Bangalore is renowned as India’s Silicon Valley, with an estimated GDP of more than US$110 billion. One-third of India’s IT exports come from the city, and its IT and data centre infrastructure is secure, intelligent, and scalable.
Banglore’s data centres have played and will continue to play a very important role in uplifting the country’s IT ecosystem. Post COVID-19, India is going through some profound changes in incentivising data centres and is transforming the country’s entrepreneurial setup.
At present, Karnataka is home to prominent data centre players like Reliance, Sify, NTT, Nxt Gen, Airtel, STT and Web Werks to name a few.
Earlier this year the Karnataka Cabinet approved a new policy that aims to attract investments worth Rs 10,000 crore in the data centre industry by 2025.
The Cabinet decided to grant Rs 100.50 crore to implement the Karnataka Data Centre Policy 2022 which offers a slew of incentives and subsidies, said Law Minister JC Madhuswamy.
“Karnataka has the potential to position itself as one of the leading destinations for Data Center Industry in the country with a data centre capacity of 96 MW which accounts for 15 per cent of India’s data centre capacity,” added a policy note prepared by the IT/BT Department. “Bengaluru currently features among the top 5 leading destinations for the Data Centre Industry in India.”
Incentives in Karnataka
According to reports, the Karnataka Data Centre Policy offers special incentives for companies to set up data storage infrastructure outside Bengaluru – a capital subsidy of up to Rs 10 crore, 10 per cent land subsidy up to Rs 3 crore, 100 per cent stamp duty exemption up to 10 acres, concession on registration charges and 100 per cent exemption on land conversion fees.
Previous year Web Werks had signed an MoU with the Government of Karnataka and the project will be fully operational in 2 years, the company said. This data centre in the Silicon Valley of India will have a potential of up to 20 MW with further expansion possibilities, Web Werks said. It will be the fourth data centre in Bangalore.
According to a Markets and Markets report The India data center market size is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2022 from USD 1.0 billion in 2018, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.4 per cent during the forecast period.
The market is driven by the deeper internet penetration, increase in digital data traffic, public cloud services, and higher expected growth for IoT.
With an increased amount of investment, Bangalore will gradually become one of the most renowned data centre markets. After the success of Chennai Cloud and Datacenter Convention 2022, where more than 250 delegates from the Data Centre and Cloud industry were a part of the event.
Considering the growth potential W.Media is producing its annual flagship data centre convention. Bangalore Cloud & Data Centre Convention in association with the CIOKlub. On the 14th of July 2022 at Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway.
W.Media is proud to announce Schneider Electric, Fuji Electric and STT GDC India as Gold sponsors. Starline, Site 24×7 (Zoho), nVent Schroff and Genetec as Silver sponsors. Datsons, CtrlS, Fluke Networks, Seagate IPS Mehtalia, Vass Electrical Industries, and Rosenberger as Bronze sponsors. TMEIC India as Associate sponsor and Communications Today and Data Center Guru as Media Partners.
The event will be attended by more than 700 data centre professionals with more than 40 eminent speakers at the conference. They will be speaking on a wide range of topics focusing on data centre and cybersecurity.
Here’s a Sneak Peek from the Technology Experts
“At Schneider Electric, we are committed to combining our expertise in technology and sustainability to re-define the Data Centres of the Future. We are happy to partner with W. Media for this unique event as we believe that endeavours such as these go a long way in transforming the ecosystem and ushering in smart data centre solutions,” said Mayank Srivastav, Director, Cloud & Service Provider Segment (C&SP), Schneider Electric.
Similarly, Fuji Electric plays a leading role in the global IDC segment and wants to take an active role in the Indian IDC market. As it is the growth of digital users in India at unprecedented levels, the need for reliable and sustainable data center infrastructures is growing multifold.
“We are delighted to be the gold sponsor for the Bangalore Cloud & Datacenter Convention 2022 organised by W.Media. This data center event will help us to take our innovative solutions designed based on Japanese technology closer to our customers and enhance our visibility,” said Ajith Raghavan – Vice President (B&I) Fuji Electric India Pvt. Ltd.
“The Silicon City of India, Bengaluru is already a Data Center destination and has all the ingredients for Data Center including Karnataka Data Center Policy. To further propel the growth, state government needs to have clear and continued focus to create pull for Hyperscale players,” said NK Singh, Founder & CEO, Data Centre Guru.
“Bangalore’s data centers have played and will continue to play a very important role in boosting India’s IT ecosystem,” said Manoj Paul, Managing Director, Equinix India.
He further added that the demand for third-party data centres in Bangalore is growing as many of the large enterprise companies who had in-house data centers are now moving that out to a third-party data center for higher efficiency, flexibility, assurance of uptime, and service availability.
“Bangalore as a city is strategically located and has good interconnectivity. The city has already attracted about 10 data center companies. Particularly for CtrlS, Bangalore will remain a key growth market. Favorable regulatory support, rapidly growing cloud computing, increasing internet penetration, government effort in the digital economy, adoption of new technologies (IoT, 5G, etc), and growing needs for hyper-scalers are some of the major factors driving the demand for data centers in the city,” said Royce Thomas, President and Chief Business Officer, CtrlS.
“Bangalore is an emerging hub of Data Center and with the support from the government body in order to adapt better and eased business processes to assist the establishments. A better quality infrastructure will build confidence in technology organisations to invest in data centres in Bangalore,” said Prasad Rao, Head – Infra Operations CRED.
High-quality fibre connectivity is one of the most important requirements for data centre operations as they run critical applications that need 24×7 uninterrupted connectivity to store and distribute the data to which Sreejith G, VP – Data Centre, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (India) said: “Bangalore has a well-established fibre metro and backbone network along with the availability of power and well supported by the government with a promising data centre policy.”
He further added that Bangalore can be considered one of the top destinations for data centres as it lies in the low-risk and safer earthquake zone. It is the central location of South India and is well connected by road, rail, and air to all South Indian state capitals.