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'Malaysia can become data storage hub'

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GREAT POTENTIAL: Capitalise on existing good infrastructure in nation, says minister

MALAYSIA has the  potential to become a data storage centre in the cloud computing industry, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said Malaysia had the edge because existing infrastructure and the low possibility of natural disasters occurring in the country would encourage its growth.

"Malaysia's growth as a data storage centre should be encouraged, expanded and promoted because it has extensive space for data storage servers.

"This infrastructure is important because it enables data handling to be managed more effectively," he said after launching cloud computing service's AwanHeiTech Exchange 2013, organised by HeiTech Padu Bhd, here, yesterday.

He said operators of data storage facilities must boost the confidence of foreign companies in Malaysia's capability in the sector.

"We cannot depend on local companies alone without looking into raising the confidence of the international community in picking Malaysia as their cloud data storage centre.

"Thus, there are many things we need to look into, including issues of application and security -- whether data stored in Malaysia can be breached or hacked. These are the issues we need to work on to build up our image."

Ahmad Shabery also encouraged local companies to venture into this field.

So far, there are only five information and technology companies offering data storage services.

In a related development, Ahmad Shabery said he also planned to introduce cloud computing services to the Education Ministry to improve the learning and teaching process in schools. Bernama

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek visiting a booth at the AwanHeiTech Exchange 2013 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Bernama pic


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