SAARC countries especially India & Bangladesh are going through huge cloud adoption from organisations including the SME sector which in recent years has realised the benefits of cloud computing.
With an increase in cloud computing, data centre investors are rushing to develop DC parks. This is causing constant surges and outages in the service and operations of a data centre, which is becoming a huge challenge.
A significant increase in the demand for data centres also comes with a few challenges like the availability of land and other permission aspects.
This growing digitisation has given a fillip to the demand for data centres in the past few years. The increased data consumption during the lockdown has underscored the need for scaling up the data processing and storage requirements.
The increased dependence on digital technologies will continue into the post COVID era as well, reaffirming the need for multi-tenant, hyperscale data centres.
Rising adoption of digital transaction, faster adoption of IoT and smart devices, growing scope for automation in manufacturing industries through Industry 4.0 technologies, proposed roll out of 5G technology, and potential for enormous data generation by the sectors such as EduTech, FinTech, HealthTech, GamingTech, ACES Mobility, and Entertainment & Media, among others.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) recently introduced a draft Datacentre Policy that lays down the roadmap for this sector’s growth. Moreover, the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 also emphasises the need for local data storage.
Infrastructure advantages of major metropolitan regions, together with submarine cable landing stations and low development costs, provide ripe ground for the emergence of data centres.
Nasscom predicts a staggering $7.1 billion cloud market by 2022, further strengthening the demand for data centres. This segment presents investment opportunities worth $4.9 billion by 2025, which could further surge as India progresses to become a leading Data Centre hub.
W.Media is hosting the second edition of its digital event South Asia Awards Summit 2021 (IN, LK, BD) on 7th of October.
Technology experts from the industry will be a part of this event and will help in understanding the challenges involved in migrating to cloud, challenges involved in the increasing demand for data centres and others.
This event’s gold sponsor is Legrand Data Center Solutions, industry sponsors are Web Werks Data Centers India and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (India) & Techno Electric & Engineering Co. Ltd Data Centers.
Topics discussed during the event include in a post-pandemic world, are Data Centres the new gold mines? Data Centres are the nerve centre for Digital Transformation. India, leading the APAC Growth.
Hear from the best technology and business leaders across South Asia on managing disruption, Cloud consolidation & Migration Success Stories – How to Overcome Challenges? Amongst a few.
Renowned speakers will be a part of this event include Abhishek Krishna, IAS, Jt. CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Michael Goh, VP & GM, APAC, Iron Mountain Data Centers, Mayank Srivastava, Chief Development Officer, BDx Data Centers, Surajit Chatterjee, Managing Director, CapitaLand India, Data Centre Group, Manish Shangari, VP Business Leader, Data Center, Digital – Infrastructure – Global Buildings + Places, AECOM, Nikhil Rathi, Founder & CEO, Web Werks India Pvt. Ltd, Alok Khanna, Executive Director – Strategic IS, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Sujoy Sen, Head IT, South Asia, The Linde Group, Nitin Sawant, Partner – Cloud and Enterprise Architecture, EY, N. K. Singh, CEO, Data Center Guru, Sreejith G, VP- Datacentre Operations, STT Telemedia Global Data Centers, Girish Dhavale, Chief Technical Officer – Data Center Business, Sify Technologies, Milind Kulkarni, SVP Corporate Strategy, Government Relationship, Digital & IT, STT Telemedia Global Data Centers. Including others.
Here’s a sneak peak of what the speakers have to say
“During the pandemic, Enterprises have invested in scaling up and making their Data centres more resilient. They have also upgraded the bandwidth of their networks and enabled SDWAN solutions to enable faster access from remote workplaces. Virtualisation and containerisation of workloads has been accelerated, to enable scalability and extensibility for the increased digitalisation during the pandemic,” Nitin Sawant, Partner – Cloud and Enterprise Architecture, EY.
“Cloud adoption of the DC’s has been key success factor towards satisfying the demand of digitalisation.
Post the pandemic as we see the industry bouncing back at a very high speed – it’s a challenge for traditional on-prem DCs. Solutions like VDI, hybrid cloud, SaaS & PaaS are the solution to match with,” said Sujoy Sen, Head IT, South Asia, The Linde Group.
“We all have witnessed pandemic led Digital Transformation in Data Center and Businesses realised to focus more on automation of Core Business processes and leave non-Core activities to Subject Matter Experts i.e. specialised partners. For on-premise Data Centers, it was difficult to meet the sudden surge in demand, so cloud and colo DCs were an obvious choice.
Also, during the pandemic, it was difficult for Businesses to manage on-premise Data Centers because of restrictions on physical movement which was not the case with Cloud Service providers and colo DCs as they come under essential Services. The Data Center and Cloud Service Providers have seen unprecedented growth and many new Data Centers coming up across different regions in India and Globally,” said Kushal Varshney, CTO, Virescent Infrastructure.
“Out of many lessons, pandemic has taught us to embrace unplanned changes and highlighted the importance of adaption and evolution. We need to have overnight solutions for issues and initiatives that are a distant vision. Certain times, innovation is not a result of curiosity but out of pressure to survive. We need to first survive and then thrive. Pandemic taught us that nature too believes in quid pro quo. With the above urgency, Data Centres require solutions that take them close to net-zero carbon contributors. It is an opportunity for Data Centres to lay focus on sustainability,” said Ankit Saraiya, Director- Techno Electric and Engineering Co. Ltd.
“During and post pandemic, organisations had to make several services available to external and internal stakeholders which were otherwise available through call centres/ physical offices. This required strengthening of network and security infrastructure in the data centres. Therefore companies had to quickly adopt digital/ self-service applications.
Naturally, there has been rapid adoption of digital technologies like AI/ ML assisted analytics, RPA, Self-service Bots, AR / VR, IIOT and predictive services. All these require fast data processing and thus Data Centres have been equipped with fast computing hardware and software platforms.
Communication systems have got upgraded, On-demand bandwidth provisioning, improved cybersecurity posture, connectivity thru VPN, spurt in used of videoconferencing software are some of the visible effects.
One more important development is that organisations have now started looking into examining and analysing OT data more seriously and integrating them with IT Data. The future is going to be an era of IT-OT convergence,” said Alok Khanna, Executive Director – Strategic IS, Indian Oil Corporation Limited.