New law could help India increase data center capacity: Intel

Last week, semiconductor giant Intel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with contract manufacturer VVDN Technologies based in Gurugram. This deal will see Intel supply its designs and reference chips to VVDN for domestic production of 5G radios for the telecommunications sector, connected sensors for the manufacturing sector, cameras for the telecommunications sector. According to Santhosh Viswanathan, managing director, sales and marketing at Intel India, this is an early indication of the potential India holds in the enterprise segment for suppliers. technology level like Intel.

“Building data center capacity in India is an important aspect of our enterprise business that we have to start thinking about. There are 800 million people in India who are using the Internet and this leads to a huge amount of data being generated from all over the market. However, India still has less than 2% of the world’s data center capacity. Viswanathan, who succeeded Prakash Mallya in January, said this was a huge opportunity.

The demand for data centers is growing in India. According to a September 27 report by commercial real estate company JLL India, the increasing use of data in financial services, entertainment and retail sectors, coupled with an increase in the number of cloud service provider, is expected to increase India’s actual data center capacity to 1318MW (megawatt) by 2024.

According to Viswanathan, the growth of this capacity could be key for India to play a more important business role for companies like Intel – and adopting the right policies in this regard can key.

“Some legislative efforts, such as the Data Protection Bill, will help build demand for data localization. This creates a huge opportunity for data center growth and for India to grow to greater than 2% of the world’s capacity,” he said.

India withdrew the Data Protection Bill in August and is planning to introduce new legislation soon. The new law is expected to provide an overview of regulating the use of technology in India, including how data can be localized in the country.

Viswanathan also said that India already has “huge volume” of data, a key indicator for the rising demand of the data center sector. This puts India in an advantageous position compared to other countries with larger data center capacity, but lower data density.

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