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Greater Noida hosts the opening of the first data centre in north India by CM Yogi

He also gave investors his word that the state would do everything in its power to protect their money and keep it secure

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, stated on October 31 that the state is close to becoming a national centre for data centres and that it has met its goal of luring investments totaling Rs 20,000 crore and receiving proposals for 600 megawatts of data centres within a year of announcing the state’s data centre policy.

He also gave investors his word that the state would do everything in its power to protect their money and keep it secure.

He claimed that businesses including Adani, WebWerks, Sify, STT, and NTT have also sent in their investment offers, which are now being considered.

“Uttar Pradesh is on the verge of becoming the country’s data centre hub. Under the data centre policy announced by the state last year, the government had envisaged setting up of 250 mega watt data centres with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore within six years in the state. We have managed to accomplish that target within a year. We have met the target of Rs 20,000 crore worth of investments and received proposals of 600 mega watt data centres so far,” the chief minister said at the launch of the hyperscale data centre, Yotta D1, in Greater Noida developed by the Yotta Infrastructure, an arm of the Hiranandani Group.

Adityanath added that the nation’s total data centre capacity at the time Uttar Pradesh developed its policy was 400 MW.

With the opening of the Greater Noida facility, Yotta also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government to spend Rs 39,000 crore gradually over a five- to seven-year period. The funds will be used by Yotta and its clients to build the campus for the data centre as well as to buy hardware and other items.

“I am delighted that North India’s first hyperscale data centre – YOTTA D1 – was launched in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, which is also fast becoming a hub for data centres. I also congratulate YOTTA on the commitment to invest Rs 39,000 crore with the UP government. It is heartening to see an Indian company invest in the cutting-edge data centre industry and further the Prime Minister’s Digital India vision. With YOTTA’s D1 launch, we are one step closer to bridging the gap in data consumption and data services in India, and I assure the YOTTA team that the UP government will provide all possible support required in the building and operationalisation of the next two buildings – D2 and D3 – in the YOTTA Data Centre park,” the chief minister said.

Adityanath and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, officially opened the facility.

Additionally, the launch event included the laying of the cornerstones for the upcoming Yotta D2 and D3 data centre buildings.

With this investment, Yotta and its clients will build the campus for the data centre and purchase hardware, IT hardware, and other items. The MoU was signed by Akshay Tripathi, IAS, MD of UP Electronics Corporation Limited, Ritu Maheshwari, IAS, CEO of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, and Arvind Kumar, IAS, IIDC and ACS, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UPLC).

Yotta Infrastructure, a company of the Hiranandani Group, said that it will spend Rs 39,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh over the next 5-7 years. With six interconnected buildings and a capacity of 30,000 racks that can be powered by more than 250 MW of power, this is the first data centre park in the area. The park is expected to cost Rs 7,000 crore. According to Niranjan Hiranandani, MD and Co-Founder of the Hiranandani Group, the project is also anticipated to provide both direct and indirect employment.

Yotta D1, the first of six data centre buildings in the Greater Noida Data Center Park, was constructed and brought operational in a record 20 months with an investment of almost Rs 1,500 crore.

In Greater Noida, Yotta Infrastructure is constructing three data centres. After the government gave the corporation the property in 2020, construction on the 20-acre data centre began in January 2021. Yotta D1 would receive an additional investment of Rs 5,000 crore in IT hardware once it is fully operational.

The National Capital Region of India’s National Capital Region’s digital economy is given a boost by Yotta D1, a component of the Yotta Greater Noida Data Center Park, which is strategically situated close to the region’s major commercial centres.

The data centre has a 3,00,000 square foot footprint across ground plus seven levels and a 28.8 MW IT load capacity. Yotta D1 features fail-safe, 48-hour power backup and can accommodate 5000 racks across seven server floors.

The Yotta Greater Noida Data Center Park, which spans 20 acres, will provide 30,000 racks of capacity overall, four dedicated fibre routes, and 160 MW of IT power.

“India is poised to create up to $1 trillion of economic value from the digital economy by 2025, and North India is already a preferred destination for Fortune 500 companies. Recognising the region’s potential and underserved data centre demand, Yotta has made continued investments in setting up the Greater Noida Data Center Park, laying a robust foundation for the Digital India growth story. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has taken many progressive initiatives, including Uttar Pradesh’s dedicated data centre policy, to propel the state’s economic growth,” said Darshan Hiranandani, co-founder and chairman, Yotta Infrastructure.

Yotta D1 will improve the region’s road map for digitalization. We are investing an additional Rs 30,000 crore in our pan-India investment plans because we believe that the infrastructural development in India has the potential to lead to the creation of high-quality data centres. By constructing top-notch data centres and assisting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of making India a $1 trillion digital economy by 2025, Yotta is still dedicated to doing its part in the Digital India mission, he said.

“We will see an investment of Rs 39,000 crore in and around this campus. The first building has already been completed… We have started work for two other buildings which will be completed in 12-15 months. We will put up one building every 18 months,” Hirandani said.

The committed investment includes the investment made for Yotta D1.

“Each data centre will cost Rs 6,500 crore. The committed investment is for six data centres. We have already started work for D2 and DE which shall be ready in 12-15 months,” Yotta Infrastructure Co-Founder and CEO, Sunil Gupta said.

“Serving as North India’s gateway to the Digital World, Yotta D1 will cater to the full spectrum of digital transformation needs with an elaborate portfolio of solutions that include data centre colocation services, network and connectivity, internet peering, public and hybrid multi-cloud services, professionally managed IT services, IT security and smart cybersecurity, and a host of application modernisation and cloud-enabled services.”

Gupta further claimed that Yotta had partnered with state-run telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), under which the latter will use its nationwide infrastructure and property to put up edge data centre facilities across 56 locations. Seven of these institutions are already under construction, he claimed.

Bangladesh is the company’s first destination as it expands to foreign nations. Additionally, it intends to build data centres throughout West Asia and South East Asia.

We have already purchased land in Kolkata, India, for the East, where construction on a hyperscale plant will start soon, according to Gupta.

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