Bridge Data Centres & ByteDance Open 1st Hyperscale DC In Malaysia

Bridge Data Centres (BDC), Nasdaq-listed Chindata Group together with ByteDance, announced the opening of BDC’s first phase hyperscale data centre (MY06) in Sedenak, Johor.

As a part of the plan, Phase 1 of the project covers the first of the three buildings in the 110MW hyperscale data centre project which spans across 38 acres of land area. Leveraging on innovative construction and design methodologies, the construction of the data centre is being completed in record time of approximately 2,200,000 working hours (314 days) since breaking ground in November 2021, company officials said.

A subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed Chindata Group, Bridge Data Centres is one of the largest data center providers in the region, providing hyperscale and wholesale data center solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, Bridge Data Centres will be operating 150+ MW of IT capacity across India and Malaysia.

The project received full support and facilitation from the federal and state governments including the Digital Investment Office (DIO), a fully-digital collaborative platform between the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). The grand opening was graced by the Chief Minister of Johor and other dignitaries to mark the success of Malaysia as a competitive nation in attracting data centre investment.

MyDIGITAL Momentum

It also aligns with the country’s aim to attract RM70 billion investments in digitalisation under the MyDIGITAL initiative. Also present to witness the event was Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, who said:

“We are excited and honoured to have been chosen by Bridge Data Centres and ByteDance as their choice of location for the establishment of this hyperscale data centre venture. MIDA through Digital Investment Office (DIO) and Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) have been very supportive of this project since its pre-investment stage right up to the implementation phase. I remember chairing several meetings to facilitate this project with various stakeholders including electricity requirements from TNB, land matters, as well as water requirements.”

BDC is also the first company with Malaysia Digital status to complete the construction and handover the business-ready hyperscale data centre in 2022.

Today’s event demonstrates that Malaysia is still the most desirable location in the region for data centre hubs. Supported by the country’s vast resources, favourable environment and advancement in digital infrastructure, Malaysia has developed into a mature market for data centres. This illustrates the country’s readiness to serve as a regional data centre hub.” added Datuk Wira Arham.

Ts. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC said:

“On behalf of MDEC, I would like to congratulate BDC on the opening of Phase 1 of the hyperscale data centre. This facility will increase not only latency and efficiency, but also will help attract other global businesses and investments into the country. It adds to the momentum that we have built with the launch of Malaysia Digital, a new national strategic initiative, which seeks to catalyse the growth of our digital economy.”

With the rapid growth of the cloud service providers and digital media, BDC has the full support from the US-based Bain Capital to expand its hyperscale data centre business in the Southeast Asia region. The company will be building another 100 MW of data centre in the next five years across Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Digital Investment Office (DIO), Invest Johor, and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for their tremendous assistance and support for this project. We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Malaysian government as we expand our business in Malaysia to support our clients.” said Lim DZ Shing, President of Bridge Data Centres.

ByteDance will be the anchor tenant of BDC’s hyperscale data centre with long-term investment commitment in the country.

“We are excited to partner with BDC in our data centre operations. The commitments we are making today reflect our continued investment into the growth of Malaysia’s digital economy. As we continue to provide interconnected online experiences to people across the globe while offering them world-class privacy and security protections, we look forward to working closely with the Malaysia government to expand its data governance leadership globally,” said Teresa Tan, Director of Public Policy, Southeast Asia, ByteDance.


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