Why Mumbai Is The Preferred Destination For Data Centers & Cloud Service Providers

In Maharashtra, Mumbai is the most populous and largest city. Mumbai, as well as being the largest metropolis in the state, is also known as a financial and entertainment hub. As the largest city in India, it is often called the city of dreams.

Mumbai is the largest economy in India. It is the commercial, entertainment, and financial capital of India. As well as one of the world’s top ten centers of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India’s GDP which is ₹4.95 lakh crore (US$62 billion) (2022–23 est.).The geographical location of Mumbai port on the west coast made it an economic hinge and trade window to the west. The two trade businesses made Mumbai prosperous and a center for the business hub. 

Mumbai leads the domestic data center market in India as the coastal cities offer the inherent advantage of a dense wet cable ecosystem, the data center sector in India is primed for continuous growth, with much of it concentrated in Mumbai.

Leading from the Front

This city will remain the largest data center hub in the country for three reasons. First, it has the best power infrastructure; the availability of power landing infrastructure, and fiber connectivity make it the best place for data centers lastly, it is the country’s business hub, which means higher demand.

At this moment Mumbai data center market currently holds enough capacity to absorb the potentially massive data requirements that are bound to arise in a market such as India. Around 700 MW of data center capacity in this market is either under-construction or still to be commissioned.

Currently, Mumbai is becoming one of the homes to prominent data center players such as CapitaLand, AdaniConneX, CtrlS, NTT, STT, Equinix, and Web Werks to name a few.

According to the latest report, in H1 2022, the DC stock in India exceeded 9 million sq. ft. with a 600+MW capacity in India. It is expected that the DC capacity will almost double by 2024, with more than 400MW currently under construction across cities in India. Mumbai is expected to lead the supply addition.

According to the report, Data center investment in India is expected to surpass USD 20 billion by 2025. The growing digitalization, coupled with a strong government policy impetus, has led to a surge in demand for DCs in India.

As per the JLL report, the total capacity of data centers is projected to double to 1203 MW in 2023.

The new supply additions in the city are backed by pre-commitment from cloud players. The city’s strong demand is driven by BFSI, media, and IT/ITes companies. Leading to high occupancy levels of 95 percent” said Karan Singh Sodi, Regional Managing Director-Mumbai JLL.

Mumbai Cloud & Data Center 

W.Media’s Mumbai CDC is an attempt to bring all the data center solutions providers, cloud service providers as well as other stakeholders to come together and discuss ways in which digitalisation can meaningfully move forward.

W.Media proudly announces Princeton Digital Group, Hilti India as Platinum sponsors. CapitaLand Limited, Climaveneta, Fuji Electric India Pvt. Ltd, Mistubishi Electric India Pvt Ltd, Tmeic India as Gold sponsors. Piller UK Ltd, Starline Holdings  LLC, Tata AutoComp GY Batteries Pvt. Ltd as Silver Sponsors. Datsons Electronics Pvt Ltd, HOPPECKE India Pvt. Ltd, IPS-Mehtalia Pvt. Ltd, CtrlS Datacenters Ltd, Panduit Singapore Pte Ltd, Marine Electrical (India) Limited, Commscope, Vass Electrical Industries Pty Ltd, Sudlows Consulting, Riello Power India Pvt. Ltd, Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd, Listenlights Pvt Ltd, NVENT ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, as Bronze sponsors. Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd, AvenueCorp India Pvt Ltd/Firepulse International, Adrianse India Pvt Ltd, and Electromech Infraprojects Pvt Ltd as Associate Sponsors. Arrow Electricals India Private Ltd as Closing Reception and Cocktail Sponsor.

The event will be attended by more than 500 data center professionals with more than 51 eminent speakers at the conference. They will be speaking on a wide range of topics focusing on data centers and cybersecurity. 

So, what’s the importance of data centers as the building blocks for India’s digitalisation efforts? Here’s a Sneak Peek from the Technology Experts,

Vipin Shirsat, Managing Director, Princeton Digital Group, India said:

“India is witnessing rapid digitalization driven by the growth of e-commerce, content creation, and cloud adoption. This growth is also compounded by the government’s push for digital adoption and requires a strong backbone of internet infrastructure particularly data centers. As a leading Pan-Asia datacenter operator, we are focused on delivering sustainable, hyperscale grade capacity at global standards to deliver digital growth. Our continued track record of delivering on our commitments is a key factor that makes PDG the partner of choice for hyperscalers in India.”

Khushru Mistry, Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Information Technology said:

“Data Center are the cornerstone to fuelling India’s trillion dollars digital economic growth.  Mumbai’s financial agility, prowess and infrastructure, constitutes the basic building blocks that will fundamentally change the road to India’s digitization journey and will spearhead the digitized public services to the next level – best in class services.  With major undersea fiber landing stations positioned at Mumbai, provides another major advantage to place Data Centres in Mumbai.”

James Murphy, Managing Director (APAC), DC Byte said :

“Mumbai’s booming data center market will provide the digital backbone and connectivity required for mass digitalisation and cloud adoption in India. India’s data center growth is still in the nascent stages of development and these new facilities are the first wave of what will likely be a boom period for everything related to cloud adoption, digitalisation, and digital infrastructure. As India continues to digitalise and develop more data center capacity will be required to facilitate this growth. Mumbai is well positioned to service this growth with a ready market, industry expertise and excellent connectivity.”


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