South Asia Data Center Investments Grow

The first month of 2015 proved to be a busy one for South Asia data center development, with announcements made in January about the creation of both a Bangladesh data center and multiple India data centers.

Bangladesh State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak announced at the start of this year that the country is looking to build a massive data center in Kaliakor, approximately 45 kilometers north of Dhaka, it claims will be the fifth largest in the world. The South Asian data center will sit on 20 acres of land and be equipped with enterprise and government cloud technologies. The facility's creators are looking to achieve certification of Tier IV reliability and are partnering with the Chinese government to complete the project.

"The signing of a commercial agreement with the Chinese government to build this Tier IV certified center is in the final stages," said Palak. "We hope to start the construction the project infrastructure this year… It can be situated in the High Tech Park being built at Kaliakoir."

Despite the prestige associated with the project, the site proposed for the Bangladesh data center is being criticized by many in the country because it is within the limits of an earthquake zone, causing many to raise concerns about safety and uptime availability.

ESDS Software Solution announces India data centers
Also in January, ESDS Software Solution announced that it is investing more than $54 million in the creation of three India data centers within the next two years. The plans include a 200,000 square-foot Navi Mumbai data center, a 100,000 square-foot Bangaluru data center and a 50,000 square-foot facility in Nashik, approximately 160 kilometers northeast of Mumbai. The company is also working to create 450,000 square feet of separate data center space in the next 24 months, though the facilities' locations have yet to be determined.

"We see a good demand for data centers in the country, with the cloud now getting a good acceptance," said Piyush Somani, managing director and chief executive officer at ESDS Software. "Further, the growth of e-commerce, big data, Internet of Things and telecommunication among others would result in an increased need for data centers."

ESDS Software currently operates a 50,000 square-foot Nashik data center that counts companies like Pizza Hut and tube-packaging manufacturer Essel Propack as clients.

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