Data Center Thought Leaders Forum


To ensure that India is at the forefront of improving the quality and resilience of data center infrastructure, Express Computer has partnered with global data center leader, NTT, and has Hosted a Data Center Thought Leaders Forum, focused primarily on discussing and sharing best practices and insights. on how Indian companies can raise the bar to improve their availability and performance by leveraging emerging technologies, frameworks and best practices.

The conference took place on the evening of August 11 at ITC Grand Maratha (Andheri) and saw the full participation of industry experts.

The session was opened with a speech by Shekhar Sharma, CEO, NTT Com India PVT LTD. Addressing the gathering with a warm welcome, Shekhar acknowledged NTT’s “remarkable journey of more than a century” from the telegraph era to telecommunications; he shared his expertise on various issues such as data center connectivity, the evolution of the Indian data center industry, the growth of the internet economy and the growing shift from data center to cloud. Talking about the future prospects envisaged by NTT, he also shared NTT’s goal to double capacity almost every 2 years and serve at least 30% of the market by 2027.

India’s Leading Full Service Provider

Quoting the statistics, Shekhar proudly announced, “NTT Ltd., the 120-year-old company currently has a total revenue of $10.4 billion, with 5,000 targeted customers, PAN-India service delivery, 12 data centers and 48,000 people worldwide; NTT is present in 200 countries”. He also mentioned that NTT invests globally to meet local needs.

Explosive Growth of the Internet Economy

During his presentation, he highlighted the explosive growth of the internet economy: “Digital payments have grown at a CAGR of 55% over the past 5 years. India is currently the fastest growing OTT market in the world. Festive sales on E-com platforms increased from $5 billion in 2019 to $8.3 billion in 2020.”

Shekhar further discussed NTT’s future growth plan, “We are working to double capacity today almost every 2-2.5 years, and our goal is to meet at least 30% of the market supply. with best-in-class data centers, regardless of location or scale. Our goal is to continue innovating with our ambitious goal of achieving net zero operations by 2030 in mind. »

The History of the Data Center: Present and Future

After a descriptive presentation, an insightful panel discussion highlighting “the role of data centers and their growth in the age of digital transformation” was discussed among leading cloud providers. The discussion was well moderated by Matt Gyde, Director of Marketing and Demand Generation, NTT. Panelists included Sudhir Kakkar, VP Reliance Jio, Neilmani Sahu, Head IT, JSW Paint, Vimal Kaw, AVP – Product & Services (Colocation), NTT.

When asked about the data center market trends, Sudhir Kakkar, Vice President of Reliance Jio, from a market perspective, said “Cloud adoption over the past few years, PM Modi’s digitization drive and the way telecom operators adopt the infrastructure, all lead to a complete change in India’s digital economy”. Citing the example of the pandemic, he said: “cloud adoption, 5g network acquisition and machine-to-machine learning, the number of data centers will triple by 2025, the next 10 years seem be good for India from CAGR and telecom point of view.

In line with Sudhir’s view, fellow panelist Neilmani Sahu, Head IT, JSW Paint asked for his opinion by walking the audience through the memory lane from the floppy disk desk to the edge. According to him, digital transformation has a few levels attached to it – people, process, technology and data that drive data-driven transformation. He shared, “The coming trends like IoT, connect ecosystem, data center explosion would happen and to manage these exposure data centers are necessary. Marriage between Datacenter and 5g will lead to the next revolution and will open up many opportunities.

Sharing his perspective from a sales perspective, Vimal, AVP – Product & Services (Colocation), NTT shared that he sees the periphery as the retail overflow activity that comes from Tier 1 cities like Mumbai and Chennai. Asked about the future of hyperscalers in India, Vimal replied, “At the beginning of 2011-2012, India was not ready for hyperscalers, but today with rapid digitization and better technology available, the volume increases. He added: “If we are able to manage the costs, to cope with the technology on time, India will see immense growth in terms of data centers”

Following the thoughtful discussion, Anindya Das, Associate Vice President, Product Engineering and Innovation, NTT; took over the stage and talked about “Connected Data Centers of the Future”, he started by introducing NTT-Communication as the hero of NTT as a whole. He proudly said that as a team “we have built many data centers around the world, ranging from North American countries to Europe and Asian part of the world, and NTT has been the first to launch VAN services. In addition, he also discussed the Indian network services portfolio managed by NTT globally, the value proposition of connecting to the cloud, the MIST cable system and the data center interconnection services which enable the provision of bandwidth connectivity between any NTT DC in India.

He concluded his presentation by highlighting NTT’s cloud connection services which provide dedicated, secure and pre-provisioned connectivity to all major public cloud providers like Azure, AWS and GCP to ensure faster delivery and network performance. strict.

The final hour was marked by a lively discussion between the audience and key speakers, followed by a special acceptance speech from Prasenjit Roy, Head of Business and Digital Transformation, NTT.

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