Re-imagining data centres: the heart of India’s digital economy

Jul 07, 2021
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IoT technologies are stimulating the growth of data centres, making way for new trends in data centre management, sustainability, and data localization.


In today's hyper-connected world, every aspect of our lives is either continually surrounded with data or is generating data itself. Take smartwatches, for example. Besides tracking each step, we take,they also monitor our heartbeat. Similarly, smartphones, too, work with data as these devices know our location at any given time, our hobbies, if we are planning a vacation, or about to make a purchase online. Everything we do, search, write, post, and basically, everything else surrounding digital devices' usage constitutes data.


Such insights, undoubtedly, benefit the consumer as well as the product or service developer. It is safe to say that we're all transitioning towards the world of IoT (Internet of Things). Benefitting everyone by aiding our daily lives, IoT also presents an ecosystem that allows us always to stay connected to the people and things that matter the most to us.


But what about its impact on businesses? How is IoT changing the business landscape?


The usage of such advanced technology in the business landscape is no different as it allows organizations to gauge the actual situation instead of depending on assumptions. The hefty amounts of data gathered are useful for analytics and computing systems, enabling businesses to identify user behaviour patterns, which would previously be impossible to evaluate.


Additionally, in recent years, Internet connectivity has seen an incredible improvement globally, making the web of global economic connections grow deeper, broader, and more intricate. How else would the leap from 2G to 5G be possible in such a short period? Besides, with exponential increase and the ease of connectivity, there has been an upsurge in creating technology based on the utilization of sensors and an extensive range of smart, touchless devices for a broad spectrum of applications.


The Advent of Data Centres' Supporting Role as a Critical Business Driver


Today's data-driven world is witnessing the emergence of high-speed internet and the ever-increasing demand for real-time data transference enabled by growing internet penetration on a global scale. With changing times, methods of communication, extraction, and transmission of information, too, is evolving incessantly. Consequently, giving rise to the advent of data centres and necessitating reliance on such advanced infrastructures for effectively meeting the needs of data management, extraction, transmission, and storage.


On an organizational level, this abundance of engagement and touch-point data demands extensive or hyper-scale storage facilities, which are usually made readily available by data centres.


Fuelled by the growing internet penetration rates, India has an estimated 700 million internet users, catalysing the growth of a digital ecosystem, including commerce, entertainment, and social media. As per the Ministry of Information Technology (MEITY), India's digital economy is projected to grow from a meager200 billion USD in 2017-18 to an astounding 1 trillion USD by the end of 2025.


With the introduction of regulations associated with data localization and security, the data centre industry has become a critical driver in maintaining the country's digital sovereignty, given the sheer size and the growth projections of the digital population and economy in India. Besides, with data localization, businesses can now store all sensitive data within the country's boundary, thus reducing the risk of cyber-attacks to a large extent.


Riding the digital disruption, the Indian Data Centre market has seen enormous growth and has turned into an essential IT aspect for organizations across industries. Further stimulating this growth, various efforts are being made by the government to enable the data centre industry in India for fulfilling the country's ever-increasing digital requirements in a compliant and secure manner.


Leveraging data and the internet, organizations have started to realize the crescendos of data analytics. Thus, transitioning from traditional resources to next-generation data centres and edge data centres backed with advanced network infrastructure, providing enhanced connectivity, improved security, and data compliance, as well as unmatched operational capabilities, all at a reasonably affordable cost. And indisputably, this rise in demand for data centres, in turn, has propelled the industry to witness a flourishing boom.


Transitioned Models for Remote Working Necessitates Digital Services


The current health crisis has accelerated the adoption of technology, fuelling data consumption as well as data generation, which are at an all-time high - this is where data centres being the heart of India's digital economy, enabled seamless services to support businesses with operational capabilities amidst challenging times.


Nonetheless, the benefits that advanced data centres offer are far-reaching than this. Here are some significant aspects of how data centres are re-shaping the core-competencies of India's digital economy:


1.Data Security


Next-generation data centres offer multi-layered security measures, blending physical securities as well as advanced access systems, which are continually upgraded with the latest security tools for preventing data theft and related risks effectively in a prompt manner.


For most organizations, enabling such data security processes is not feasible as it requires heavy investments in acquiring security systems and workforce. Thus, to store data and support mission-critical operations, businesses can partner with local data centres to eliminate these challenges.


2.Scalability and Flexibility


Gaining access to state-of-the-art data centres enables improved uptime compared to an organization's internal legacy setup. Besides, data centres allow superior flexibility and offer scalability benefits as per the operational requirements of businesses over time. Eliminating the need for hefty investments, data centres provide businesses with a readily available, on-demand ecosystem that is future-ready.


3.Communication and Productivity


Data centre enabled cloud communication facilities to improve digital communication. Additionally, with the deployment of advanced technologies, organizations can also improve employee productivity. Even in a remotely connected world, data centres allow scope for improving productivity.


The Way Forward


While we can agree that we are far away from having a 'Jarvis' like technology that can perform critical tasks and operations that are humanly impossible, and neither do we have a global grid that can be leveraged to gain world dominion - Local data centres are reimagining the digital economy of India and other countries. Providing momentum to the global digital economy and ensuring data security, data centres are poised to be at the heart of the times to come.


At STT GDC India, we are fully committed to fulfilling the ever-increasing demand of the Indian market and our customers. Our commitment summarizes a tactical course for STT GDC India to enable improved performance, enhanced reliability, superior data security, and the culture of sustainability in all our data centres across India. With 21 Data centres spread across 9 major cities in the country, STT GDC India is the leading colocation service provider in India.

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