IBM and Tulip Telecom Build 900,000 Square Foot Data Center in India

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.

IBM has 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 services.

Tulip Telecom is a leading 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 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.

€œOur 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. €œWith 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 Council€™s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

€œA typical data center has a PUE [Power Usage Effectiveness measure] of 2.5,€ Sams said. €œThe PUE for Tulip€™s data center is targeted to be 1.5.€

Power Usage 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 equipment€”in 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 center€”such as lighting, cooling, etc.€”falls into the category of facility power usage.

€œA 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. €œIBM€™s 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 India€™s environmental efficiency regulations.€

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.

€œWhat we€™re seeing in India with Tulip is what we€™re seeing across all the growth markets,€ Sams told eWEEK. €œThere 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.€

Sams said the plans for the Tulip data center came together €œamazingly 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 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.

€œWe have around 70,000 to 80,000 employees in India, and we€™re the largest systems integrator supporting Indian companies,€ Sams said.

A video of the Tulip Telecom data center can be found here.