By Deepak Singh Thakur, Delta India
“The government’s policy towards data localization has encouraged growth for hyperscale data centres, which can offer great support in the rising data consumption. Companies are expected to increase their spending towards cloud systems in the coming year.”
Taiwan’s Delta Electronics has emerged as one of the leading data centre UPS systems & solutions providers in India. In an interaction with Digital Edge, Deepak Singh Thakur, Head of Business India & SAARC, UPS I Data Center Solutions I Critical Cooling I APFC Communication & Information Solutions Business Unit | ICTBG Delta Electronics India Pvt Ltd., talks about the evolving technologies in the power conditioning arena, and the ways his company intends to address the market with its sophisticated UPS systems powering the next generation data centres and IT infrastructure. Excerpts!
What are your views on the Union Budget 2021-22?
The recent budget 2021-22 has showcased the government’s vision towards strengthening the digital infrastructure of India. The upcoming Census of India – for which Rs 3,768 Crore has been allocated – can be India’s first digital census, where data will be collected through mobile app. Further, the budget also proposed to earmark Rs 1,500 Crore scheme to boost the digital payments that took of significantly during the impact of coronavirus in India.
These moves will encourage the development and integration of innovative technologies that can support the smooth execution and exchange of data which will require a resilient ecosystem where data centre infrastructure will play a vital role. India is among the key emerging market, where the demand for data centre solutions is rising to support the increasing demand of companies towards digital-first business with a move towards cloud-driven solutions to support multiple needs.
As per report, the data centre market will grow at a CAGR of 8 percent during the period of 2018-2024. The increasing penetration of the internet, smartphones, social media, and digital payment services will propel the demand for cloud services. These factors will encourage more players to drive investments in the data centre market where, as per another report, in next three years, India will witness an expansion of additional 28 hyper scale data centres.
What is your take on governmental provision around data localization?
The government’s policy towards data localization has encouraged growth for hyperscale data centres, which can offer great support in the rising data consumption. The companies are expected to increase their spending towards cloud systems in the coming year, which will also require a robust data centre infrastructure to support this rise. Further, the evolving IT infrastructure in the country is expected to understand the growing customers in financial services, manufacturing, and public sectors as well supporting the new emerging markets such as the education sector, which is currently witnessing a rise in the large volumes of online streaming contents and other services.
Technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), industrial automation solutions and IoT- enabled solutions have been gaining traction and offer great help to industry as we lead to restoring the new normal. Thus, to meet the rising demand, companies need progressive technologies that can help them with such data storage. This data will be very precious for businesses and they would want to store, compute and analyze it to make strategic business decisions.
How do you look at the future of hyperscale data centres in the country?
In the coming years, the industry would see a growth in edge and hyperscale data centres –driven by IoT and digitalization. Hyperscale data centre offers the advantage that they can cater to the huge domestic data demand creating operations efficiencies that will pass the cost benefits to the customers.
Data centre Infrastructure is becoming a significant alternative for the real estate assets, and further, with the development of largescale hyper scale the properties, which were underlying are becoming more valuable. This leads to a new challenge to meet the infrastructure demand for both edge and hyperscale data centres.
Speed of deployment would be key and existing data center service providers will need to invest in new infrastructure and quickly upgrade existing data centres to meet higher power demands. With most data centre infrastructure for hyperscale providers still needs Tier-II cities for better connectivity, space is also a premium investment. The choices with data centre providers will be to devise a strategy to identify technology partners who can support on both edge and hyperscale infrastructures.
They’ll have to plan their future expansion green-field projects and fast track with standardization of designs. This is also a time-consuming investment and business demands will also ensure that alternate methods to meet the resilient data center power demands in existing data centres within the space challenge available. Also, demand for containerized and pre-fabricated standardized designs will be needed to cut down the time significantly.
What are the power conditioning solutions, which Delta Electronics offers in India?
Delta Electronics’ one-stop solution of prefabricated data centre is fully in-house designed, configured and pre-tested with Delta’s engineering excellence. Delta’s expert consulting team ensures designing and building an uptime tier-ready data center and obtaining TCDD and TCCF certification. High agility and quick deployment helps our customers in pay-as-you-go, to meet fast-growing business requirements with standard building blocks.
Superior flexibility and adaptability helps in smart architecture that is applicable to either cold or hot aisle containment. Delta’s in-built DCIM solution fully integrates environment monitoring, IP camera, door access control, motion sensor, fire suppression and more helps in comprehensive management.
With Delta’s 50 years of experience in power electronics and R&D investment, we’ve the highest density UPS solutions cutting down space requirements by 50 percent. This can help customers retrofit existing aging facilities to be high density ready in a short time. Also, the greenfield projects will have more space available for the revenue generating racks as lesser space would require for UPS rooms.
Delta also offers pre-fabricated UPS power solutions, UPS power containers, containerized data halls, edge data centre solutions besides the conventional UPSs. In line with this future trend Delta is happy to launch the ‘world’s highest power density UPS’ DPS Gen 2 in ratings 1 & 1.2 MW after successfully launching up to 600kW UPS of the same series last year. This is feature rich high density UPS, which will help meet the best reliability, efficiency and the smallest footprint.
Delta’s core competence in high-efficiency power electronics and expertise in the integration of energy-saving solutions have also been demonstrated in the green data centre segment. Moreover, Delta’s own eco-friendly data centre at its R&D center facility in China became the world’s first to receive the LEED v4 ID+C gold certification in 2018, while its Taipei-based data centre obtained a LEED Platinum green data centre in 2019.
About the Author (Guest Contributor)
I lead the profitable growth of the CIS BU in India and SAARC countries, with over 21 years of customer engagement for critical physical infrastructure design build. I’ve got a strong drive to create new solutions that deliver business value, customer success, by innovative professional services and integrated technology solutions, to address customer needs. Besides work, photography and reading management books on sales keep me occupied.