Yotta to invest $469m in Indian data centers over next two years

Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani Group company, is set to invest US$469m or ₹3,500 crore on three data centers in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai over the next two years.

The facilities are expected to hold 5,000+ racks across five to six buildings, reported The Hindu BusinessLine.

The demand for data centers in India is growing exponentially driven by increased cloud adoption and upcoming Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G and the Internet of Things.

Sunil Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Yotta Infrastructure, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the spurt in the demand for cloud infrastructure. There is not enough supply to meet the demand that we currently see.”

India’s directive for data localisation has also influenced expansion plans by the likes of AWS, Airtel, Oracle, Google and Jio in partnership with Microsoft Azure.

The first of Yotta’s three data centers in Mumbai is ready for its grand opening this month, while work on their Chennai facility will begin in October following a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The data center provider’s Delhi facility will also begin construction in October, and should go live in January 2022.

Building India’s largest data center

Yotta’s first data center, Yotta NM1, is slated to be one of the largest data centers in India. The facility covers 800,000 square feet, filled with 7,200 racks and 50MW of power.

The facility is also one of the largest data centers to receive the highest certification for data center design, Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Certification of Design Documents.

Mr. Gupta was thrilled with the achievement, and said the certification ‘is the equivalent to the Oscar Awards for the data center industry’.

“It was a grueling process that took over ten months to achieve,” said Mr. Gupta.

The certification signifies the data center’s fault-tolerant design where the facility is able to continue running, despite a structural failure in the power and cooling systems or even a fire.

“Full power and cooling should continue to the rack for at least one hour, even while fire may still be on,” said NK Jain, the Chief Technical Advisor at Yotta Infrastructure.

The Yotta NM1 data center, located in Mumbai’s Panvel Datacenter Park, will be supported by two power plants, one solar powered and one gas powered.

“Yotta achieved this milestone by implementing truly unique and innovative design and engineering. This is most impressive,’’ said Martin McCarthy, the Chairman and CEO of Uptime Institute.

Image credit: Yotta

What does the future hold for India’s data center market?

The need for data centers in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels. And this will continue to rise driven by surges in cloud adoption, digital transformation and social media usage.

As a result, the India data center market has a forecasted value of US$3.2 billion by 2024. But how can you tap into this exciting market?

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