Malaysia, India next big data center hotspots As costs of building and operating data centers in Asia increase in traditional hotspots such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, other countries such as Malaysia and India have emerged as alternative sites for their improving infrastructure and lower costs. Mayank Kapoor, industry analyst of ICT practice at Frost & Sullivan, said new contenders have arrived on the horizon to offer competition to current favorites such as Hong Kong and Singapore because of the rapid increase in costs in these markets. Malaysia and India have been highlighted as the main contenders in the next wave of emerging hotspots, with their attractions including lower costs, strong growth in domestic demand, and an improving ICT infrastructure, Kapoor added. Saravanan Krishnan, director of platforms and solutions business for Asia-Pacific at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), added Malaysia’s stock is rising because it has comparable infrastructure in its cities such as Kuala Lumpur, compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. The Malaysian government has also been very supportive of welcoming business into the country, offering tax benefits for companies looking to set up operations there, Krishnan stated. Its focus on green initiatives is another benefit for datacenter operators keen… Read full this story
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