Collaborative breakthrough: advancing hyperscale green data centre in Borneo

Solarvest Borneo Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of clean energy leader Solarvest Holdings Berhad, has formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in collaboration with the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS), Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia), and GreenBay CES Sdn Bhd (GreenBay).

This strategic partnership represents a significant stride toward nurturing the hyperscale green data centre industry within the Borneo region. Collectively, these four entities aspire to champion environmental responsibility by establishing hyperscale data centres designed to diminish carbon footprints and maximise resource utilisation. Ultimately, the objective of this initiative is to elevate the sustainability, dependability, and efficiency of data services.

By leveraging the distinctive strengths and expertise of each collaborator, this partnership is committed to establishing an advanced hyperscale green data centre testbed and an all-encompassing training initiative in Sarawak. This endeavour is primed to catalyse cooperative research and development efforts, thereby stimulating the creation of intellectual property in the domain of clean energy solutions.

Solarvest Borneo will contribute its profound knowledge in green energy and energy efficiency solutions, CENTEXS will furnish a designated testbed area for hands-on data centre operational training, while Huawei Malaysia will bring its technological prowess in cloud computing, enterprise intelligence, renewable energy, and data centres to support the educational aspects of the programme. In parallel, GreenBay will offer its specialised insights into constructing future-proofed data centres in a cost-effective manner.

Director of Solarvest Borneo, Mr. Leon Liew Chee Ing stated, “Given the Malaysian Government’s focus on data centres within the digital ecosystem development, our green data centre testbed and training programme are poised to set the benchmark for environmentally responsible hyperscale data centres.”

“Leveraging on Solarvest’s expertise in green energy and energy efficiency solutions, we are positioned to play a pivotal role in creating environmentally conscious and energy-efficient data centres. Our strategy incorporates renewable energy sources, cutting-edge cooling methods, and efficient server designs, all contributing to a substantial reduction in energy consumption and emissions,” Mr. Leon added.

Chief Executive Officer of CENTEXS, Tuan Haji Syeed Mohd Hussien Wan Abdul Rahman highlighted, “We are delighted to offer a learning arena dedicated to nurturing the skills of Sarawak’s emerging generation. The data centre testbed provides valuable hands-on exposure for students, professionals, and researchers eager to delve into the intricacies of data centre operations, management, and maintenance. Within this controlled environment, participants can acquire insights into data centre management spanning server deployment, cooling strategies, energy monitoring, and security protocols.”

Vice President of Digital Power Business Unit of Huawei Malaysia, Mr. Chong Chern Peng said, “Huawei Malaysia is excited to collaborate in this venture with a focus on the sustainable, simplified, and reliable characteristics within the domain of data centres. As environmental awareness grows, the adoption of green practises to mitigate the ecological impact of data centres is increasing. This partnership aims to jointly explore and develop prospects in cloud computing, enterprise intelligence, renewable energy, and data centres. Huawei Malaysia is dedicated to enhancing Malaysia’s clean energy ecosystem through our digital and sustainable green technology solutions. Leveraging our extensive expertise as a leading global ICT solutions provider, we are committed to addressing market needs and nurturing local talent in solar and battery technologies. We are delighted to join forces with the Sarawak Government to further their clean energy aspirations,” added Mr. Chong.

Director of GreenBay, Mr. Nic Chong Lin Kong said, “Being a forward-thinking leader in constructing future-proofed data centres and sustainable energy facilities, we provide a comprehensive array of services and solutions, from inception to maintenance, with a primary focus on enhancing total cost efficiency. In response to the escalating data generation, the significance of hyperscale data centres become imperative to accommodate the expanding storage and processing requirements. Designed to manage enormous data volumes, hyperscale data centres effectively cater to the escalating demands of cloud computing, IoT, AI, and big data analytics. This scale advantage fosters economies of scale, driving down costs per computation and storage unit. The incorporation of multiple redundancies and failover mechanisms ensures unparallelled availability and reliability, subsequently reducing instances of downtime. Remarkably, hyperscale centres are capable of real-time processing of vast data quantities, facilitating advanced analytics and insights.”

This collaboration aligns seamlessly with Solarvest’s ambitious 5-Year strategic roadmap, aimed at solidifying its position as a pioneering force in regenerative clean energy. The extensive partnership forged among CENTEXS, Huawei Malaysia, Solarvest Borneo, and Greenbay underscores their shared dedication to propelling the hyperscale green data centre industry forward.

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