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Localized Computing Capability Demands Edge Datacenters

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The internet revolution has pushed the IT infrastructure to the edge. Today the line between digital and physical business is getting blurred, fueling unprecedented data consumption. The sheer scale and growing magnitude of data is fueling the need for exponential computing power almost real-time. And this need is better served with localized computing competency. This is what is defined as edge computing – solutions that facilitate data processing at or near the source of data generation.

The demand for localized computing is prompting many organizations to move IT infrastructure to specifically designed edge datacenters nearer to end-users. Edge datacenter complement existing public cloud or colocation deployments and add speed, agility and easy scalability with distributed infrastructure. Currently only 10% enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud but by 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%.

Edge datacenters are defined by their ability to support high bandwidth applications, quick or real-time response requirements and latency-sensitive platforms. Here are three reasons why content heavy platforms and IoT led enterprises are increasingly warming up to edge datacenters:

Edge on Technology
Advanced IoT, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and increasing use cases on Artificial Intelligence across businesses are putting pressure on computing capabilities. These new age technologies are largely user driven and require faster processing of information. Edge datacenters with their near-user locations provide the right support that the growing digital businesses need.

Edge on Performance
The growing appetite for streaming content and increasing consumption of video on demand has made speed a mandatory requirement. Often data travelling from core datacenters creates latency due to congestion in the system. Edge datacenters are largely connected through a private, easy to scale, high bandwidth network to the core or colocation datacenters. The speed is thus assured and lower or no latency leads to greater reliability for mission critical applications.

Edge on Localization
There is growing stress on data sovereignty and localization across the globe. Enterprises are exploring ways to cater to newer regulations while meeting their IT requirements. This has prompted rise of new locations for edge datacenters, the tier 2 and 3 cities where data consumption is growing. Shrinking land bank and increasing pressure on power supply is making large cities a difficult proposition to build and maintain datacenters. The tier 2 and 3 cities are thus attractive destinations to host edge datacenters, bringing computing nearer to the source of data.

CtrlS Edge
CtrlS is among the early movers to build edge datacenters in India, catering to the demand from its existing and prospective customers. We have identified 23 tier 2 and 3 cities across India based on density of network strength of Telcom operators. These centers are being built in close proximity POP locations for ease of connectivity for our customers. These datacenters will be tier 3 rated 1 MW modules with dedicated carrier neutral infrastructure, offering speed, security, reliability and scalability to meet evolving business requirements. Some of the key features of our proposed datacenters include:

  • 200 racks per module with 4-6 KW / rack
  • DX based/ chiller-based cooling systems
  • Cold aisle containment
  • Early fire warning systems
  • Automatic fire suppression systems
  • 2 hours fire resistant container
  • Peripheral CCTV surveillance with video analytics
  • Integration to centralized BMS
  • 4 – 1.5 design PU

Destination India for Hyperscale Datacenters: Key Considerations

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There is more data than stars in the observable universe. *
We are swarmed with data all around us. The air we breathe has more data than oxygen, someone wittingly said. And, it may not be too off. World Economic Forum says by 2025 an estimated 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally – equivalent of 21.2 million DVDs per day!

Who owns and commands this data? There are numerous sources and platforms, but the big digital businesses, the global content platforms and ecommerce giants – the hyperscalers are at the forefront of this data explosion.

More data means more datacenters. And the more the hyperscalers scale, the need for more sophisticated datacenters will grow. Already, as per a report by Cisco, by the next year datacenter network traffic commanded by hyperscalers is expected to reach 55%, covering 50% of all installed datacenter servers. Hyperscalers spent $185 bn on datacenters between 2015 -2018 and the spending is growing almost at 20%. The exponential surge is making it imperative for them to seek out datacenters to match their pace, without compromising on security.

India is the nerve center of data consumption.
While data surge is a global phenomenon, India is emerging as a nerve center of data consumption. An Indian smartphone user consumes about 9.8 GB of data every month and with the lure of on demand video, immersive gaming and ease of shopping online, the data consumption is expected to almost double in next five years. And, if you thought metro cities were driving this growth, think again. Internet has opened the world to the tier 2 and tier 3 city dwellers. Better network and affordable tariffs have made them devour the online world, becoming engaged netizens. The hyperscalers as well as local enterprises are creating more and more vernacular content to sustain interest of this new wave of netizens.

