Last year, two big announcements showed the world why India is now being seriously considered as a market for building local datacenters. IBM or Big Blue, as it is popularly known, announced that it was setting up its first cloud datacenter in India to gain a bigger share of the exploding cloud computing market in the country. The firm announced that it had built a 30,000 sq ft datacenter facility in Airoli, Mumbai. Similarly, Microsoft announced that it will set up local datacenters in India by the end of 2015.
Even as the adoption of cloud computing rises exponentially, many firms, especially those who have to adhere to regulatory requirements, are unable to put their data on the cloud simply because they need to host their data locally. As most public service providers have servers hosted abroad, firms in sectors like banking, telecom, and government are unable to host their data on public clouds.
Till now, global players had a wait and watch attitude. But now, with a government focused on going digital in a big way, and an accompanying boom in smartphones and associated sectors like eCommerce, global players like Microsoft and IBM are realizing the importance of setting up a local datacenter.
Studies by independent research firms like Gartner corroborate the bullishness in this sector. Gartner believes that India will be the second largest market for datacenter infrastructure and the second fastest growing market in Asia-Pacific in 2015.
Commenting on the potential of local datacenters, Tyler Bryson, General Manager–Marketing and Operations, Microsoft India says, “We, at Microsoft, believe that there is a huge growth potential for cloud services and local datacenters in India. The key architects of this growth are digital explosion, advent of smartphones, advanced and rich content delivery platforms, high-speed data connections, exponential growth in the adoption of eCommerce, increasing Internet penetration, and reiterated focus on e-governance. Aligned with industry predictions, Microsoft, with a diverse range of cloud offerings, is well-positioned to address this market by offering services from local datacenters, catering to the requirements of industry sections which are under served for cloud services.”