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Colt DCS to launch new hyperscale data centre in Chennai by 2027
Thu, 14th Mar 2024

Global data centre solutions provider Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) is set to charge ahead with a new hyperscale data centre in Chennai, India, marking its 18th globally. This second site in India evidences its ongoing expansion in the Asia-Pacific region and is expected to be completed by 2027.

Colt DCS recently acquired a new 10-acre plot in the bustling digital hub of Ambattur in Chennai, the nation's fifth-largest city by GDP and population. Chennai boasts the country's highest network speeds and serves as a major landing station for fibre networks, forging a direct connection between India and the rest of the world.

Against the backdrop of Chennai's objective to become a USD $1 trillion economy by 2030, Colt DCS's proposition is set to lend crucial IT power, security, and accessibility to businesses gearing up to scale their operations.

The new site is intended to boost Colt DCS's engagement in India. Following the completion of phase one and the first customer in its Mumbai data centre, the new data centre aims to provide infrastructure capacity for the rapid digitalisation of industry, mass cloud adoption, and emerging technology such as AI. The new site is committed to delivering a minimum of 70 MW of IT capacity.

Richard Wellbrock, Chief Commercial Officer at Colt DCS, remarked: "India's digitisation efforts are accelerating, driving continued economic development. We view the Indian data centre market as a significant opportunity for growth and remain dedicated to supporting its development. The establishment of our new site in Chennai doubles our commitment to this market, enabling us to better facilitate the expansion of our customers into this thriving region."

Capitalising on India's flourishing digital market, Colt DCS's creation of a large-scale data centre in Chennai lays the foundation for multinational organisations intending to penetrate this competitive region. With a sound local track record in building large-scale data centres, the site is in a favourable position to meet the growing demand for data centres in the country.

Anticipating a surge in demand for data centres due to increased digitisation, AI adoption, and cloud services in India, Pratap Mane, Country Head India at Colt DCS, expressed that "Chennai has always been a strategically important location for us for our expansion plans in India, due to the presence of multiple cable landing stations and large enterprise businesses. The Tamil Nadu State Government on its part has been very proactive and is keen to develop Chennai as the number one destination for data centres in India."

In line with Colt DCS's environmental commitment, the new data centre is being developed in collaboration with local contractors and supply chains. This effort aims to diminish the environmental impact of the scope 3 emissions and stimulate the economy of the surrounding area.