A 20-acre data centre facility is being set up in Uttar Pradesh with an investment of about $950 mn by Reliance Jio and it is likely to be powered by the company’s own renewable energy plant. The centre consists of six interconnected data centre buildings with over 30,000 racks capacity and 200MW of power. This also pushes the government’s goal to boost India’s digital economy to $1 trillion by 2025.
Samsung Electronics said that it has begun the mass-production of a power-efficient SSD for data centres. The SSD has a power efficiency that will reduce operating costs for data centres and improved security solutions. The South Korean company said that “PM9A3E1.S” is the first data centre-use SSD product based on sixth-generation V-NAND chips. It also has a 50% improvement compared to its previous PM983aM.2 as it supports 283 (MB/s) per watt.
The Adani Group has entered the data centre business by signing a joint Venture with EdgeConneX, a lGlobal Data Centre Operator through its affiliate EdgeConneX Europe B.V and DC Development Chennai. AdaniConneX JV has begun to set up hyperscale facilities in Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad. The Edge sites, with proper planning, will become full-scale data centre campuses and will largely be powered by renewable energy.
West Bengal has teamed up with the Hiranandani group companies GreenBase and Yotta to set up integrated logistics and hyper-scale data centre park in the state. The centre will execute the development of six hyper-connected data centre buildings bringing in 250MW data centre capacity over the next several years with an investment of over Rs 10,000 cr. The group aims to cater to its clients in WB, the entire eastern region and neighbouring countries.
The Uttar Pradesh government approved a data centre policy to bring in investment worth Rs 20,000 cr. The policy aims to develop 250 MW of data centre industries and setting up at least three modern private data centre parks. Govt think that it could create a direct job of 4,000 and indirect employment of 20,000 people. Yotta Infrastructure, NTT India, STT Global Data Centres already have investment plans to develop data centre in the state.
Minister for IT and deputy CM, UP Dinesh Sharma said a new dedicated data centre policy was on the cards for the state to develop a 250 MW (IT power) data centre industry to attract an investment of Rs 20,000 cr. He said that more than 3,300 start-ups are operational in UP and a fund of Rs 1,000 cr has been set up by the govt with help from SIDBI. The state government will also set up IT parks in all 18 divisions of the state to promote IT and attract investment.
Reality player DLF will invest around Rs 130 cr over the next 1.5 years to develop a state of art data centre facility in Noida. The data centre, part of a 25-acre commercial project, will have 3.7 lakh sq ft space and have a total development potential of 35-40 lakh sq ft. DLF has leased the facility to Singapore-based ST Telemedia Global Data Centres. Indian data centre industry has attracted investment around $ 400 mn during Jan- Sep this year, as per property consultant Anarock and Mace.
Gartner predicted that IT spending in India to grow 6% to a total of $81.9 bn in 2021. Spending in 2020 is impacted by COVID-19 and expected to be at $79.3 bn, down 8.4% from 2019. The growth will come as IT is now positioned as not just a growth enabler, but a ‘survival necessary.’ Spending on the devices (26%) and data centre systems (1.2%) will have the steepest fall. In 2020 CIOs in India, unlike global peers, spurged on enterprise software, IT and communication services.