Data centre capacity to grow two times 1,000 MW by 2024-25: CBRE

New Delhi: The capacity of date centers in India will grow two times from the current 500 MW to 1,000 MW by fiscal 2024-25. Even in 2020, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad and Bengaluru will see about 40 percent capacity addition in 2020 itself, according to a report by CBRE.

Currently, Mumbai has the highest share in the current data centre capacity in India. It has 41 percent share, followed by Bengaluru with 17 percent and Delhi 16 percent.

The demand for data centers will rise in India due to widening customer base and more requirements from corporate for data storage.

Global investors are expected to continue to take interest in investing in India. With the corona virus outbreak, corporates will now be even more interested in setting up cloud and hybrid IT infrastructure as the business operations will shift online. Even the employees of various companies may be required to continue to work from home.

The occupiers’ demand for co-location space instead of captive data centers is expected to happen. This will further increase categorization of third-party data centres as ‘Essential Services” as uninterrupted operations are expected even amid a pandemic situation. 

There will be edge data centres in cities like Jaipur, Kochi, Pune and Gurugram in the coming few years as they can service their regions better. 

“Technology and automation would provide significant opportunities in terms of how data center operations evolve as we move forward in the next 3-5 years,” said Ram Chandnani, Managing Director, Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd.