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PUTRAJAYA, April 19 -- Microsoft Corporation’s first datacentre region in Malaysia is set to deliver trusted cloud services locally, with world-class data security, privacy and the ability to store data in the country.
Microsoft Malaysia managing director K Raman said the datacentre region, which will be located in Kuala Lumpur, is a combination of three datacentres that are all together connected to a low latency network and able to deliver the best cloud solution for the country.
“By building a datacentre here in Malaysia, we are helping to drive the usage of clouds across all different industries.
“Microsoft as a company sees huge potential in the diversity in the Malaysian public and the skills capability that we can develop together with Malaysia to serve the region,” he told reporters after Microsoft's Bersama Malaysia event here, today.
The event was officiated by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with the virtual appearance of Microsoft Corp executive vice president and president of global sales, marketing and operations Jean-Phillippe Courtois.
Raman said the datacentre region in Malaysia is part of Microsoft's global datacentre region that would be connected to its 60 datacentre region globally.
“This large complex project of building the datacentre is not only for Malaysian market but also to serve the world. We are working with the government to make our datacentre here a regional datacentre to serve Asia and also globally,” he said.
He said the new datacentre region would also deliver Microsoft’s Azure Availability Zones, providing additional resilience options for highly available applications and support its sustainability goals.
Asked on Microsoft’s participation in the government's plan to migrate 80 per cent of the government data cloud by end-2022, Raman said they are working closely with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU).
“Microsoft is one of the cloud service providers appointed by the government to support the MyDigital (Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint) initiative. At the moment, we working closely with MAMPU in mapping (out) the 80 per cent migration, in what area that Microsoft can contribute,” he said.
Besides building a datacentre region in Malaysia, he said Microsoft has also pledged to train one million Malaysians by end-2023 with new digital skills.
Overall, he said this investment is part of Microsoft's Bersama Initiative which reflected its joint commitment in support of the nation’s MyDigital aspirations.
“With over 200 employees and 2,000 partners in the country, we will continue to support a digitally-enabled government, empower businesses to build resilience digitally, and bridge the digital opportunities for Malaysians,” he added.