IBM has helped design and build a 900,000 square foot data center in India for Tulip Telecom. The companies say it is the largest data center in India.
announced that it has worked with Tulip Telecom to design and help build the
largest data center facility in India to deliver new cloud and networking
is a leading telecommunications network and data service provider in India. Its
services reach more than 2,000 cities and towns throughout India.
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.
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.
interview with eWEEK
, 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.
Our goal is
to be the largest data connectivity and managed services provider, and to
succeed, we needed a modernized data center that could support both business
and operational requirements, said Lt. Col. HS Bedi, chairman and managing
director of Tulip Telecom, in a statement. With a project of such magnitude at
hand, we chose to partner with IBM because the company has global expertise in
designing and building innovative, energy-efficient cloud data centers that
should support our needs now and in the future.
The new 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 being gold
certified according to the U.S. Green Building Councils (USGBC) Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
data center has a PUE [Power Usage Effectiveness measure] of 2.5, Sams said.
The PUE for Tulips data center is targeted to be 1.5.
Effectiveness (PUE) is a measure of how efficiently a computer data center uses
its power; specifically, how much of the power is actually used by the
computing equipmentin contrast to cooling and other overhead. PUE is the ratio
of the total amount of power used by a computer data center facility to the
power delivered to computing equipment. PUE was developed by a consortium
called The Green Grid. And it is the inverse of data center infrastructure
efficiency (DCiE). An ideal PUE is 1.0. Anything that isn't considered a
computing device in a data centersuch as lighting, cooling, etc.falls into
the category of facility power usage.
A data center
that can last decades when information technology is changing every two to
three years is critical for Tulip to support its growing business, Sams said
in a statement. IBMs data center and SmartCloud services will allow Tulip to
take the next step in meeting the fluctuating demands of its customers, as well
as meet Indias environmental efficiency regulations.
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.
seeing in India with Tulip is what were seeing across all the growth markets,
Sams told eWEEK
. There is exploding
demand as they build out their information systems platforms. Weve seen $11
billion spent on data center infrastructure across the growth markets. Thats
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.
Sams said the
plans for the Tulip data center came together amazingly fast, in that IBM
began working with Tulip in early 2011. IBM is the master planner of the
complex, and Big Blue designed and built the first IT modules. In addition, now
IBM is training Tulip on how to offer cloud services to its customers, he said.
Over the last
five years, IBM has built more than 1,000 facilities around the world, 40 percent
of them in growth market countriesincluding 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.
around 70,000 to 80,000 employees in India, and were the largest systems
integrator supporting Indian companies, Sams said.
A video of the
Tulip Telecom data center can be found here