STT GDC India to increase use of renewable energy

STT GDC India, today has announced a partnership with Avaada MHKhamgaon Private Limited, a subsidiary of Avaada Energy Private Limited to procure 99MUs/annum (99 Million kWh) of renewable energy under a captive structure.

The 99 MUs would carter to the company’s facilities in the state of Maharashtra.

Renewable energy will be the main source of responsible growth for India’s largest data centre operator. The company has also targeted to source a large part of its electricity from renewable sources to power its data centres by 2025.

As a part of its sustainability initiatives, 34 percent of power for all STT GDC India’s facilities comes from renewable sources, making it one of the largest users of renewable sources amongst data centre operators in India. The partnership Avaada Energy along with the existing sustainability initiatives will lead to annual reduction of 4.5 lakh tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025.

This is equal to reducing carbon emissions by removing more than 90 thousand passenger vehicles from the roads of India.

Sumit Mukhija, CEO at STT GDC India said, “Ever since the inception of STT GDC India, we have strived towards best practices in innovation and sustainability. This decision reflects our relentless commitment to champion sustainable best practices and lead the industry in a similar direction. Going forward, a significant portion of all incremental power for all our new and existing facilities will come from carbon-free sources. We are also closely working with regulators, government agencies and power generation companies to explore suitable environment and banking regimes that can enable us to eventually reach close to 100 percent net renewable energy in terms of power sourcing for our operational data centres. Avaada Energy, understands the global benchmarks of excellence that we hold to as we seek to strengthen our position as the market leader in supporting all our mission critical applications.”

A new data center is coming to Noida, India

India’s city of Noida will see the development of a greenfield data center campus in the near future.

Singaporean data center group, ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (STT GDC), is backing the project. The proposed data center campus will cost an estimated Rs 600 crore, and will have a critical IT capacity of 18 Megawatts (MW) in its first phase.

As for the second phase of the investment, Alok Kumar, Chief Secretary of IT and Industrial Development at STT GDC in India added that a land parcel of around three acres has been identified by the investor, which means that IT capacity would be increased to 36 MW in phase two. This will be an additional estimated investment of Rs 500 crore.

“In view of the web-based and digitally driven economy gaining prominence, the state government is preparing a new data center policy with the objective of creating state-of-the-art data and IT ecosystem to meet the requirements of industry, enterprises and citizens,” Mr. Kumar added.

STT GDC’s presence is good news for both Singapore and India

A subsidiary of Singapore’s state-owned investment management firm Temasek Holdings, STT GDC has been expanding its footprint in India for several years. In 2016, the company acquired a 74% stake in Indian telco Tata Communications to grow its data center business in both India and Singapore.

This new data center campus is in line with the Uttar Pradesh government’s program to promote digital economy growth, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.

Upon completion, the data center will cost a total of Rs 1,100 crore and is expected to provide nearly 80 direct job opportunities and around 1,000 indirect employment opportunities.

These initiatives are part of STT GDC’s expansion plans. Recently, it entered into  a strategic partnership with Hyosung Heavy Industries as it forayed into the South Korean market. This partnership is through a joint venture, where 60 percent of the data center partnership will be held by STT GDC and the remaining 40 percent will be held by Hyosung Heavy Industries.

Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Power and cooling solutions for data centers are of critical importance to keep facilities and businesses online, especially as need the for data centers and greater data capacities continue to grow.

But running data centers are having worrying impacts on the environment by consuming approximately 1%-3% of the world’s electricity supply and pumping out 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

With social responsibilities to protect the environment and reduce energy costs rising, operators in Southeast Asia are exploring power and cooling solutions, including floating data centers, solar power and hybrid cooling.

That’s why the data center power market is set to exceed ~US$27 billion by 2024 and the value of data center cooling is expected to run past ~US$20 billion by 2024.

For our next digital event in our Data Center Series, you are invited to explore the latest sustainable designs and innovative power and cooling solutions to solve the pressing energy supply and environmental concerns.

Are you listening to your data center?

Metering and monitoring data center innovations are crucial for making sure facilities are up and running effectively and efficiently.

During a pre-show interview, we will be joined by Clinton Marshall, the Deputy Director for Solutions and Channel Development from our Platinum Sponsors at Legrand Data Center Solutions in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Marshall has vast experience in designing, consulting and implementing industry best-practice approaches to data center capacity, energy and infrastructure management.

“[Join me] to learn how power monitoring and measurement can be effectively used to meet demands, while simultaneously delivering an IT environment that is able to achieve evolving business, usage, regulatory, and financial goals,” said Mr. Marshall.

Mr. Marshall will also present a thought leadership presentation during the digital event.

Explore best practices and strategy for sustainable data centers

Many Governments around the world are implementing carbon neutrality regulations and green data center standards to improve efficiency and sustainability.

In our first panel session, we will be joined by Tamás Balogh, the Director of H1 systems, our Silver Sponsor.

