Yotta to invest $1.1bn in new hyperscale campus in Bengal
The Hiranandani Group, one of India’s largest real estate investment and development firms, is further doubling down on the success of its data centre subsidiary Yotta. This week, the firm that it would invest Rs 8,500 crore ($1.1bn) into the purchase of 100 acres of land in Kolkata, West Bengal, which it plans to use to develop a new hyperscale data centre campus.
The proposed campus will reportedly comprise six individual data centre buildings with a combined IT load capacity of 250 MW upon completion. The first phase of the project is expected to come online in 2023.
The development will also house a state-of-the-art logistics park in order to further support the group’s operations. This element of the project is reportedly being developed as part of a joint venture between Hiranandani and US investment management company, the Blackstone Group. The joint venture is operating under the name Greenbase and is expected to spend around $200mn on developing the park, bringing the whole project’s projected cost to around $1.3bn.
When asked about the site selection for Yotta’s latest hyperscale campus and the Greenbase logistics park, Hiranandani Group CEO, Darshan Hiranandani, said that, “West Bengal is the gateway to the East. It is an ideal hub for logistics and industrial development with excellent road, rail and riverine connectivity.”
He added, “By setting up a data center park in Kolkata, we will not only serve the customers of the state but the entire eastern region including neighboring countries.”
Yotta is in India over the coming years. The Hiranandani group only launched its data centre subsidiary in 2019, but the company has already positioned itself as the largest hyperscaler in the country.
By the end of 2021, the group will have invested around Rs 15,000 crore ($1.65bn) across its projects in Navi Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai.
Yotta’s NM1 hyperscale data centre in Panvel, which has a capacity of 50 MW spread across 7,200 racks, is India's largest data centre housed in a single building. The company operates 11 data centres across India, and has a combined capacity currently in operation of 500 MW.
When discussing the company’s massive investment into the indian data centre market, Yotta CEO Sunil Gupta explained that the company is confident that the country is on track to become a leading global player and the massive supply that Yotta is creating will very soon be met with equally massive demand.
“There are two factors that led to the growth of data centers in India: Massive data explosion within India and the rapid adoption of cloud computing,” he said in a recent interview. “Our first datacenter Yotta NM1 was launched and has a capacity of 7,200 racks. It is almost 50 per cent bigger than the largest existing data centre in India and in fact it is Asia’s largest and world’s second-largest Uptime Institute Tier 4 certified data centre.” He added that, in addition to its Kolkata project, the company is exploring building new campuses in Bangalore, Gujrat and Hyderabad.
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.