Adani Enterprises, the flagship company of the Adani Group, one of India’s largest multi-infrastructure organizations, and EdgeConneX, a leading global data centre operator with 50 facilities in 30 markets around the world, have announced a 50:50 joint venture to develop and operate data centres throughout India.
Both organizations say they are committed to investing significant capital into the joint venture over the next decade to build out India’s leading green data centre platform.
In addition to full scale data centres, AdaniConneX, as the joint venture is known, will also develop a portfolio of edge data centres strategically located throughout India; these will support the need for more proximate capacity.
These edge sites are designed and planned to scale with demand and become full-scale data centre campuses. This pan-Indian platform of hyperscale and hyperlocal centres will largely be powered by renewable energy.
EdgeConneX says it brings extensive data centre expertise and industry-leading technology solutions to the venture, while the partnership will also leverage Adani’s expertise in full-stack energy management, renewable power and real estate development, as well as its experience in building and managing large infrastructure projects throughout India.
The AdaniConneX joint venture will focus on building a network of hyperscale data centres in India, starting with the Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad markets. Development and construction at these sites have already begun.
Indian press reports suggests that per capita data consumption in the country is expected to hit 25GB/month by 2025, while the total data traffic in the country is likely to touch 21EB (exabytes) per month.
Not surprisingly data centre construction activity is growing too. The country houses 126 third-party data centres (colocation or hyperscale) spanning over 7.5 million square feet (including many major investments in this year alone), and a cumulative IT power capacity of over 590 MW.