Data centers in India are growing at a rapid pace due to the increasing demand for digital products and services. According to the latest report by Statista, the average consumption in 2020 per user per month in India was 13.4 GB, up from 0.8 GB in 2015. With 13.8 GB, India has the highest consumption of data globally. And as per another report by Ericsson, India will continue to witness more data consumption, which will touch 25 GB per month in 2025. In addition, internet penetration in India is growing above 45 percent since 2019, adding millions of users every year. The proliferation of the internet has made India a hot spot for data centers.
While the rising user base is crucial for data centers in India, the central government is another driving force for upcoming data center projects in India. The government of India has mandated several social media and fintech foreign companies to keep Indian’s data in the country for privacy-related concerns. According to Synergy Research Group, the data center business in the Indian market is expected to grow at a 12 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2024.
Here is the list of top data center projects in India in 2021:
1. NTT’s Data Centers
NTT Communications is a leading provider of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions within NTT Group, ranking in the top 100 of the Fortune Global 500. The company provides services and solutions to corporate clients globally, present in over 70 countries with a network that spans over 190 countries worldwide. NTT has five data centers in various parts of India, such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Noida.
The data center operations are based on ITIL, a comprehensive guideline for IT systems management, and various international standards, including ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 20000-1, TIA942 Tier 3, PCI DSS, and Cisco certification. Mumbai 6 Data Center provides flexible and secure operational services, including plentiful managed services and remote hands services by on-site staff.
Bengaluru is the ‘Silicon Valley of India,’ and demand for data center services is rapidly growing due to business expansion of both domestic and international IT, manufacturing, and logistics companies. Bengaluru data center holds the largest scale server room area in the city. The server room is 4,600 m 2 providing a flexible and scalable response to demands for system expansion. We provide highly reliable services with fully redundant power, air-conditioning and communications facilities, and robust security systems.
Noida data center is a large-scale purpose-built data center with a total building area of 48,000 ft2. To ensure the highest power uptime, “express feeders” have been brought to the facility at high voltage levels from nearby substations.
The company in a recent announcement mentioned that it plans to invest $2 million over the next 3 years to expand its data center up to 2.5 million ft2, along with an investment of $400 million for solar projects. NTTaims to build six new data centers in various cities of the country like Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai. A 38MW upcoming data center facility is being planned to be built in Mumbai followed by a 70MW facility in Noida.
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Net4India is India’s largest Web hosting company, with 10 data centers in India covering approximately 75,000 ft2 of IDC space across the country. The data centers offer a range of hosting capabilities-from basic Web hosting and server co-location services to second-generation hosting like Web, application hosting, and managed server facility, which can provide increased reliability and faster development of e-business solutions. Net4India currently has data centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, and Chennai. The company has certified administrators and professionals to manage Internet systems for peak performance days, seven days a week. Net4India’s facilities are custom-designed with the broadest range of physical security features, 24x7x365 monitoring, infrastructure-like climate control, backup power, and redundant subsystems.
3. Adani Data Center Park
Indian multinational corporation Adani Enterprises had recently announced its plan to build a new data center and business park in Visakhapatnam, India. The company has collaborated with a United States-based enterprise EdgeConneX to develop data centers in India. The joint venture of Adani Group, named AdaniConneX, will operate a data center in Vizag and will develop 1GW of data center capacity over the next ten years. These data centers will be set up in the Navi Mumbai, Chennai, Noida, and Hyderabad markets as well. In addition to full-scale data centers, AdaniConneX will also build a portfolio of Edge data centers strategically located across the country to support the need for more proximate capacity. These Edge sites are designed and planned to scale with demand and become full-scale data center campuses quickly. This pan-Indian platform of hyper-scale and hyper-local data centers will largely be powered by renewable energy.
4. Nxtra Data
Bharti Airtel’s data center subsidiary Nxtra Data Limited recently announced that it plans to set up two new data centers in Mumbai and Pune. The company already has two large data centers in Maharashtra, along with Edge data centers across Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, and Nagpur, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Maharashtra for the new project. The company received an investment of $235 from Carlyle Group million for a 25% stake in Nxtra at a post-money valuation of $1.2 billion.
Recently Nxtra inaugurated its all-new hyper-scale data center with a maximum capacity of 38MW in Chennai. The data center is built upon a massive area of 2.70 lakh square feet and is integrated with Airtel’s submarine cable network. The integration will ensure that the data center provides a highly secure end-to-end connectivity to users. Nxtra also announced its plans to invest over ₹5000 crores by 2025 to expand its data centers’ capacity to 400MW. The company will set up hyper-scale data centers in multiple metro cities across India in the coming years. Nxtra aims to source over 50% of required energy from renewable sources for its data centers as part of Airtel’s overall emission reduction targets.
5. Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services provides a highly dependable, scalable, and low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers thousands of enterprises in more than 190 countries around the world. The company has data centers located in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and India. AWS recently announced
its plan to launch a new data center in Hyderabad, which will be an alternative to the existing data center located in Mumbai, India. The service provided by the company has the following benefits:
Amazon Web Services offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-run commitments. With the efficiencies of their scale and expertise, they have been able to lower their prices on 15 different occasions over the past years.
