Growing client demands for cloud services in India have caused a number of operators to take notice of the potential the marketplace has. As a result, several service providers have announced plans to open new India data centers, including IBM and Netmagic.
IBM plans India data center
Early this year, IBM announced that it would invest $1.2 billion in its worldwide cloud program. As part of this investment, the company is currently working out details for a new India data center to provide cloud services to clients in the country.
“We would finalize the location for the Indian data center once the due diligence is completed,” said Vamsi Charan Mudiam, IBM India head for cloud computing. “The center aims to capture the sharply growing domestic cloud services market.”
As IBM recently acquired Softlayer, the facility will provide this company’s services as well, including the client’s choice of cloud environments, data visibility and control. Recent research found that the cloud services market in the country will grow to a value of $4 billion within the next three years. This year alone, research predicts that the market will grow by 30 percent, reaching $550 million, an increase from last year’s $423 million.
Netmagic and NTT Communications’ new India data center
Netmagic, a subsidiary of NTT Communications, opened its newest India data center in Electronic City, Bangalore.
In early 2012, NTT Communications purchased a controlling stake in Netmagic. The companies leveraged their partnership for the new India data center build, using approaches from both organizations. The groups completed the 100,000 square foot Bangalore data center in late March.
All told, Netmagic operates eight India data centers, including facilities in Mumbai, Bengaluru and now in Bangalore. The new data center will provide cloud, IT infrastructure monitoring, data management, security and data center colocation services.
Akira Arima, NTT Communications president and CEO, noted that the Bangalore marketplace currently has more client demands than providers, leaving potential opportunities for other vendors.
“Given the large concentration of data intensive activities in Bangalore, our objective is to accommodate enterprises’ demand to house their critical IT infrastructure closer to them, as well as ensure that our data centers have the scalability to meet their growing needs, while offering highly efficient services at the same time,” Arima said.