Tata datacenter expansion in India will support local business

Attempts by India’s global service providers to win business with large multinationals will benefit enterprises in the company

Tata Communications has just opened its third datacenter in Delhi, and its 44th overall, illustrating how India’s global service providers' attempts to win business with large multinationals are benefiting local business.

With Indian government and businesses moving workloads to the cloud, datacenters in India will be in demand.

According to the third annual Cisco Global Cloud Index, Indian cloud datacenter traffic will increase four-fold by 2017, with 17% of services accessed by mobile users. The research predicts that cloud-based workloads will increase by an average of 35% during the five-year period between 2012 and 2017. By 2017, it expects cloud data to account for more than two-thirds of datacenter traffic, some 7.7 zettabytes.

It is an advantage for a business to have datacenter resources in the same country in which it operates, and Tata Communications plans to invest more than US$200m to double its datacenter capacity in India from 500,000 sq ft to 1,000,000 sq ft over three years, an initiative that will support cloud expansion in India.

"With an increase in the uptake of cloud services, the datacenter has become a critical element in every enterprise's infrastructure strategy,” said Benoy CS, director, ICT practice at Frost & Sullivan. “The third-party datacenter market is poised to grow very fast as many enterprises are now strategising to avail themselves of IT infrastructure as a service rather than investing in huge captive datacenters.”

Rangu Salgame, CEO, growth ventures at Tata Communications, said there is an unprecedented surge in data generation and storage needs. “Enterprises are having to contend with trends such as bring your own device (BYOD), social networking, mobile, analytics and cloud – and Tata Communications is well placed to partner them through these exciting times.”

India has some of the world's largest IT service providers, with customer lists that resemble a who's who of global multinationals, but on their home turf, they have to take a different approach to supporting customers.

Senior executives at two of India's global IT service providers recently told searchcio.in about the IT opportunities Indian businesses are taking on, as well as the challenges they face. CN Raghupathy, head of Indian operations at IT giant Infosys, and Salil Godika, co-founder of newcomer Happiest Minds Technologies, both spoke of the need for Indian businesses to leapfrog their Western counterparts in IT adoption.

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