CtrlS arm to expand overseas presence, set up 28 datacentres

| Updated on: Jan 15, 2018
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To open facilities at Noida, Bengaluru

Starting as a rookie player in the fledgling Indian data centre industry about eight years ago, homegrown datacentre firm CtrlS has now set its eyes on global markets.

Besides, it is planning to expand its presence in the country by opening two more datacentres in Noida and in Bengaluru in the next few months.

“We are planning to build a mega-scale datacentre in the country. We are in the process of identifying the campus,” Sridhar Pinnapureddy, founder and Chief Executive Officer of CtrlS, told BusinessLine .

He, however, did not indicate the size of the datacentre. The firm, which invests ₹200-250 crore annually on its expansion, is looking at investing ₹700-800 crore in its Mumbai datacentre alone, over the next five years.

Though the Indian datacentre infrastructure market is estimated to be at $2 billion in 2016, showing a growth rate of 5.2 per cent year-on-year, it constitutes only one-eight of the global market size, leaving huge scope for growth.

The global datacentre market is pegged at $22.73 billion by 2019.

The market is poised to grow significantly following the explosion of data consumption and generation. Statutory clamps on hosting certain types of data abroad too is forcing global leaders such as Microsoft and Amazon and others to build infrastructure to tap the opportunity.

CtrlS, which runs three datacentres in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad, has set up a subsidiary – Cloud4C – to focus on the local business in foreign countries.

“We already have started 12 centres through that initiative and we are planning to open 28 more in the next two years. Of this, 16-17 centres will be opened by March 2017,” he said.

The firm has raised and invested ₹600 crore in developing the Tier-4 datacentres (datacentres are classified into four categories, with the Tier-4 offering lowest downtime) in the country. “We invest ₹200-250 crore a year on capital expenditure, which includes expansion of racks and other infrastructure,” he said.

With more and more government departments and agencies are coming online and offering services electronically, there has been a good surge in the demand for government cloud, he added.

Published on November 02, 2016
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