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Immense Potential For Growth Of Data Centres In India

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The sixth edition of Data Centre India 2019 International Conference was organized in New Delhi. The objective of the one-day conference was to understand and formulate strategies related to the future needs and challenges of the data centre sector in the country.

Welcoming the chief guest and the panelists, T.V. Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum, said, “While the data centre ecosystem in India has developed to some extent in the last 4-5 years, there is still potential for further growth of the sector. One also needs to take into account the economics of data centres and storage. Data centres consume huge capacities of power (a medium sized data centre consumes power almost to the tune of that consumed by a small city) and require vast tracts of land for operations. In order to facilitate this, it is imperative that the conditions for viability of setting up of data centres in the country are addressed on a high priority basis.”

At the heart of Digital India, data centre services are expected to play an important role in transformation of information into business opportunities. The need to build indigenous home-grown data centres and improving efficiency and security of data centres was also highlighted at the conference.

During her inaugural speech, Smt. Neeta Verma. Director General, National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India (GoI) said, The three major requirements for a data centre are land, power & manpower.  Today, most of the data centres in India are located in Tier-1 cities, where the cost of land is highest. The data centre services companies should follow the example of a large number of PSUs setting up data parks or data townships in Tier-2 or Tier-3 cities.” In 1960’s many PSUs, like NTPC, NHPC, BHEL, SAIL, set up their manufacturing units, power plants and steel plants in remote locations and along with that they set up entire townships to provide all facilities to their employees and their workforce, she added. According to her, this move can help the data center companies generate employment and create economic benefits for the local population.

Today’s data centres are integrated and cloud-enabled. One of the panel discussions delved on the challenges being faced in this context, like the architecture, the technology and the efficiency of operations.

According to Vinit Goenka, Member Governing Council of CRIS, Ministry of Railways (GoI) setting up of indigenous data centres in India in order to avoid data colonization should be prioritized.

Acknowledging the importance of data centres and data protection in the digital revolution, Ramachandran further said, “With the growing trend of video and audio-visual content consumption across the country, and especially in the rural areas (contrary to popular belief, 65% of online video consumption in India comes from the rural market, which has only 40% internet connectivity), the requirement of storage and transmission of this immense traffic growth necessitates the development of data centres to a considerable extent. We need to be well poised to accommodate this explosion of video traffic, alongside other social media services which is imminent in the near future. Incentivizing of data centres instead of mandating them could prove beneficial for this purpose.”

There is an urgent need for a robust and secure Digital infrastructure which can deliver reliable and cost-effective solutions to the business to drive the digital transformation initiatives taken by government.

“The 6th edition of ‘Data Centre India 2019’ fostered a dynamic forum for senior executives of leading enterprises to understand Hyper-converged Virtualized Network Functions and formulate strategies to enhance their data centre infrastructure in line with business needs.  It has brought the best minds in the data centre vertical under one roof to trace the importance of various aspects of building state of the art data centres and hyper convergence of conventional enterprise data centres and Virtual Cloud based Data Centres,” said Shashi Dharan, Managing Director, Bharat Exhibitions.

“The decision to switch to Hybrid Cloud is imperative for enterprises as it allows them to make the optimal use of on-premises infrastructure, while leveraging cloud for additional, burstable workloads. Future-ready enterprises are bolstering their transformation journey by adopting emerging technologies & platforms like Blockchain, AI, Chabots, DevOps, etc. in a Hybrid Cloud deployment model,” said Amit Goyal, Global Head Technology Practice, Birlasoft

6th Data Centre India 2019 was sponsored by ORACLE, IXIA, Telesoft Technologies, Savitri Telecom Services, Allied Telesis and SIG Systems. The event was supported by Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India and the Knowledge Partner was Broadband India Forum.―CT Bureau

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