IBM, Tulip partner on India's largest datacenter

Summary:On Tuesday, IBM revealed a partnership with Indian Internet service provider Tulip Telecom to design and build the largest datacenter in India.

On Tuesday, IBM revealed a partnership with Indian Internet service provider Tulip Telecom to design and build the largest datacenter in India -- nay, all of Asia.

The datacenter -- the world's third largest, believe it or not -- spans more than 900,000 square feet and is comprised of 20 modular datacenters in a four-tower building. It supports up to 100 megawatts of electricity.

It's "designed to international green building standards" -- though which, it's not clear. It will be named "Tulip Data City" and will be located in Bangalore.

Specs for the datacenter geeks among us:

  • Meets Tier-3 specifications, per TIA-942 standards
  • Utility power from 66 KV substation feeding 40 MVA power with 100% backup
  • Carrier-neutral facility with multiple ISPs
  • Contiguous isolated rack space of 10,000 sq. ft. per module
  • High energy efficiency -- PUE ~1.9
  • 80,000 sq. ft. of customer office space
  • Man-out building automation system

Given the latest path that digital infrastructure is taking, the facility will be dedicated to cloud and networking services. Scale is the name of the game here, and the facility is constructed with expansion in mind as Tulip's business expands. (Indian adoption of mobile technology is, unsurprisingly, increasing rapidly.)

The company's data network reaches more than 2,000 locations in India and it has 1,800 enterprise customers on hand.

"Our goal is to be the largest data connectivity and managed services provider," said Tulip managing director Hardeep Singh Bedi. "To succeed, we needed a modernized data center that could support both business and operational requirements."

This post originally appeared on SmartPlanet's Smart Takes blog.

Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware, IBM


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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