Data center providers in the country are seeing increased demand as part of the current lockdown as more and more people work from home. And, let’s say they are ready to handle the load comfortably in the near future.
The vertical sectors experiencing higher demand are the media, e-commerce, over-the-top services and banking. Data centers are one of the most important of the main systems required to keep online services running smoothly.
Having been classified as an essential service, these providers work with a limited staff of their centers. “We have organized passes so that our staff can travel, for private transport, with disinfectants in the data centers and disinfection of the area every hour. We have also provided bunk beds to allow the staff to rest, with food, “said Sharad Sanghi, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure (India) at NTT Ltd. Less than a tenth of its workforce comes to the centers; the rest work from home.
Similarly, WebWerks operates with only 10-14% of its staff on its premises, on a rotational basis; others work from home. “We have medical rooms and we have a hotel next to our data centers, reserved for our employees,” said Nikhil Rathi, CEO.
Yotta Infrastructure, arm of the Hiranandani group’s data center, says it was better prepared for the conditions imposed by the lockdown, since it had decided at the outset to strongly automate the processes.
“Every employee has a laptop and we all log into the system before 9:00 am The day then continues as usual, with team meetings and planning as before,” said Sunil Gupta, CEO.
Data centers have been in the spotlight for the past two years, since the conversation around the local storage of Indian user data has intensified. With more people working from home, the need to store data in the cloud has also grown exponentially.
Most data centers say they are ready. Industry experts estimate that over the next two years, $ 7.1 billion (50,000 crore rupees) will be spent in India on cloud infrastructure. The 21-day lockout only intensified this change for many small businesses as well.
“The demand for bandwidth has increased five times. The type of demand you saw in a week, the earlier you see in a day,” said Rathi of WebWorks.
While most companies have moved to the cloud, those that mainly work with on-premises data have had to rethink their strategy, added Rathi. For example, stockbrokers now realize that being in the cloud could help run their business more effectively today. He added that their business was well covered and had underutilized capacity.
Most of these players are also well covered to support the extra capacity for the next few months. “We have oversupplied the infrastructure … and we should be in a good position. We can provision more capacity remotely. We would need to add physical servers at some point, but for the next three months, we are good, “said Sanghi.
“The impact of the coronavirus remains to be seen … it will further improve the digitization and use of technology and, ultimately, data centers.), Since discretionary spending on infrastructure will not be a priority , the move to the cloud will be preferred, “said Guotta de Yotta.