Google Announces $2 Billion Investment in Malaysian Data Centre and Cloud Services

Google invests $2 billion in Malaysia to build its first data centre and cloud region, boosting the nation's digital growth and tech capabilities in Southeast Asia.

May 30, 2024 - 00:02
May 30, 2024 - 00:03
Google Announces $2 Billion Investment in Malaysian Data Centre and Cloud Services
Google Announces $2 Billion Investment in Malaysian Data Centre and Cloud Services

Google has announced plans to invest $2 billion in Malaysia, marking its first venture into the country's data centre and cloud services sector. This move is part of a broader trend of global tech companies expanding their presence in Southeast Asia.

The Malaysian government has welcomed this significant investment, emphasizing its potential to drive the country's digital goals forward. The new data centre will use advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), to help local industries compete globally. Southeast Asia, home to 670 million tech-savvy people, has been attracting major investments from technology leaders like Microsoft, Amazon, Nvidia, and Apple.

Google's new data centre and cloud region will be located in Sime Darby Property's Elmina Business Park in Selangor. These facilities will support essential Google services such as Search, Maps, and Workspace, as well as provide AI services. Additionally, the cloud centre will offer solutions to local businesses and government organizations.

"Malaysia and Google are working together to create an environment that supports innovation and unlocks the potential of digital transformation," said Ruth Porat, Google's Chief Financial Officer.

This investment follows a partnership announced last November between the Malaysian government and Google, aimed at accelerating local innovation.

Other tech giants are also making substantial investments in the region. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella recently announced plans to invest $2.2 billion in Malaysia and $1.7 billion in Indonesia for cloud services. Additionally, Malaysian conglomerate YTL's utilities unit has partnered with Nvidia in a $4.3 billion deal to develop AI infrastructure.

Amazon has also committed to investing heavily in Southeast Asia, with plans for $9 billion in Singapore, $5 billion in Thailand, and $6 billion in Malaysia, highlighting the region's growing importance in the tech industry.

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