With over a billion mobile phones and close to a billion internet subscribers, India has witnessed tremendous growth in the digital-ecosystem. According to the Ministry of Electronics and IT, India’s data consumption demands for strong growth of data centres. As per the MeITY survey on the need for data centres, Indians consume up to 10 GB/month (2018), as opposed to 0.3GB/month in 2014, and it is expected to rise up to 21 exabytes per month by 2025.
Reports suggest that data centre markets can attract investments of the order of $4.9 billion in the next five years. Currently, the country has around 375 MW installed power capacity for data centres, and as per projections, this may grow to three times by 2025. So, who are the key players who are capitalising on this rise in demand?
In the next section, we take a look at the top projects that are poised to take advantage of the burgeoning field of data centres in India.
Yotta’s Data centres In Noida, Mumbai & Chennai
Last week, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh laid the foundation stone of Yotta Data centre park at Greater Noida. This will be North India’s first hyper-scale data centre park and will be spread across 20-acres, it will host six data centre buildings with 30,000 racks capacity and offer 250MW of total power. Yotta D1 will begin late December this year and will feature 5000 rack capacity, 42MW power and will go live by July 2022.
Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani Group subsidiary, has made two other major announcements this year. It had recently sealed a deal with the Government of Tamil Nadu to set up a Data centre Park in Chennai. The Hiranandani Group and its group companies, along with Yotta, will invest ₹3000-4000 crores in this proposed project over the next 8-10 years. Along with this Yotta Infra has inaugurated India’s largest data centre building, Yotta NM1, a Tier IV Data centre — the second largest in the world. Yotta NM1 Data centre is located in the 600-acre Hiranandani Fortune City in Panvel.
Web Werks Data centre In Delhi & Pune
Web Werks launched a data centre in the Delhi NCR region that occupies a floor space of 70,000 sq. ft and has a potential of encompassing 1800 racks with further expansion possibilities. This year, Web Werks have also announced the launch of its fourth data centre in the country and the second in Pune. Since the launch of its first large data centre in Mumbai in 2015, Web Werks has become a key player in India’s most strategic locations for critical IT infrastructure of numerous Indian and global organisations.
Equinix Acquires GPX
A couple of months ago, Equinix announced the acquisition of Global Systems (“GPX India”) for $161 million. With this acquisition, Equinix was able to oversee GPX India’s business that consists of two data centres. When fully built, the facilities will add more than 1,350 cabinets, with an additional 500 cabinets occupying over 90,000 square feet of colocation space to Platform Equinix.
NTT’s Global Data centre In Mumbai
In September, NTT’s Global Data centres division also announced the launch of a new high-density and hyper-scale data centre in Mumbai, which operates with 375,000 sq. ft of colocation space. It has the ability to host 5000 racks at a capacity of over 30 MW of load. The new Mumbai 7 Data centre facility is projected to improve the NTT data centre capacity (server room) in India by 30%.
As part of its expansion plans, NTT intends to invest around $2 billion for data centres and other projects in India. The company currently has 10 data centres with over 1.5 million sq ft and over 150 MW of power, and it plans to double its capacity in the next couple of years.
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AWS Data centre In Hyderabad
In recent news, Amazon has also announced that it will be sparing a whopping $2.77 billion to set up world-class data centres in Telangana. In this initiative, the new AWS Asia Region will join other AWS Zones across Australia, Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. According to Amazon, the AWS Hyderabad will enable developers, startups, and other organisations to take advantage of the low latency services across southern India. Organisations can access the additional infrastructure to leverage advanced AWS’ suite of cloud services that includes computing, storage, analytics, AI, database, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, mobile services, serverless, and more.
Adani Data centre In Vizag
Last year, Adani Enterprises Limited signed an MoU with Digital Realty to develop data centres across India. According to reports, Adani Group recently received a boost from the Andhra Pradesh State Government for setting up an Integrated Data Centre Park at Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam. As part of the GO issued by the authorities, the state government has extended the deadline to seven years from the date of handling the approximately 257 acres of land, which is currently in possession of the Tourism Department of Andhra Pradesh.
NPCI Data centre In Hyderabad
In July, this year, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) announced that it would invest ₹500 crores in developing a smart data centre in Hyderabad. With this data centre, NPCI plans to house the National critical set-up with highly secured infrastructure in Narsingi Village, Ranga Reddy (RR) District.
Being one of the strategic and most popular IT corridors in the country, Telangana has been chosen by NPCI for its geographical advantage and availability of infrastructure. The Proposed Smart Data centre, designed in TIER-IV standards, is based on modular design for higher sustainability. NPCI stated that the data centre is going to be environment friendly with the adoption of solar panels and other green initiatives. The Smart Data centre will be incorporating an IoT-based building management system with eight layers of the security system. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded the contract to build the Smart Data centre.
Nxtra Data centres In Mumbai & Pune
Last month, Nxtra Data Limited announced that it would set up two new data centre campuses in Mumbai and Pune. Nxtra Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel and supports leading enterprises, SMBs, global customers, and government institutions in India with their data centre services. They offer an integrated portfolio of colocation services, along with cloud infrastructure, managed hosting, data backup, disaster recovery, and remote infrastructure management. Airtel has recently sold a 25% stake in Nxtra to US investment firm, The Carlyle Group for $235m.