Independent cloud computing infrastructure provider Linode, has announced the expansion of its data centre operations in Mumbai, India.
The expansion gives Linode a 200 per cent increase in capacity and will sustain the company’s momentum around customer acquisition and new service launches through 2023. Till recently, Linode was servicing India from neighbouring facilities in Singapore and Tokyo.
Linode has seen customer growth in the region double throughout the pandemic, driven by demand for core compute and storage infrastructure services, as well as the introduction of new services such as managed Kubernetes and GPU instances, the company said in a statement. The demand surge resulted in surplus capacity being filled in less than half the time Linode had predicted, according to company officials.
“Entrepreneurs, SMEs, and larger enterprises in India have shown remarkable resilience to the adversity caused by the pandemic,” said Blair Lyon, Vice President of Cloud Experience at Linode.
Sharp rise in DC Capacity
Mumbai, the financial capital of India registered a sharp increase in data centre capacity in the Asia Pacific region, adding 56MW supply in the first quarter of 2021, taking the total supply at 753MW, according to a report by Knight Frank.
The main reason was COVID-19, which influenced push for digital services and resulted in an acceleration of new supply in 2020 with an additional 252MW or 50 percent added to its development pipeline. This marked up the total supply to 697MW in the year 2020. Just to put it in perspective, between 2016 and 2019, Mumbai’s IT power capacity increased from 148MW to 456MW.
“Our customers in India and around the world trust us to provide cloud infrastructure to support their rapid shift to digital-first business models and look to us to give them an alternative to the complexity and cost of larger hyperscale providers,” stated Lyon.
Linode’s Mumbai data centre uses the company’s latest server builds and Next Generation Network (NGN) and connects directly to Linode’s global fibre backbone, allowing them to reduce latency, improve performance, and maintain data sovereignty by running workloads closer to home.
Unlike other public cloud providers, Linode makes its cloud services available at the same low, flat, and transparent price in India as they are in every other region in which Linode operates. According to Gartner, end-user spending on public cloud services in India will total US$4.4 billion in 2021, growing at a 31.4 per cent rate compared to 2020. India is the second-largest and fastest-growing cloud services market in Asia Pacific, trailing only China.
According to Frost & Sullivan, India is anticipated to become a US$2 trillion digital economy by 2030, growing at a 21 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). It also forecasts that 40 – 50 per cent of Indian businesses will be taking a containerised hybrid multicloud approach for deploying applications by 2025.
Digitalisation and cloud adoption in India will be further accelerated by the upcoming rollout of 5G and ICT policy reforms of the government.