INDIA DATACENTER MARKET IS VALUED AT $2.2BN
CtrlS (Asia’s Largest Tier 4 DC)has datacenters in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Noida. The company has developed the capabilities to provide platform level services which includes data center infrastructure, storage, backup, hardware, OS layers, network and security layers.It offers a host of outsourced business solutions and services such as Disaster Recovery on demand, Managed services, Private cloud-ondemand to enable clients to make the paradigm shift from the captive datacenter model to the outsourced one. In an exclusive interview to Dataquest, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Founder & CEO CtrlS Datacenters, decodes the Datacenter market in India and the company’s play. Excerpts.
How do you see the evolution of datacenters to what it is today - the datacenter tipping point and how it changed the IT infrastructure market?
Earlier businesses would purchase their own infrastructure and operate an in-house corporate datacenter to support and run their business. But, with increasing need for uptime of near zero downtime the cost for redundant infrastructure would increase multi-fold and making managing datacenters unviable. Secondly, outages can cost a company millions of dollars in losses. Loss of data can derail them completely – in fact, according to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), USA, 93% of companies that faced a disaster exceeding ten or more days filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.
Hence, it is my belief that in the next 24 to 48 months 70% of in-house datacenters in India will move their infrastructure into large format datacenters providing near zero downtime. Alternatively, most of the CIOs will also consider cloud as an alternative as it eliminates the issues such as hardware refresh, annual maintenance costs, scalability issues, and challenges of resource optimization. This will reduce the need for servers, storage from an end-user perspective and focus shall move to large format providers who shall build the infrastructure for customers in the datacenter for colocation and cloud in the form of public, private, hybrid or community cloud.
According to Gartner, cloud spending is likely to surpass $677 million in 2017, while traditional data center outsourcing spend is estimated at $559 million, truly reflecting the mindset of CIOs and businesses.
From a market perspective, what is your assessment of the India market - how is the market classified and what are the key growth drivers?
The India data center market is valued at $2.2 billion, and is forecasted to surpass $4.5 billion by 2018. For a moment, if we were to take a global view, 90% of world’s data has been generated in the less than thirty six months. Similarly, in India, the key growth drivers include rising growth of data, digitization, increasing number of interconnected devices due to IoT, cost of servers. Besides, datacenter center as a part of overall IT budget is becoming exorbitant and slowness in building infrastructure (sometimes it takes a few months to procure hardware infrastructure) to address the growing business needs. As far as market classification is concerned, it is mostly divided between Tier-3 and Tier-4 datacenters as business seek high uptime, most business would prefer a Tier-4 datacenters as they provide near zero downtime.
What is your company’s play in the Datacenter market?
CtrlS is India’s 1st and Asia’s largest Tier-4 datacenter provider. We have Tier-4 datacenter facilities across Mumbai, Noida and Hyderabad. Our Bangalore facility would be operational soon. We are soon announcing our second Hyderabad datacenter facility as well. Besides this, we operate a Tier-3 datacenter in Chennai – this is a joint venture between CtrlS and BNSL. We continue to enable Fortune 100 Global MNCs, Banks, Payment Gateways, Telecom, IT/ITeS companies, Manufacturing companies and Ecommerce players among others in our datacenter facilities. We provide industry best uptime SLA of 99.995%, lowest PUE of 1.42, carrier neutrality, robust security, and pollution free air in the datacenter to avoid corrosion of hardware and earthquake and flood proof facilities.
Our focus is on enabling mission critical applications with near zero downtime backed by industry’s highest SLA of 99.995%, lowest PUE supported by Carrier-Neutrality, low latency which is key for business applications performance. We have a 24/7 monitoring and managed services team to support our customers who host their infrastructure in our datacenters.
If you were to wear a hat of a consultant - what according to you are some the key things a CIO should look before moving his IT assets to a Datacenter?
To my mind (as a CIO), need for seamless availability of infrastructure, quick scalability of infrastructure to support business goals would be the major drivers for moving IT assets to a datacenter.
—SRIDHAR PINNAPUREDDY Founder & CEO CtrlS Datacenters