Amit Agrawal interview

Digital will soon become a lifestyle choice

To what extent can edge datacentres impact latencies and various operational aspects?

Edge computing is thought to be the future of computing according to Gartner. Datacentre and inter-connectivity of the edge are becoming important as the rate of growth is increasing. Edge DC is efficient in meeting the needs of applications in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the Internet of Things, and Augmented and Virtual Reality. In addition, small Edge datacentres benefit from the fact that Edge servers exist that can run at elevated temperatures.

Digital will soon become a lifestyle choice, thanks to the burgeoning Indian millennial population. Due to high bandwidth and transmission demands, DCs will need to be ready to deal with changing latency and workloads. Latency becomes a significant factor as the majority of businesses are migrating their critical data to the cloud. Datacentres need to incorporate hybrid computing architectures. Web Werks is geared to capitalize on hyper-scale and the edge with a strategy that seeks to extend its interconnection advantage. Web Werks offers a network-dense Interconnection Ecosystem comprising all major Telcos, 180+ ISPs, and three major Internet Exchanges in India – NIXI, De-CIX, and Extreme IX – large CDNs and OTT providers.

Enterprises can achieve application performance and user experience by deploying direct, private connections at the DCs. Businesses connect to their customers, employees and partners inside the datacentres offering an interconnection ecosystem.

With governments and companies collaborating to enhance data infrastructure, the datacentre capacity will jump from the existing 700 MW to 3 GW in 3-4 years.

What about India’s data capacity vis-à-vis the massive adoption of digital technologies across levels?

India’s data capacity and infrastructure are expanding due to increased digital adoption. Meeting rising demand driven by online services, smartphones, and Internet usage typically entails investments in datacentres, network equipment, and connectivity. The necessary scale of increase varies based on factors like population growth and technology advancements. With governments and companies collaborating to enhance data infrastructure, the current datacentre capacity of 700 MW will increase to 3 GW in the next 3-4 years.

And how is the cost of real estate influencing the migration of datacentres to tier-II markets?

Real estate costs are a significant factor in the decision to move datacentres to tier-II markets, which are smaller cities with lower real estate expenses compared to major urban centres. This shift can help companies save on construction and operational costs, as high real estate prices in larger cities can inflate overall expenses. However, the decision also depends on factors such as power availability, connectivity, customer proximity, regulations, and infrastructure.

Datacentres require talent in a variety of commercial disciplines, including technology, infrastructure, operations,  and marketing.

What employment opportunities could these facilities potentially generate?

Leaders are now teaching recruiters to look outside the typical prospects so that the hiring hierarchy doesn’t have to be constantly reorganised. Datacentres require talent in a variety of commercial disciplines, including technology, infrastructure, operations, and marketing. This in turn generates fulfilling employment and chances to learn from other sectors, which may eventually converge. This includes positions like datacentre operations managers, network engineers, computer systems engineers, datacentre electrical specialists, mechanical engineers and more. But companies will also need to hire for non-tech roles to fill customer-facing and ancillary positions.

Amit Agrawal

Chief Business Officer, Web Werks-Iron Mountain

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