Maharashtra Is The Next Big Market For Data Centers

Data Center, a dedicated physical building where application and data are stored and shared. It has the special infrastructure in which storage systems, power subsystems, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), ventilation, cooling systems, fire suppression, backup generators, and connections to external networks are installed.

Demands for data center services are increasing globally day by day and India is set to ready to fulfill this requirement for the world. 

Data center park
Festus, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Maharashtra, one of the most urbanized Indian state and has the largest economy in India attracting a huge number of investments from multinational companies which are already in the Data Center businesses. 

Big well-known companies from the different business sectors are also entering in Data Center business and ready to set up their first Data Centers in Maharashtra and other regions of the country.

Data Center requires a massive amount of Investment in terms of Capital Expenses (CapEx) and Operation Expenses (OpEx) to build and run but India has a structural advantage. 

The cost of a building data center in India is less as compared to the other countries. It is almost 50–60 % less expensive compared to developed countries such as the US and Japan and 10% less expensive compared to China. The labor cost in India plays a big role in cost-cutting. 

India’s First Data Center Park

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is building India’s first data center park in Navi Mumbai. It will come upon a 600-acre of land next to Taloja industrial estate. 

Maharashtra government has attracted a huge amount of Rs.35,000 crore investment for the development of data center parks in Mumbai and Pune. 80% of the proposed investment is being proposed in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and the remaining 20% in Pune.

This project comes in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and 15 companies from the US, the UK, Singapore, Australia, Japan, and India are signing memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Maharashtra government.

Data Center Players

Yotta by Hiranandani Group

Hiranandani builders, a well-known real estate developer has entered a data center business called Yotta Infrastructure Solutions and has launched the first data center in Panvel.

Yotta building
Yotta by Hiranandani Group

Yotta NMI is currently the largest data center building in India and also it is the largest Tier IV data center as well as the second-largest data center in the world. A project has 5 DC buildings with 7200 racks and located in 600 acres Hiranandani Fortune City. Yotta will be building 11 datacentre buildings of its own in Panvel, Mumbai, and Chennai. The company is offering 20% cheaper data center services. 

Nxtra by Bharati Airtel

Airtel, a global telecommunication company already operates two large data centers in Maharashtra. Its subsidiary Nxtra Data Limited setting up two new data center campuses in Maharashtra. The new facilities will come up in Mumbai and Pune respectively. 

bharti Airtel
Nxtra by Bharati Airtel

The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The Carlyle Group has invested USD 235 mn for a 25% stake in Nxtra at a post-money valuation of USD 1.2 bn.

Adani Group

Adani Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate company is partnered with a US-based Digital Realty company to develop and operate data center parks, data centers and evaluate undersea cable providers across India.

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Data Server Room (for illustration purpose)

The company also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Digital Realty.

Ascendas-Singbridge Group

Ascendas-Singbridge, a Singapore-based office space provider company is set to invest $1 billion in the next coming few years to build hyper-scale data centers located in major cities Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

Ascendas-Singbridge Group
Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge Group

Ascendas-Singbridge will require approximate 50,000 sqm space.

Asia’s Biggest Data Center To Set Up In India

Sindhudurga, a district of beautiful beaches in Maharashtra is going to be the place of Asia’s biggest data center to set up in India. Streamcloud, a private company will link this data center to another data center located in Malta. 

Maharashtra’s Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal said  “Both the data centers will be connected by an undersea cable”

This data center will require 12 Acres of land in Sawantwadi across the Mumbai-Goa highway and will cost around Rs. 5000 crore of investment. State Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal and Minister of State for Tourism Deepak Kesarkar has announced this news following their meeting with the Tourism and Cultural Minister of Malta named Mr.Konrad Mizzi.

Mr.Mizzi clarifies that the government of his country was happy with the collaboration.

What Are The Job Opportunities In Data Centers?

India has seen the data center as a major technology trend and will have a bright future towards digital India. This business will require very talented and smart expertise and ideologists in order to run its operations. 

In the above, we have seen a large amount of investment in the data center and this will create a tremendous amount of job opportunities in technical and non-technical streams.

Here are the areas of skills for which data center professionals need to be strong:

  • IT Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Network Management
  • Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Applications Management
  • Collaboration
  • Telecommunication

Here are some of the lists of most important data center jobs:

  • Data Center Project Manager
  • Cyber Security specialist
  • Data Center Technician
  • Cloud Architect
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Chief Architect
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • IT Director

Conclusion

There are so many factors are responsible for increasing demand for data centers including rising in the adoption of 4G data, social media consumption, smartphones, cloud computing, web applications, growing start-ups, increasing use of AI, Blockchain technology, an increasing number of interconnected devices due to the Internet of things (IoT) and much more. 

Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made a decision that all payment companies are mandated to store their data in India. and also the social media companies, payments and wallet services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites, and other online services that operate in other countries but have Indian customers will need local data centers in India.

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