Looking to a green future

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

– The Sun- WITH more and more companies seeing the value of going ‘green’, it is no wonder that even the most basic level of business communications – data centres – are following the trend.

Cisco, the global leader in networking, announced at the recent inaugural Cisco Summit Malaysia 2010 that it is partnering with Teliti Datacentres (Teliti), a locally-owned systems integrator, to build Malaysia’s first ‘green’ data centre facility.

The state-of-the-art data centre facility will host and provide a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions and services with lower energy consumption and less impact on the environment.

The collaboration between Cisco and Teliti is a commitment by both companies to drive the adoption of ‘green’ technology in line with Malaysia’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions by 40% within the next two years.

The 120,000-sq ft facility will be located at the Enstek high-technology business park in Nilai, Negri Sembilan. The first phase, comprising 45,000sq ft, is targeted for completion by early 2012.

Some of the key services that will be provided include co-location, connectivity and hosted services, with a wide range of managed services such as security, disaster recovery and business continuity.

According to Anne Abraham, managing director of Cisco Malaysia: “A data centre is the heartbeat of any organisation, and also one of the biggest consumers of energy in the company, taking up to 40% of the total power consumption.

“A ‘green’ data centre will not only provide the organisation with a strong strategic advantage, but also help it align with the government’s environmental goals.”

Teliti Computers managing director Mohamed Nasir Abdul Majid said the project would follow the requirements of the Malaysia’s Green Building Index.

“Among the ‘green’ measures to be adopted include solar panels on the roof-tops with a green-roofing system and also rainwater harvesting for the smart cooling systems.

“This will help us capture more business opportunities as well as address environmental concerns,” he said.

The ‘green’ data centre will incorporate a reliable and fully redundant power supply to enable almost full uptime to all equipment.

The building will also sport an environmentally-friendly exterior and utilise solar energy and rainwater harvesting in its day-to-day operations. – Anansa Jacob

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