Instant Elasticity and Agility
AWS also provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that enables users to innovate, iterate quickly, and experiment. Rather than waiting for weeks or months for hardware, users can instantly deploy new apps, scale up as their workload grows, and scale down according to demand.
Open and Flexible
AWS is a language and operating system agnostic platform. Users choose the development platform or programming model that makes the most sense for their business. Customers can choose which services they use, one or several, and choose how to use them. This flexibility allows users to focus on innovation, not infrastructure.
AWS is a secure and durable technology platform with industry-recognized certifications and audits like PCI DSS Level 1, HIPAA, ISO 27001, FISMA Moderate, FedRAMP, and SOC 1, and SOC 2 audit reports. Their data centers have multiple layers of operational and physical security to ensure the integrity and safety of user data.
6. NPCI Data Center
The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), the organization that controls the operation of retail payments and settlement systems in India, recently announced its plans to set up its own smart data center in Hyderabad at an investment of ₹500 crores. The datacenter will have a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.59 with high availability of power directly from a 33KV grid. The company has hired L&T as its turnkey contractor for building the smart data center. The data center is located in Narsingi village in Ranga Reddy district. Hyderabad will become one of the major hubs for processing payments with a value of nearly ₹15 lakh crore every month and transactions of about 14,000 million per month after the data center gets operational.
7. Reliance Data Center
Reliance Data Center is one of the leading providers of outsourced data centers in India for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. The company currently has nine data centers in various parts of India. These centers are located in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Every data center is built on proven world information technology and facility platforms and expertise that is recognized across the region. With such world-class infrastructure and services, it is no wonder that the company has more than seven hundred large, medium and small enterprise customers. These customers use many services provided by the enterprise like Co-location, Storage and Backup, Managed hosting, Network connectivity, Application hosting, and Management Services. Reliance’s customer list consists of companies from fortune 1000 organizations, government establishments, banking and financial institutions, Media companies, and educational institutions. The company has also partnered with Microsoft to build data centers in India over a span of ten years. The first two upcoming data centers will be built in Gujarat and Maharashtra, each to have a 7.5MW capacity.
8. TCS Data Centers
TCS offers comprehensive data center solutions, including transformation and system management, the building of secure and energy-efficient infrastructure environments, and hosting and co-location services. Their offerings help re-engineer user data center infrastructure and align its capacity with user’s business outcomes. TCS has leveraged its contextual knowledge of the customers’ business and information technology systems to create personalized offerings that meet their unique requirements. This is underpinned by TCS’s investments in artificial intelligence-powered automation, embodied by ignio, a leading cognitive automation solution for the enterprise.
9. CtrlS Data Centers
CtrlS is a data center company in India that has its headquarters in Hyderabad. The company provides services like data center co-location, Internet bandwidth, DC build and consulting, disaster recovery services, cloud security services, and management services. CtrlS have its data centers located in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Noida. The company received the CIO Choice Award – Public Cloud Services for Large Enterprises in 2014.
10. ESDS Data Centers
ESDS began its operations from Nashik, Maharashtra in 2005 and currently has its footprint in nineteen countries across APAC, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and South America. ESDS acts as a catalyst for digital transformation in the modern outcome-based economy by allowing organizations to embrace Advanced Technologies. The company’s data center is Uptime certified (tier three) that provides a highly secure, top-notch infrastructure, including the latest biometric authentication technology and video surveillance. The data centers are built to eliminate every single failure point by using multiple layers of redundancy in power systems, suppression, and fire detection. All the systems are monitored by the IDC control center 24x7x365.
11. Web Werks Data Center
Web Werks Prabhadevi Data Center is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The data center is 3229 ft2. There is a total of 2690.98 square feet in raised floor space for co-location. It has access to 0.30 MW of power. The location is certified by HIPAA, PCI-DSS, ISO 22301, ISO 27001, and ISO 90001. The company reaches out to the customers from their Mumbai data center by providing web hosting services that include Colocation Services, VPS Hosting, Cloud Platform, and Bare-Metal Dedicated Servers. The enterprise has hired highly skilled experts and support teams, who are always ready to serve the customers and manage their unique needs.
12. Google Cloud Data Center
Google Cloud currently has one data center in India which is located in Mumbai. The company announced the launch of its Mumbai region facility in 2017, and since then has been successfully providing services to reduce latency up to 90% for users in areas like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. The tech giant recently announced that it plans to invest $10 billion over the next five years. Google plans to build new data centers in Delhi as a part of the ‘Google for India Digitization’ initiative.
13. L&T Data Center
Larsen & Toubro announced its plans to build a new data center in India. The company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tamil Nadu government to build its new data center in Kanchipuram. The latest data center will be built over the next five years in multiple phases and will have a maximum capacity of 90MW. The project will generate over one thousand employment opportunities, both direct and indirect. The L&T data center will provide various multi-cloud managed services, including transformation integration, cyber security, application integration, and end-to-end data center services. The government has promised L&T to provide an uninterrupted electricity supply to the data center to maximize its operational capabilities which would benefit the society and economy of Tamil Nadu.