Malaysia looks to be moving closer to edge data centers and computing capabilities with new projects announced by Bitglass, Green Data Center LLP (GDC) and Vertiv.
A recent survey by Schneider Electric indicated that countries like Malaysia may lag behind the rest of Southeast Asia, as there was only a 9.1% interest level for edge facilities in the country, despite high awareness of edge data centers indicated by Frost and Sullivan.
But interest levels in Malaysia may be growing with the new initiatives announced this year.
Global cloud security provider Bitglass has announced edge data centers in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
The new edge data centers look to provide faster performance of Bitglass services, which implement a ‘unique’ four tier Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture.
David Shepherd, Area Vice President APAC at Bitglass, said: “Our four tier architecture of Global Core Data Centers, Local Edge Data Centers, CDN caches, and SmartEdge endpoint agents uniquely combines security and performance across the globe.”
In comparison with direct access to Software as a Service (SaaS) apps like Office 365 or Salesforce, tests show ‘significant performance boosts’ via local edge data centers, according to Bitglass.
Secure Access Service Edge began emerging as a concept in 2019 after an increase in remote users, SaaS applications and data migration from data centers to cloud services led to greater network security concerns.
SASE combines wide area networking with security solutions like Cloud Access Security Broker, Firewall as a Service or Zero Trust into one cloud service model, allowing for a flexible, global application with a single user interface.
The Malaysian based Green Data Center LLP (GDC) also reportedly has an ambitious four year investment strategy to rollout 85 edge computing data centers throughout Malaysia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
In April, the global digital infrastructure provider, Vertiv, announced a partnership with Innovix Distribution to provide edge infrastructure solutions to Malaysian customers in Government, retail and healthcare.
Teoh Wooi Keat, Country Manager of Vertiv in Malaysia, said: “Malaysia’s digitisation efforts are gaining momentum and businesses are seeing the value of investing in solutions that will enable their critical infrastructure to address customer expectations.”
Taking Southeast Asia to the Edge
The Asia Pacific edge data center market is predicted to expand at over 22% annually with enterprises investing heavily in Singapore, Japan and China. Gartner predicts the percentage of enterprise-generated data will rise to a huge 75% by 2025 from 10% in 2018.
Schneider Electric also revealed future interest in edge facility projects is growing exponentially with the advent of 5G and the Internet of Things.
Leveraging on the growing interest, Schneider Electric produced a number of edge computing solutions and partnered with companies like HP, Dell and Cisco.
The EcoStruxure solutions aim to support the challenges that come with bringing IT systems closer to where data is created, including the unstaffed environments that are under-optimised for IT systems and cybersecurity.
Glen Duncan, Associate Research Director with the Asia Pacific Domain research group for the market intelligence provider IDC, indicated there is significant growth for edge computing markets in Southeast Asian countries that may be lagging behind like Malaysia.
Countries that were far behind in digitisation should not fret, as many countries are capitalising on newer technologies to leapfrog those that are slowed down by legacy infrastructures.
Mr Duncan added: “All it needs is good politicians who are technology and economic-focused.”