Future of Data Center in India and Role of Indian Government in Securing them

By Kunal Wason, Technical Product Manager- Security TechnoBind

Data is growing at an exponential rate in the modern borderless world. Over 2.5 Quintilian bytes of data are generated every day across the globe. India alone is set to produce 2.3 million petabytes of digital data by the year 2020, and it is growing at a rate that’s much faster than the world average. A recent report by JLL found that India’s colocation data center market size is expected to reach $4bn in market size by 2025, registering a CAGR of 21%.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies are finding it difficult to manage their in-house data center as it requires a lot of resources to keep them functioning properly across the clock as IT staffs have to monitor many perimeters like lightning protection, wiring, fire control, UPSs, and airflow management together to ensure physical security for data storage. As we are moving forward in this post-pandemic scenario companies can overcome these challenges in either two ways; Adoption of cloud (Public/Hybrid) or Micro Data Centres.

Hybrid cloud combines public cloud and private cloud into a seamlessly blended infrastructure. Adding traditional IT into the mix results in a full hybrid IT model that allows companies to take advantage of the public cloud pricing, the general flexibility of cloud computing, and the security of dedicated hardware.

Secondly with Micro Data Centres; With edge computing, IT infrastructure can locate either on-premise or at locations near to end-users. Designed to complement existing public cloud or colocation deployments. We all know that enterprises are going for the cloud, but the data center could become decentralized with micro data centers. Microdata centers have a smaller footprint than conventional data centers, cost less, and suffer less latency and many vendors like SuperMicro, Dell, etc. have come out with the solution of, fast deployment in edge environments.

The rising demand for pre-integrated, physically secure, and remotely monitored containerized data center solutions is pushing out traditional data centers – Gartner estimates that 80% of enterprises will move on from data centers by 2025, a market gap that will be filled by innovative industry players in the microdata center market growth is concerned.

Clubbing these infrastructure changes with the upcoming Government of India’s Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPB), enterprises have to be sure that they will be complying with this new set of regulations that is due to come in 2022. The upcoming bill will regulate the storage, processing, usage of Personally identifiable information (PII) of Indian Citizens for bodies that store or process this information which will include several parameters like storage of data on the Indian Continent and just like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there will be strict actions against any non-compliance towards the Personal Data Protection Bill.

So moving forward enterprise can work in a way of storing their confidential data in-house in their Data Centres and migrating their internal processes like Email, ERP, CRM, Backup, etc. to cloud-based SaaS providers which can cater to their business needs like Druva, Quest, Micro Focus, Carbonite, LogMeIn that offers solutions which can help customer adopt cloud easily so that companies can focus their attention on supporting their business-critical processes and not in managing their IT infrastructure.


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