A few weeks ago Israel signed a billion-dollar deal with AWS and Google to provide cloud services to its public sector and military. AWS, as a part of the deal, now announced it will open data centers in Israel. Google and AWS won the tender for a four-phase project in April called “Nimbus”. The new data centers are expected to start building by the first half of 2023. “Today, AWS announced it will open an infrastructure region in Israel in the first half of 2023”, AWS said in a statement.
Telangana, despite the pandemic, showed a growth of 13% in its IT and ITeS exports at Rs. 1.45 lakh cr in FY21. The annual report for the IT, electronics, and communications department showed an addition of 46,489 jobs, taking the total number of IT/ITES employees to 6,28,615, which is a YoY increase of 7.99% compared to FY19. Amazon has set up three data centers in Telangana last year with a $2.77 bn investment.
Savills India’s report has estimated the rise in demand for real estate for data centers to be 15mn to 18mn sq. ft in the next four years. India currently has just 123 data centers which take over 7.5 mn sq ft area consuming over 650 MW power, also with 8mn+ sq ft and 870 MW capacity of data centers are under construction and will be functional by 2025. Development of over 10 mn sq ft for 1200 MW is in process.
MGM is close to being sold to Amazon at a price tag of $9 bn, the value of the deal could be finalised earliest this week. The acquisition will help Amazon’s streaming services to add the catalog of 4,000 films including famous characters like Pink Panther and franchises like James Bond. After buying Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.4 bn, MGM would be Amazon’s second-highest buy to date. Apple and Comcast, earlier, had evaluated MGM at $ 6bn earlier.
Data centers globally, with accelerated demand, plan on increasing capacity by 20mn sq.ft said a report by Omdia. In the latter half of 2020, 35 cloud and colocation service providers expanded by 10 mn sq.ft. Microsoft in a web post said it expected to open 50-100 data centers per year in the coming years. 51% of the total new capacity was brought by colocation service providers while cloud companies contributed 48%.
A JLL India study said that the Indian data center sector will require funds over $3.7bn by 2023 in order to meet the 6 mn sq. ft of greenfield development following the rising demand for digitalization. The sector, at present, can serve a capacity of 447MW which is expected to grow 1,007MW by 2023. Mumbai and Chennai will be contributing almost 3/4th of the sector’s total additional capacity. Hyderabad and Delhi NCR are rising as new hotspots.
Intel has launched its flagship data centre microprocessor “Ice Lake” for cloud service providers and massive data centres. It has already shipped about 200,000 test units. The new chip is slower than AMD’s flagship data centre server chip launched in March. Intel, however, is banking on greater control over its supply chain that the chips offer, besides, portfolio of data storage, networking, etc which work well with the “Ice Lake” processor.