India’s largest data centre building, Yotta NM1, the largest Tier-IV data centre, certified by Uptime Institute in Asia, and the second-largest in the world was inaugurated in the virtual presence of Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Govt. of India, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Subhash Desai, Minister of Industries and Mining, Govt. of Maharashtra.
“What makes the Yotta story unique is our ownership of all key input resources, massive economies of scale with our land banks, captive green energy generation and distribution capabilities and unmatched expertise and experience in data centre domain, including design, engineering, construction and operations”, said Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director & Co-founder, Hiranandani Group.
“This data centre is a global pioneer not just in terms of capability and price but more so in terms of its focus on efficiency and sustainability. We provide the most efficient power offering available in the market today, not just the lowest price of power but also a power usage efficiency or PUE that is a global benchmark for the tropics,” said Darshan Hiranandani, Group CEO, Hiranandani Group.
Dr. Hiranandani Group had announced setting up of Yotta Infrastructure as a Hiranandani Group subsidiary and a managed data centre service provider to develop hyper-scale data centre parks across India.
Data centres were originally seen as a segment of commercial real estate where the primary activity was to build and lease buildings to corporates to store their data. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an upsurge of end-users from different segments, including e-commerce, online banking, entertainment, education and over the top OTT media streaming services.
The initial stage is termed as phase zero. The plan is to migrate to renewables and gas-based combined heat and power generation on-site will provide chilled water at the most efficient cost structure possible and will bring design PUE numbers down to 1.2, which is unheard of in Indian weather conditions. Plans also include building future-ready facilities running 100 per cent on renewables whether offsite through solar and wind, coupled with on-site hydrogen-based co-generation and fuel cells in the future.
Hiranandani Group Plans Rs 35 Bn Investment in Data Centres
Dr. Hiranandani has plans to initially invest about Rs 35 billion in the datacenter business across Navi Mumbai and Chennai. The group has already made Rs 10 billion investment in its first data centre. Dr. Hiranandani attributes his interest in the segment to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has time and again spoken about ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ and the need for data to be located and stored in India as part of the Central Government’s ambitious plans to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025. The past couple of years had seen these aspects take the data centre space to growth levels of over 100 per cent YoY.
This prompted the Hiranandani Group to set up Yotta to offer hyper-density, hyper-scalable data centre and co-location solutions to enterprises with supporting managed IT, hybrid multi-cloud and security services. The group already has the expertise for building data centres; it has the land suitable for data centres as also the most important aspect, the expertise of managing power efficiency. These put together, would help create efficiency-plus data centres, with operating costs estimated to reduce by 20 per cent.
Beginning with Panvel, where Yotta’s growth plans began with the building of the data centre park. The country’s largest, it is spread over 18 acres and comprises five data centres and 30,000 racks. The COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and work from home (WFH) have multiplied digital and online transactions, these all reflect in incremental demand at data centers, be it to power collaborative tools like Zoom, usage of enterprise tools like SAP or net banking, as also on the consumer side, OTT platforms for entertainment like Netflix, Hotstar, etc. There is a 30 per cent hike in data center capacity usage, and even after the situation returns to ‘normal’, the work style is expected to be data centre-driven to continue the demand growth.
As government agencies and enterprises focus more than ever before on self-reliance under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in their supply chains within the country, this has also led to more emphasis on data privacy and protection and, consequently, on data localisation.
The demand for hyper-scale data centers is on the rise, thanks to the government’s push for the national e-commerce policy and proposed policy on data centre parks. Also, with the new normal established due to COVID-19, reliance on technology from enterprises and consumers has increased.
Commercial Real Estate’s Sunrise Segment
Data centres are a ‘sunrise’ segment in Indian commercial real estate and show the potential to grow at a fast pace. Sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), logistics, transportation, e-commerce, media and entertainment as also government agencies are driving high demand for data centres. For the team at Yotta, the formal inauguration caps on-going negotiations with a large number of potential users should get implemented once the lockdown is truly lifted and ‘normalcy’ returns to the Indian economy.
With proximity to Mumbai and Pune, Yotta NM1 Data Center is located in the 600-acre Hiranandani Fortune City in Panvel. Yotta NM1 is first of the five data center buildings coming up at this Integrated Yotta Data Center Park, which, once fully built, will have an overall capacity of 30,000 racks and 250 MW power. At 820,000 sq. ft, 7,200 racks, 50 MW of power and four redundant self-owned fibre paths connecting the DC to national highways, the first DC Yotta NM1 itself offers a highly scalable data centre infrastructure, capable of hosting global cloud, content and OTT operators besides the mission-critical applications of enterprises and governments. The ultra-modern building, supported by a highly redundant on-site power infrastructure shall soon be powered by its own captive solar power plant and an on-site captive gas-based co-gen power plant thus delivering to its hosted customers long term reliable, green and cost-effective source of power.
With the COVID-19 pandemic fast-tracking the digital transformation efforts across enterprises and mass transition to remote working, a report by the market analyst firm Canalys Global says that cloud spends have been at a record high in 1Q2020, up 34 per cent during the time. As enterprises increase their dependency on cloud services, and as India becomes increasingly digital, shifting speedily to web collaboration, e-commerce, e-payments, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), internet of things (IoT), robotics, connected cars, and as 5G adoption takes up, the resultant growth in generated data is humongous and requires a massive buildout of evolved data processing and storage facilities, i.e., data centres. Initiatives under the Digital India campaign will further accelerate the growth in India's data center industry.