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CtrlS Datacenters started in 2007 as India’s first Tier-4 data center, providing co-location services for mission-critical applications such as telecom, e-commerce, banking and real-time transactions requiring 100% uptime. Today it is trusted by a who’s who of the corporate world – Exxon Mobil, Bank of America, Disney, Panasonic, Chrysler, SAP, BSE, NSE, SBI, just to name a few. “Our top priority is to ensure that we provide our customers with 100% uptime,” said Sridhar Pinnapureddy, founder and CEO of CtrlS Datacenters, in an interview with Sudhir Chowdhary.

How does the company view the Indian data center market today?
India’s data center industry is poised to cross the $5 billion mark in the coming years and would require approximately 250 to 500 hyperscale data centers spread across metros, combined with 5,000 to 10,000 edge data centers in tier 2 & 3 cities , in the next 5 to 10 years, making India the largest data center hub. While the industry’s footprint is about 7 million square feet right now, I believe it will exceed 20 million square feet in the near future. The proposed bill for the protection of personal data (PDP) will contribute to this growth.

What are your top priorities?
Our top priority is to ensure that we provide our customers with 100% uptime and ensure that their business runs uninterrupted. Our second priority is a focus on sustainability, working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We are building India’s largest solar park spanning over 500 hectares as part of our Phase 1 plan to reduce our carbon footprint. All of our 10 rating-4 data centers located across Mumbai, Noida, Bangalore and Hyderabad are LEED Platinum Certified Green Data Centers by USGBC.

Finally, we are expanding our footprint to approximately 6-8 mn sq ft (both hyperscale and edge data centers). We are building approximately 5 million square feet of rating-4 hyperscale data centers in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata, while dividing the edge data centers across tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

Today’s businesses are interested in the minimum capex/opex and maximum ROI model. How can CtrlS Datacenters help with this?
The key to a company’s success today is the availability of services. Can you imagine an ecommerce site experiencing more than 20 minutes of downtime? A high price will have to be paid for this.

Once that criterion is met, the next problem is the capex/opex option. Several companies will opt for capex, while others will prefer elastic technology infrastructure. At CtrlS we support entities through both the approaches, capex and opex.

What kind of cloud services do you offer?
At CtrlS, we provide private cloud for businesses because it offers them a balance between cost and scalability. For businesses that need security compliance or compliance with data sovereignty guidelines, private cloud is an appropriate choice.

How does CtrlS Datacenters differentiate itself?
We are the only 4 rating data center in India that follows TIA-942 guidelines and is certified after their rigorous audits. We offer the industry’s best uptime SLA of 99.995% and the industry’s lowest PUE of 1.35. We have had no downtime since our inception and that sets us apart from the rest.

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