National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, is getting ready to launch its own Smart Data Centre in Chennai. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu laid the foundation stone of Smart Data Centre that would be recognised as the first TIER IV Data Centre in Chennai. NPCI has engaged Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as its turnkey contractor for building the Smart Data Centre.
As the demand for data centre is expected to go up in the coming days many companies have shown interest in exploiting this opportunity (see https://sawdust.online/spotlight/data-centre-architecture-is-a-virgin-field-for-architects/). The Finance Minister, Nirmal Sitharaman, had told in her Budget speech that the government was planning to bring out soon a policy to enable private sector to build Data Centre parks throughout the country. This will enable the firms (mainly in private sector) to skilfully incorporate data in every step of their value chains.
NPCI is building its own Smart Data Centre to house the National critical set-up with highly secured infrastructure. The Smart Data Centre will host major services under the DIGITAL INDIA initiatives. It will be located in SIPCOT Information Technology Park, Siruseri.
The Smart Data Centre would have a modular design for higher sustainability. It is going to be environment friendly with the adoption of green building features, rain water harvesting and solar panels. The Smart Data Centre is being built with an IoT based building management system that will have 8 layers of security system.
Meanwhile, Hiranandani Group has announced that their first data centre – Yotta NM1 – located in their Panvel Datacenter Park – has been awarded the highest certification for data centre design – the Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification of Design Documents Certification (TCDD). At 8.2 lakh square feet, 7200 racks and 50 MW power, Yotta NM1 has achieved the rare distinction of being among the largest data centres in the world and the largest in Asia, with this certification.