future developments of their Cyberjaya data centre, in the effort to position Malaysia as a data centre hub in the region and as a digitally connected country. This effort aligns with Malaysia’s digital vision growth, aiming to be an ‘Asian Digital Tiger’ by 2025.

The next step is to continue to emphasise Malaysia’s technology growth and create job opportunities to help boost the economy in this country,” stated Ho.

He then added that the NTT Cyberjaya campus was built around the theme ‘Forest Digital’ to create a more environmentally sustainable data centre campus: “NTT combines, merges nature and technology into one ecosystem, which aligned with our sustainability goal of achieving net-zero or carbon neutral scheme by 2030 for our headquarters and the entire supply chain by 2040.”

Members of the media were invited to tour the new data centre building – guided by Ho Yee Chung himself. During the tour, Ho explained that it took 15 years for the Cyberjaya campus to be completed. He added that each building in the data centre complex is named based on a season; Morii (Summer), Momiji (Fall), Yuki (Winter) and Sakura (Spring). Sakura, the sixth and most recent addition to NTT’s Cyberjaya campus, marks a significant milestone in its data centre expansion. While it represents the latest addition, NTT is already actively pursuing plans for additional facilities in the near future, ensuring the continued growth of its data centre infrastructure.

In fact, according to Ho, they have already begun construction work for a new building or facility on a land lot which is also located within the Cyberjaya campus grounds. As to what this building or facility is for specifically, Ho only mentions that it will be dedicated to future technological research and development.

The tour’s first stop was a server room in the new data centre building, which, although still under preparation, appeared unoccupied. Nevertheless, the room is fully ready for immediate operation once the servers are installed. According to Ho, because processing, receiving, and delivering data consumes a lot of power, it generates a lot of heat. To maintain a stable environment and reduce temperature, NTT has installed advanced cooling wall technology that operates 24/7 under the supervision of NTT expert operators and engineers.

The NTT team guided us through the redundant backup generator room, which features a three-layer redundancy system with colour-coded generators for streamlined monitoring. These generators operate both automatically and manually, and engineers conduct regular drills to ensure rapid response during power outages.

As the tour drew to a close, Ho unveiled NTT’s meticulously designed Zen Garden. This serene oasis, conceived with the well-being of NTT’s employees in mind, underscores the company’s unwavering dedication to fostering a holistic approach to health and its broader mission of environmentally sustainable data centre operations.

Creating a More Sustainable Data Centres Environment

During the subsequent Q&A session, Ho discussed NTT’s sustainability initiatives. He emphasised their focus on efficiency, exemplified by the use of water-based cooling systems instead of refrigerant chemicals to maintain stable server room temperatures. However, given the data centre’s 24/7 operation, NTT is also researching the incorporation of fresh air as a sustainable cooling alternative, while being mindful of water usage.

Touching further on the topic, Ho stated, “Malaysia needs to catch up in alternative energy source usage and management.” He then shared that currently, NTT is working together with Suruhanjaya Tenaga Malaysia under a programme called Corporate Green Power Programme, as one of the pioneering companies in researching green and alternative energy technologies for data centres. Ho explained that they are actively working to further develop solar energy as one of the main alternative energies used to power data centres.

In addition to solar energy research, NTT is also pursuing the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) initiative, which involves researching the use of photonic energy instead of electricity as a part of its sustainability plan for the next generation.

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