Asia’s largest Data Centre goes live at Navi Mumbai

Asia’s largest Data Centre goes live at Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai is now home to the largest data centre in India. Yotta NMI is India's largest Data Centre building. It is also the largest Tier IV Data Center and is certified by Uptime Institute in Asia, and the second-largest in the world. The inauguration of this data centre was done via video conference by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon. Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Govt. of India and Subhash Desai, Hon. Minister of Industries and Mining, Govt. of Maharashtra were also a part of the launch.

“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 Center domain including design, engineering, construction and operations”, said Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, MD and Co-founder, Hiranandani Group.

"This Data Center 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.

In the second half of 2019, Hiranandani Group announced setting up of Yotta Infrastructure, which is its subsidiary and a Managed Data Centre Service Provider and is now developing hyper-scale data centre parks in India. At that time, this move of spinning off a subsidiary for data centre had raised many eyebrows. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic as all things move to digital platforms and there is a surge in e-commerce, online banking, digital leaning and OTT,

The Initial stage is termed as Phase zero (0). 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 – again unheard of in Indian weather conditions. But the plan does not stop there; it includes building facilities today to ensure that can be future ready, to run 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.

 Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani has ambitious plans of potentially investing about ₹ 3500 crores in datacenter business across Navi Mumbai, Chennai to begin with. The group has already made Rs 1000 crs investment in its first data centre going live at our Hiranandani Fortune City township in Panvel. He attributes the initial interest in the segment to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke about a ‘digital India’; a ‘Make in India’; data to be located and stored in India and plans to achieve a $5 trillion economy. The past couple of years had seen these aspects take the data centre space to growth levels of over 100 per cent year-on-year.

This prompted setting up of the 100 per cent subsidiary of the Hiranandani Group, Yotta, which will 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 - expertise of power efficiency. These put together, will 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 building of the data centre park -the country’s largest, spread over 18 acres, comprising five data centres and 30,000 racks. Amidst projections at the time Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani announced setting up of Yotta, which showed huge demand for data centres in the near future, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a sharp spike in quantum of data centre spaces, and Yotta, its start-up stage at the first such building in Panvel, has been able to handle the quantum leap in demand for data centre spaces.

As enterprises and Government agencies now focus more than ever before on Self-Reliance ("Atmanirbhar") in their supply chains within the country, this has also lead to more emphasis on data privacy/protection and consequently on data localisation.

The demand for hyper-scale data centres is on the rise, thanks to Governments push for the National E-commerce Policy and proposed policy on Data Center Parks. Also, with the new normal established due to COVID, reliance on technology from enterprises and consumers has increased. All these factors together make for a tremendous growth story for data centres in India. As per the company, data Centres are a ‘sunrise’ segment in Indian commercial real estate, and it shows the potential to grow at a fast pace. Sectors such as BFSI, logistics, transportation, e-commerce, media and entertainment.

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