How JIKA is looking to set New Benchmarks in Data Centre Construction

India’s home grown Modular Support system JIKA is eying 5 lakh sq. ft. of data centre-related installations in 2022, as it sees a strong momentum from some of the large operators.

Talking to W.Media, Rushabh Dedhia, JIKA EPC Services Pvt. Ltd. said: “Last year we did 2.5 lakh sq. ft. of installations and this financial year we are confident of doubling it.” JIKA is a home grown modular support system Brand by Riddhim Siddhim Group. Modular support system design and supply since 2010, JIKA is a renowned brand in the oil and gas and pharma clean rooms sector in the past.

For data centres, JIKA has multiple offerings which include design, supply, installation and testing products like Seismic Resistant MEP Support Grids, JIKA Datahall False Ceilings, IT service support etc. JIKA is well known for its ability to tailor customise as per the needs of its customers. Also, it is a ‘Make in India’ brand with local capacity.

One of JIKA’s successes can be attributed to the approach it has taken which has a strong focus on low costs and yet maintains strong quality. “We have streamlined the data centre construction process in order to minimise the interruption to day-to-day operations, while still keeping costs in check. Over and above – we support data centre developers/contractors for design, service routing and clash checks,” stated Dedhia.

DC Boom

India is in the midst of a data centre boom. According to Cushman & Wakefield, the amount of data stored in India is expected to skyrocket from 40,000 petabytes in 2010 to 2.3 million petabytes in 2020. This has led to a flurry of investment in large facilities across the nation, as companies try to prepare for the coming data deluge. The demand for hyper-scale data centres is on the rise, thanks to Government’s push for the national e-commerce Policy, Data Centre Parks as well as the impending Privacy Data Protection Law (PDPL). The global data

centre construction market has registered a CAGR of 13.47 per cent during the forecast period of 2021 –2026. According to a recent report by Uptime Institute on COVID-19 risks, there are supply chain disruptions and potential for long-term shortages and critical spares and consumables. The data centre operators with standardized supply chains, with uniform build processes, using prefabricated components and with supplier contracts already in place will be best positioned to withstand temporary disruptions.

Addressing Safety management

Health Safety and Environment or HSE is a very important aspect of data centre construction. “Initially, it was complex and challenging to match the standards of customer’s expectations but eventually we have evolved in the business.

Our benchmarks of management of entire HSE and incentivised training and mentoring with management level involvement has made it more of a fun activity. It is primarily investing a mere small sum to avoid a big loss which cannot be recovered by money. We have reached 500,000 safe hours which is too big an achievement for a small organisation of ours in such a short period,” pointed out Dedhia.

Changing construction quality

India is witnessing a change when it comes to data centre construction quality. “After seeing the quality of data center construction in Europe, Middle East and India, we definitely are at par in a majority of construction areas within a DC,” states Dedhia.

The overall bridging of demand and supply skillsets packaged with a vision of building something extraordinary is where the industry is seeing a bit of a gap. However, eventually with time, Indian data centres will become case studies for the world to learn from. “A lot of innovation is happening in Cooling and HVAC area, in overall methods of construction and fitouts and we will see about it much more early than we anticipate,” explains Dedhia.

Venkatesh Ganesh

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