IBM, Tulip Telecom Build 900,000 Square Foot Data Center in India
IBM has announced that it has worked with Tulip Telecom to design and help build what the companies are calling the largest data center facility in India to deliver new cloud and networking services.
Tulip Telecom is a telecommunications network and data service provider in India. Its services reach more than 2,000 cities and towns throughout India.
IBM's data center and SmartCloud infrastructure services will support Tulip in extending its existing offerings to quickly meet customer demand. With the number of people using mobile devices to access the Internet increasing dramatically, IDC estimates that the amount of information managed by enterprises will grow 50 times over the next decade, and in the next two years alone the number of servers installed will increase by 49 percent over those installed today.
Covering more than 900,000 square feet, and 20 Enterprise Modular Data Centers in a four-tower building, the facility is engineered to support up to 100 megawatts of power, making it the third-largest data center in the world, IBM said.
In an interview with CIO InsighteWEEK, Steven Sams, vice president of global site and facilities services at IBM, said Tulip Telecom teamed with IBM to design a solution that could easily scale to its customers' infrastructure needs quickly and efficiently. IBM brings deep expertise in building modular data centers worldwide, and its enterprise-focused, secure SmartCloud services.
The highly efficient data center is designed to international green building standards and engineered with power, chillers, cooling, rack layout and uninterrupted power supply systems. Sams said Tulip is aiming to have the facility be gold certified according to the U.S. Green Building Council s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
IBM has designed and delivered more than 1,000 modular data centers for customers around the globe, helping customers save up to 30 percent in energy costs per year, compared with traditional data centers.
What we re seeing in India with Tulip is what we re seeing across all the growth markets, Sams told eWEEK. There is exploding demand as they build out their information systems platforms. We ve seen $11 billion spent on data center infrastructure across the growth markets. That s up 28 percent overall in the growth markets and 36 percent in India. There is a massive buildup to support IT in India, China, Russia and Brazil.
Over the last five years, IBM has built more than 1,000 facilities around the world, 40 percent of them in growth market countries including a large number in India, Sams said. IBM also has eight data centers in India supporting its own IT needs in the country, he said.