HDFC Bank awards Rs1,400 crore outsourced data centre facility to Reliance Comm

08 Sep 2011

Reliance Communications (RCom), India's second largest telecom service provider by subscribers, has won a Rs 1,400-crore deal to build and maintain a data centre for HDFC Bank. The contract is for a 15-year period.
 ''The enterprise environment is changing from large footprint, low power consumption computing equipment to high computing, high power consuming equipment with small foot print. This facility will be the CEO Punit Garg.
The Anil Ambani group firm is proposing to build a new facility of over 350,000 square feet of space. The first phase of 100,000 square feet will be ready in 12 months, while the complete data centre would be ready in 24 months, it said in a statement.
RCom, has over 550,000 square feet of data centre space, making it one of the largest players in the sector, and the new addition will solidify its position in the industry.
This will also become the new cloud computing centre, since the cloud computing market is expected to grow to Rs7,000 crore in India by 2015, it added.
The data centre would leverage latest technology, providing near 100 -per cent uptime and world class performance management, it said.
It will house equipment possessing highest computing power in the industry in India today. This will require special engineering expertise to manage and minimize the consumption of power, which would be almost three times the industry practice.
''Reliance currently has 21 data centres spread across the globe, nine of which are in India. We have been adding practically one facility in India, every year. We see a growing opportunity in this area and hence have embarked upon creating this large facility. With our strength in data centres and connectivity services, Reliance is now ready to serve customers' growing demand for pay-as-you-use for infrastructure, platform and software-as-services,'' Garg added.
The third party data center market is growing exponentially in India with more and more enterprises interested in outsourcing their data centre infrastructure to specialist service providers.
On Monday, The Economic Times reported RCom was merging its three business divisions, a move that will make about 10 percent of its 7,000 executives redundant and result in redeployment of another 2,000 employees to 'field functions'. [LINK}
The telco will collapse its existing business units that are carved out geographically – North, South and East – into a single entity reporting to a chief operating officer, who will be recruited from outside by month-end.

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