According to reports, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) may soon establish a national policy framework for data centres across the country to meet the demands of the digital needs of companies. In the previous budget, we also saw the allocation for data centre parks. The country has become a hotbed of cloud-based innovation, supporting huge data assets and workloads.
While large public cloud vendors made their entry into the country in the last decade, the data centre market is dominated by local names which may also be little known in the mainstream tech space. But they are creating a huge impact on the technology industry in India. In this article, we will take a look at such data centre operators who are managing India’s critical infrastructure.
The list is in no particular order.
Based out of Hyderabad, CtrlS is one of the leading Rated-4 data centre companies in India. The company was the first data centre Service provider to bring Rated-4 certified data centres in the country, which were earlier fully redundant in nature with uptime SLA of 99.995%.
CtrlS provides services including DC Build, data centre colocation, consulting, cloud managed services, etc. CtrlS Data was founded in 2008 by the Pioneer Group, which is involved in IT services, consulting and infrastructure. With over 20,000 racks planned across India, CtrlS have their data centre in cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and Noida, and plans of setting up another centre in Chennai. As per its website, its client list includes names like Axis Bank, DBS, Deloitte, FedEx, Jet Airways, PayTM, State Bank of India, SpiceJet, Tata AIG Insurance, Vodafone, SAP, Disney, etc.
Started In 1998, Sify Technologies was one of the first Indian ISPs. Today Sify is the largest data centre operator, service provider, systems integrator, and all-in-one network solutions companies in India. The company offers end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range of products, delivered over a shared data network infrastructure expanding to more than 1600 cities and towns in India.
Its network today connects 45 data centres across India, including Sify’s six concurrently maintainable data centres across the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Sify works with an extensive list of cloud partners for their data centre needs including HPE, Cisco, NetApp, Dell EMC, Citrix, Tata Teleservices, Google, Hitachi Vantara and many others.
Part of the Hiranandani Group, Yotta has risen to become one of the largest data centre providers of India in recent years. Yotta aims to attract the biggest technology companies and help them with their infrastructure. The company has partnered with companies Huawei, Microsoft, Nutanix, AWS, Veeam, etc for data centre operations.
The company aims to build a scalable, hyper-density data centre ecosystem ready for the future growth of data in India. The Yotta NM1 – Panvel in Mumbai is India’s largest data centre, and the company will be building other large data centres in Chennai and Delhi. The company provides services like Colocation, Connectivity, Cloud Services, Managed Security, IT Managed Services and DC Build.
STT GDC India
STT GDC has over 100 data centres in more than 16 major global business markets including China, India, Singapore, UK and Thailand. With a wide range of data centre solutions, the data centre company hosts mission-critical infrastructure for some of the top Fortune 500 firms.
In India, the data centre operator has 16 carrier neutral facilities across eight cities. Its major focus area is data centre colocation, with the capacity to satisfy the ever-changing requirements of the Indian cloud marketplace. Its data centre facilities cover India’s largest floor area scattered across more than 2.5 million sq. Ft. in eight cities and offer 105 MW of critical IT load.
Netmagic Solutions was founded in 2000 as India’s first pure-play private data centre service provider. Netmagic has proved itself as the data centre provider of choice for clients with mission-critical hosting for Indian tech companies. The company manages IT infrastructure for over 2000 businesses, with more than 10,000 devices under management and eight highest standard data centres in Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Noida (Delhi).
Netmagic was acquired by NTT Communications Group which has a data centre footprint of 250+ data centres around the globe. The core services include managed dedicated hosting, managed storage services, pre-provisioned servers, and SAP application hosting.
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Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.