Yotta builds its own cloud platform to fight Amazon, Google, Microsoft: CEO

New Delhi: Yotta Infrastructure, the data center unit of Hiranandani Group, is looking to compete with global giants such as Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft with its own cloud platform. In an interview, Yotta co-founder and CEO Sunil Gupta told Mint that the company is currently beta testing its cloud hosting platform, which it aims to offer small businesses and government organizations in India.

“We are looking for full localization for our business. In addition to providing large data center facilities, we are currently in the beta testing phase of developing our own cloud hosting platform,” Gupta said.

Globally, cloud hosting, analytics and services are led by Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the US. Service providers, including Yotta itself, provide various tools on top of these cloud services, such as cybersecurity, data analytics, and more.

“Our goal is to provide a homegrown cloud hosting platform for small businesses and government organizations, while providing global giants with shared server rack space,” he added.

On Monday, Yotta announced investment plans rupeeUS$3.9 trillion will be spent on building data centres and IT services infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh over the next seven years.The company also launched its first hyperscale data center campus in the National Capital Region, built at a cost of rupee15 billion.

Hyperscale data centers are large units that house tens of thousands of servers and handle critical network functions and computing for companies. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure lead the industry in India and globally.

The facility, located in Greater Noida, will eventually have 160 megawatts (MW) of information technology (IT) server capacity – currently the first seven-story facility provides 28.8 MW of capacity.

The executive also added that Yotta has entered into a partnership with state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Under the partnership, which will be officially announced in the coming weeks, Yotta is transforming the telco’s infrastructure and buildings across the country into edge data center facilities.

“We have started work on seven of these facilities to build a large network of edge data centers,” Gupta added.

In February, IT Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar had said that India has 500 MW of live data center capacity, which the Union government expects to increase to 3,000 MW in FY27.

Government estimates also have an impact on the supply chain of IT services. On October 19, Santhosh Viswanathan, managing director of chipmaker Intel India, told Mint that the domestic data center market accounts for only 2 percent of global data center capacity.

“Once India’s data centers start building capacity to meet consumer demand, the market will make stronger business sense for the country’s chip and other component suppliers,” Viswanathan said.

Yotta’s Gupta agrees, adding that the company expects demand for data center infrastructure to increase in the coming years. “We are already building the next two data center buildings as part of our Greater Noida facility, each of which will add 33.6 megawatts of server capacity to the campus. We are also working to add 56 new ones in the local market Edge data center facilities to meet upcoming demand. In the east, we have already procured land in Kolkata and will also start building hyperscale facilities in the coming quarters,” Gupta said.

On September 27, a market study by real estate research firm JLL India indicated that planned and live data center capacity in India should reach 1,318 MW by the end of 2024. In addition, large hyperscale data center facilities, such as Yotta’s Greater Noida Park, should also contribute to the diversification of regional data center densities in India.

As of this year, more than three-quarters of India’s data center capacity was concentrated in Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, the report said.

“You need to diversify data centers with such a density because with the advent of artificial intelligence missions, mixed reality and 5G, it will be important to provide low-latency services. In this case, edge data centers will be the place to cache content. Crucial – this will help enable the next generation of enterprise and consumer content services,” added Gupta.

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