Mr. Balogh is a data center infrastructure expert and consultant who has worked on several dozens of data center facility projects from scratch.

“I look forward to sharing our insights on how data centers can become more sustainable without compromising their SLA or budget,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will also share information about H1 System’s recent prototype data center project in Europe as well as how the results from the project can be applied to more tropical environments in Asia Pacific.

“The current global crisis of COVID-19 and climate change crisis impacts our life significantly, and more and more directly,” added Mr. Balogh.

He identified that the ICT sector is making rapid changes to adapt to the situations similar to Governments, which impact the data center industry.

“Being prepared for sustainable data centers won’t be just an option in the future which makes present times very interesting,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will be joined by Joshua Au, the Head for Data Centre and Information Technology Shared Services at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

As an expert and active member of the data center industry, Mr. Au will share how data centers can run with as little waste as possible, particularly considering that some facilities currently aste up to even 90% of the electricity they pull from the grid.

Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Data capacity demands are rising across the world, as more businesses are digitally transforming and Internet penetration is rising. This increases the need for higher power density and effective cooling in data centers.

With these rising demands, Southeast Asia’s cooling market is expected to grow to 926 million dollars by 2024 and the APAC power market is expected to grow by 8% annually.

To further explore the future trends and innovations in the data center power and cooling market, we will be joined by Mr. Marshall from Legrand Data Center Solutions and Wong Ka Vin, the Managing Director from DC1st, in our second panel session.

Mr. Marshall has gathered significant ‘real world’ customer insight and experience in developing best practice approaches to resolving challenges and reducing the complexity of day-to-day data center operations.

Mr. Wong brings with him over 30 years of executive management and leadership roles in the ICT industry and experience of designing and constructing data centers in Singapore and Indonesia.

Both panel sessions will be moderated by James Rix, the Associate Director of Arcadis UK, who is well versed in running data center projects across the whole data centre stack within 14 different countries around the world.

Register now to join your industry peers on Thursday 27 August to put these innovations under the microscope, as we strive for an efficient and environmentally friendly data center future.

Take a deep dive into the fast-growing cloud and data center industries in India!

The data center market in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels and cloud adoption is surging.

Due to India’s directive for data localisation, moves have been made by AWS, Airtel, Equinix, Google, Jio in partnership with Microsoft Azure, Oracle and Yotta to satisfy the increasing data demands in the country.

With the India data center market forecasted value at a staggering US$3.2 billion by 2024, we will take a deep dive into one of the most exciting countries for data centers and the cloud during our India Cloud and Data Center Market Brief on Tuesday 18 August.

Explore the game-changing technologies boosting India’s digital economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought deep disruptions and unprecedented uncertainties across the world, leaving enterprises no choice but to quickly deploy digital tools to ensure business continuity and growth momentum.

As a result, there is no doubt the demand for data centers and cloud infrastructure will continue to increase in India, driven by surges in cloud adoption, digital transformation and social media usage, as well as new Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G, AI and the Internet of Things.

“This is benefiting the economy immensely since edge computing, AI, machine learning, automation and big data analytics have all transformed the digital landscape. Consequently, speed, safety, security and convenience are now part of the digital drive,” said Sreejith G, the Associate Vice President of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres India.

This disruption is benefiting the economy immensely since edge computing, AI, machine learning, automation and big data analytics have all transformed the digital landscape, added Sreejith. Consequently, speed, safety, security and convenience are now part of the digital drive.

Sreejith said: “The digital revolution is no longer futuristic – it’s happening now and India, with its rising digital appetite and infrastructure, is well poised to lead from the front!”

In our first session during the India Cloud and Data Center Market Brief, we will be joined by Sreejith to take a look at how we can leverage game-changing technologies to stay ahead of the disruption curve.

Does India have the reliable infrastructure to support their fast-growing digital economy?

More and more data centers are coming online in India to support its fast-growing digital economy, but without reliable designs and Internet connectivity, these advancements could be ineffective.

We will be joined by Dr. Sayed Peerzade, the Group Chief Information Officer at Reliance Entertainment, and Shankar Jadhav, the Managing Director of BSE Investments, to further explore India’s IT infrastructures and the Total Cost of Ownership for data centers in the country.

Dr. Peerzade is one of the top CIOs in India with more than 19 years of experience across ISPs, retail, banking, Internet and media.

Mr. Jadhav was recognised as one of the top 100 influential people in the BFSI sector for his contributions in IT and helping to set up the largest telecom network throughout India. 

Moderating the panel will be Bhushan Akerkar, the Chief Information Officer at Hindalco Industries. Mr. Akerkar has vast experience in software development as well as data center build and operations, making him the perfect person to lead the panel discussion.

Register now for free to discover how you can tap into India’s bright digital future at our India Cloud and Data Center Market Brief on Tuesday 18th August.