CtrlS plans two more data centres

Venkatesh Ganesh | | Updated on: Nov 14, 2018
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Technology infrastructure provider CtrlS is planning to open two additional data centres in India with one completely solar-powered, as the company sees burgeoning demand due to digitisation.

These two data centres will come up in Hyderabad and Mumbai, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, founder and CEO, told BusinessLine . “The one in Hyderabad will have 150 MW capacity and Mumbai will have 100 MW capacity,” he added.

Tier-4 data center

With this addition, CtrlS will haveseven data centres in the country, spanning 5 million sq ft, making it the largest Tier-4 data centre provider. A Tier-4 data centre is mandated to come up with redundant and dual-powered servers, storage, network links and power cooling equipment.

Requirements for data centres is growing in the country due to a combination of factors. Mushrooming of smartphone use and cheap internet connectivity has resulted in increased usage to access social media and transactions. The data growth which was 40,000 petabytes in 2010, is estimated to cross 2.3 million petabytes by 2020.

CtrlS counts companies such as SBI, Nivea, IDFC, Axis Bank, amongst others as its clients. CtrlS also has 20 of the Fortune 100 global multinationals, in addition to 50 per cent of India’s top banks as its customers.

“We will have a footprint of 10 data centres in the country, spanning 5 million sq ft overall”, said, BS Rao, Vice-President, CtrlS Datacenters. These changing dynamics have resulted in CtrlS investing around ₹500 crore to set up a 1.8 lakh sq ft capacity in Bengaluru, in February this year.

This development also needs to be seen in the backdrop of India’s Data Protection Law draft, following which the RBI has mandated localisation of all sensitive data belonging to Indian users of various digital payment services.

As of now, majority of the data are stored, in a cloud, outside the country. The data localisation policy, which continues to be contested, will require these firms to invest more in their technology, build capabilities from ground up and replicate their global infrastructure in order to store data locally, said Guru Malladi, Partner – Advisory, EY.

Published on November 14, 2018

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