Data Centers – Central To Any Digital Strategy

The fifth edition of the Data Centre India 2018 International Conference was organized in New Delhi recently. With the theme The DC of Tomorrow: Hyper Converged and Virtualized Network Functions the forum traced the importance of various aspects of next-generation data centers and virtual cloud based data centers. Emphasis was on understanding and formulating strategies to enhance data center infrastructure in line with business needs.

The inaugural session was a panel discussion on the role of data centers in digital e-nclusion, privacy and e-governance, and private cloud for Digital India. Neeta Verma, director general, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics & IT, the guest of honor kickstarted the event by sharing the transformation the industry has seen in the last five years. NIC has had exponential growth in its Meghraj cloud adoption and similar growth in users as well as transactions volumes year-on-year. She attributed data explosion and adoption of new technologies as major factors behind the transformation.

Other key drivers are the manifold increase in mobile connections in the last three years, the increase in number of smartphone users, enhanced broadband connectivity, increasing popularity of social media, and the large amount of content being generated. As a result, a humongous amount of data is being downloaded, and also being created. The need for this data to be securely stored, sometimes also processed and seamlessly accessed is propelling demand for data centers.

Businesses now have a varying requirement in terms of up time, architecture, and infrastructure. Even the bandwidth requirements are different from those a couple of years ago. New technologies like machine learning, blockchain, and cryptocurrency are transforming the data centers.

Digital transformation is a driver for change across all segments of the market, from consumers to corporate. The need for anytime and anywhere availability of content, combined with on-line transactions is leading to explosion of data. This is driven by shifts in demand, usage, and technology change.

The panelists also delved on the ideal strategy that businesses should adopt to economize cost and meet security challenges. The industry is moving toward green data centers, which are poised at a CAGR of 27 percent in the coming years.

“India has been experiencing rapid strides of progress in becoming a digital first economy, catalyzed by the government’s endeavor to boost digital infrastructure coupled with a host of other economic reforms. At the heart of Digital India is the data center, and all services, offerings envisioned through Digital India to transform India will only be as good as the data center powering it, from a scalability, speed as well as physical security standpoint. There is need for an IT infrastructure model that can deliver reliable, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the business in a timely manner thus driving digital transformation initiatives.”

Sumit Mukhija

“GSTN has digitally transformed the way the businesses become complaint to the tax regime. From a paper-based system we have moved to a completely paperless system.”

Pankaj Dikshit
SVP, IT Infrastructure,
Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN)

“GIFT City has already made operational the infrastructure that enables potable drinking water from every tap, 99.9 percent uptime on electricity, automatic waste collection segregation and management, a district cooling system that provides an efficient operational benefit and a tier IV data center with ~900 rack capacity. GIFT City provides the necessary platforms to businesses to grow in both the domestic and global markets.”

Sunil Joshi
President – Business Operation,
Gift City

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