CHENNAI: Chennai could fast emerge as one the most prominent private data centre hubs in the south, with at least six companies committing more than Rs 12,000 crore investments between April and now, and many more projects expected soon.
Availability of industrial parks and land in and around Chennai, undersea cables that connect the city to south east Asian countries and TN's status as a power surplus state are some of the reasons for companies to choose the city over others.
While Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is far ahead on this, Chennai is making a strong pitch to be the second major data hub in the country.
"Tamil Nadu's multiple submarine cable landing stations, surplus power and proximity to key Asian hubs make the state a leading data centre destination. Recent spate of investments is a testimony to the state's growing prowess as a data centre hub ," Neeraj Mittal, MD & CEO, Guidance TN, said. "A data centre policy of Tamil Nadu is under preparation as there are large number of inquiries from global companies, who are keen to either have their main data centre here or have their data back-up base (disaster recovery centre) in Chennai," M Vijayakumar, MD, Elcot told TOI.
"Data is growing at a phenomenal pace. To store, compute and analyse the same, one requires data centres. With access to the land parcel and our expertise to build and operate data centre parks across India, we entered into an MoU with TN government. While we receive other approvals for constructing the data park, we have started pre-contracting the vendors and expect the work to start within a couple of months," Rohan Sheth, Head - Real Estate, Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani group company, said. The firm has committed Rs 4,000 crore investment.
Yotta typically develops data parks of 150-200MW capacity at each site and has plans to spread across major cities. While it ventured into this business segment in 2019 with a facility in Navi Mumbai, it will soon add one in Greater Noida.
"Chennai, with its reputation of being the gateway for global internet companies in India, coupled with the progressive policies of the local government, offers great opportunity to the data centre industry to thrive and flourish. STT GDC (India) already has a significant presence in Chennai with an operational capacity of 30MW of IT load, and another 15MW likely to come into production in the next few months," said Sumit Mukhija, CEO, STT GDC India.
"While we are proud to have a significant presence in Tamil Nadu, particularly Chennai, we seek the state government's support on policies that are conducive for data centre operators like us, in order to bring more investments and customers into the state," Sumit added.
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