Colt Data Centre Services on Thursday announced the launch of a 120-megawatt facility in Navi Mumbai as the British company’s first project in India.
Occupying 15 acres (6.1 hectares) of land, the data centre will be built to Tier 3 standards, which require redundant and dual-powered servers, network links and other components. According to Colt, the project’s flexible and scalable design will meet the demands of emerging technologies such as generative AI, machine learning and other computer-intensive cloud applications that depend on high-power-density solutions with efficient cooling.
Colt DCS CEO Niclas Sanfridsson said the company’s entry into the Indian market reaffirms Colt’s commitment to become the leading customer-centric data centre operator in the industry
“Our innovative and sustainable approach, coupled with our dedication to safety and reliability, positions Colt DCS as the partner of choice for hyperscale cloud service providers and enterprises expanding their reach in India,” Sanfridsson said in a release. “Our strategic expansion is only set to continue with new sites expected across the country as we look to provide high quality data centre services.”
Security and Sustainability
India’s demand for data centre capacity will reach 1.4 gigawatts by 2025, according to advisory estimates cited by Colt, with Navi Mumbai accounting for 50 percent of capacity at present.
The Navi Mumbai data centre promises multi-layered security with a combination of hardened physical parameters, access control and 24/7 surveillance. The project was recently awarded a Platinum rating by the India Green Building Council, aligning with Colt’s sustainability goals.
The first phase of the facility has commenced with 22MW and an available capacity of 18MW of IT power capacity, said Pratap Mane, country head of India at Colt DCS.
“Further, we have aggressive plans to expand into major cities across India to cater to growing market demand,” Mane said.
Advancing in Japan
Elsewhere in Asia, Colt in March announced the opening of a 45MW Osaka data centre developed under a deal with its parent firm, US-based Fidelity Investments, along with Japanese giant Mitsui and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
The carrier-neutral facility in Keihanna Science City provides 42,000 square metres (452,084 square feet) of floor space.
In April, Colt announced that construction had begun on its fourth major data centre in Inzai City northeast of Tokyo. In all, the company has eight data centre projects in Japan, three in Britain, two in Germany and one each in France and the Netherlands.