The Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Convention (MYCDC) 2021 brought to spotlight on the massive game-changing developments in the cloud and data center industry.
The year 2021 can be defined as a year when businesses are putting in place strategies that can help them thrive in the ‘New Normal’. Life post COVID-19 is definitely not the same. The rules of the game have changed. Every business, from across sectors, is now embracing ‘digital’ as the accepted norm. Corporations around the world are rethinking how to reach and serve customers, improve their digitalisation footprint, build reliable supply chains, ensure employee productivity and drive the sustainability agenda.
If these objectives have to be achieved, then a robust cloud and data centre infrastructure have to be in place. Add to this, the internet penetration is one of the strongest drivers for the data center market across Southeast Asia. Moreover, social media usage among consumers and digital transformation by enterprises across industry verticals are other major factors promoting data center growth.
Malaysia is quickly maturing into a fully-fledged Cloud Computing hub. A total of MYR 21.6 bn was assigned to the National Fiberisation & Connectivity Plan (NFCP) in and 2020 and has seen developments throughout 2021. Malaysia is a mature market for data centers and has a strong presence in the Southeast Asian region. The country is witnessing investments in around five facilities, expected to be operational in the next 2-3 years.
As the roll-out of 5G connectivity throughout Malaysia accelerates towards a head, the resulting high-speed access from NFCP, allows for a total evolution of how businesses exist in the digital sphere.Along with data centres, cyber security has assumed a new meaning in the aftermath of the Pandemic. Attacks across the spectrum have dramatically increased which has resulted in enterprises and governments- both being vulnerable.
This has had financial implications and could have geo-political ramifications if not addressed immediately. Enterprises have begun securing their assets and we received many interesting used cases on preventing attacks. With its expansive terrain, and proximity to relatively developed cloud computing hubs such as Singapore, Malaysia has begun to position itself as a data center hub.
The keynote was delivered by Tan Tze Meng, Head of Data Cloud Business Unit, Digital Infrastructure and Services Department, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He touched upon the fact that Malaysia has abundant reserves of resources and favorable government policies for data centers, which will be significant factors driving the growth of the market. Not only international Data Center providers invested in this project, but also Malaysia’s local service provider.
Panel Discussion on Migration to Cloud – Data Protection, Security and Costs; personalising cloud requirements, the world of Multi-Hybrid Cloud and Next Generation Green Data Centers were discussed in detail. The event saw 120 attendees.