Web Werks announces $100mn data centre in Bengaluru
Indian colocation data centre operator Web Werks is ramping up its expansion into additional metro areas throughout the country, as its ongoing joint venture with US firm Iron Mountain progresses towards increased growth and market penetration.
On Friday, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the regional government in Karnataka, outlining plans for a new data centre site in the city of Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore).
According to Indian news sources, the project will see Web Werks reportedly invest just over $100mn (or ₹750 crore) into the land acquisition and construction of the site. The new data centre will supposedly have a footprint of around 1250,000 square feet and be capable of delivering up to 20 MW of IT capacity - with a spokesperson from Web Werks hinting that the facility could, and probably will grow even further after that.
The local government will be supporting the project from a regulatory perspective, reportedly aiding the development by facilitating required permissions, registrations, approvals, and clearances.
The project is an important growth milestone for both Bengaluru, which is starting to emerge as a vibrant and fast-growing market, as well as Web Werks itself.
Founded in 1996 as a web hosting company, Web Werks branched into data centres about a decade ago, growing from a single small scale facility into three data centres - one in Navi Mumbai, one in Pune, and one in Noida. Together, all three facilities have a capacity of roughly 6.75 MW. The new 20 MW facility in Bengaluru, then, is a massive step up.
Now, following the recent announcement of Iron Mountain’s $150mn investment into the companies’ joint venture partnership earlier this year, Web Werks’ CEO Nikhil Rathi says that next few months will see an explosion of developments across “all of India’s major metros” as the company starts to break into the hyperscale market.
“Digital transformation in India continues to accelerate with support from the Government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. Web Werks’ Bengaluru data centre will cater to the increasing demand from hyperscalers like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Enterprises. We look forward to providing our new customers in South India with highly reliable and scalable solutions combining hosted infrastructure, cloud on-ramp, network and security. The addition of this data centre is part of our national expansion and we are extremely happy and grateful to the Government of Karnataka for their support,” Rathi added in a statement to the press.
Microsoft hyperscale plans prompt Lab3 New Zealand launch
Lab3, an Australian cloud migration specialist, has announced it is launching in New Zealand after being prompted by a surge in demand for cloud services and Microsoft’s investment into hyperscale data centres.
The company, which was founded in 2017, has appointed David Boyes as Chief Executive Officer and Rich Anderson as Chief Operating Officer. According to Companies Office records, Boyes and Anderson each have a 10% share in Lab3’s New Zealand business. Commenting on cloud migration, Boyes said: “Across New Zealand, in government and every industry sector, organisations are looking to migrate to the cloud to modernise their technology environments.” He added that the Coronavirus pandemic was fuelling a “ need to tap into the power of data, facilitate remote work and meet public expectations of a virtual world.”
Chris Cook, Group CEO of Lab3 said the business was "first and foremost about client success" which drives the company’s product innovation and motivation to expand into New Zealand. “We look forward to working closely with Microsoft to deliver more for New Zealand clients,” he said.
Microsoft’s New Zealand hyperscale data centre investment plan
Microsoft’s investment into a hyperscale data centre region in New Zealand meant the resulting facilities will aim to provide several organisations with access to the security and scalability of a public cloud without sending data offshore.
Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand, said: “We’ve seen a tremendous acceleration in cloud migration over the past year as organisations have responded to global disruption and conversely, recognised the global opportunities a digital operation brings.
“Our research with IDC shows public cloud technologies are set to create 102,000 local jobs and add [NZ]$30 billion to the New Zealand economy over the next four years, so we’re delighted to welcome a partner of LAB3’s calibre to New Zealand, to help more organisations realise those gains even faster," she added.
Lab3’s clients include several fintech organisations, a global software vendor, Australian federal and state government agencies, and insurance and banking corporations. The company employs over 200 staff and has three advanced specialisations across migrations, Azure virtual desktop, and security.