IBM and CSF team up for data centre

  • Business
  • Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003


IBM Malaysia and CSF Advisers Sdn Bhd have teamed up to set up a one-stop business continuity, disaster planning and recovery services centre. 

Under this partnership, CSF provides CSF Computer Exchange - a purpose-built data centre sited in Cyberjaya that has the requisite infrastructure for IBM, which would then be able to deliver total solutions in disaster planning to businesses that require them. 

IBM managing director Voon Seng Chuan said that over half the company's clients did not have disaster recover strategies. 

“Traditional disaster planning fails because it does not take all business continuity factors into account. Unfortunately, some companies learn the hard way that while they may have taken adequate measures to protect their centralised computing infrastructure, the business end user environment did not enjoy a similar level of contingency planning,” he said. 

At a signing ceremony yesterday in Putrajaya to formalise the collaboration, Voon said that IBM would take an initial 15,000 sq ft in the building, which would be completed in early May.  

It plans to close its data centre in Subang and perhaps eventually relocate its other data centre at its headquarters in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur to Cyberjaya.  

About RM30mil has been invested in CSF Computer Exchange which has a built-up area of 45,000 sq ft.  

CSF Adviser expected to sign up six tenants this year, and was currently speaking to a bank, its director Adrian Yong said.  

The company already has expansion plans and is eyeing a block next to CSF Computer Exchange.  

Multimedia Development Corp senior vice-president Datuk V Danabalan who was at the signing ceremony, said that the government was reconsidering making incentives more attractive to companies wanting to establish shared services facilities in Cyberjaya, and was currently in talks with big names such as German car maker, BMW. 

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