Further, the Indian government with the Data Protection Bill 2019, now mandates data localization, implying that data or a copy of it should be hosted on local servers. This makes it imperative for hyperscalers to host their data within the country. Data localization also elevates end user experience by reducing latency and improving speed of access to their favorite content.

With the stage set for hyperscalers hosting their data in India, the question is what should be their criteria to find the right datacenters in the country.

Here are the 5 key determinants for a competent and trustworthy datacenter infrastructure:
1) Location and Design
Datacenter location is key. Datacenters must be strategically located in non-flood zone areas, designed to withstand seismic level of the geographical region. Design is another key criterion driving the choice of datacenters. Optimal usage of space with strategically designed racks and unistruct ceilings gives not just cost advantage but a better scope for scale. The datacenters with flexible design and easy customizability to suit hyperscalers need would definitely be added bonus.

2) Easy Scalability
The datacenters are not as much about space as about scalability. Hyperscalers go through seasonal upswing and plateauing demanding datacenters that can perform flawlessly at scale. For instance, the festive seasons see huge traffic to online shopping sites, almost 5 to 10 times higher than usual. Or, during the IPL season more netizens consume live stream of matches on their smartphone, making huge demand on datacenters to provide clear bandwidth, with minimal latency. Datacenters that are not geared to scale to such massive influx will fail to support hyperscalers.

3) Security Infrastructure
Data security is of paramount concern for hyperscalers. The sheer magnitude of data makes it imperative to have fool proof safety and security infrastructure. A secure and safe facility with 24/7 surveillance, top rated fire safety and automated alarms assures hyperscalers. Data resilience with proper backup and redundancy planning is also necessary. Further, interconnected datacenters boost security by acting as mutual Disaster Recovery (DR) sites.

4) Sustainable Practices
The growing pressure on natural resources mandates that the datacenters adopt sustainable practices to bring down their power consumption and reduce carbon footprint. Solar, wind and other renewable energy options are fueling the new wave of datacenters and hyperscalers should choose a partner with a strong commitment to sustainable practices.

5) Mature Partner
Datacenter as a business is on a growth path in India, and as such there are a multitude of players offering hosting facilities. Hyperscalers must go beyond looking for a vendor and seek a reliable and mature partner. A seasoned partner will bring in experience, expertise and trust – essential for a successful collaboration.

CtrlS is the partner of choice for Hyperscalers.
CtrlS partners with 60 of Fortune 500 multinationals and has the trust of 3 of 6 hyperscalers. We are the first rated 4 datacenter in Asia, and have the track record of building 16 MW hyperscale set up in just 120 days. We set a record of sorts by building 70-meter-high a G+11 floor datacenter facility in 140 days. Besides speed and agility, we have set benchmarks in sustainable practices by building India’s largest solar paneled façade for our Mumbai datacenter, reducing 70% operational cost with zero waste and zero pollution. We are the first datacenter in the world to be LEED Platinum certified.

We are scaling to meet the datacenter requirement with 6 mn sq ft of technologically advanced facilities including Edge datacenters in 20 plus tier 2 and 3 cities in next few years. CtrlS is thus, the natural choice for hyperscalers.

Note: * https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/04/how-much-data-is-generated-each-day-cf4bddf29f/

Six Steps to Operational Excellence in Datacenters

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There is no shortcut to operational excellence. Not when you are the custodian of zettabytes of sensitive data. The cost of keeping the world connected is high, and datacenters are tasked to maintain security, safety and availability of the constant stream of data round the clock. Given the magnitude of data generated every moment and rising cost of infrastructure, datacenters must optimize every resource to perform optimally.

How can datacenters keep performing at peak, affording zero downtime, zero loss and healthy PUE? Skilled people, well defined processes and effective leverage of technology deliver efficient operations and improved productivity. Here are the six key factors that define operational efficiency in datacenters:

1. Safety First Approach
Safety and security at datacenters are non-negotiable. However, maintaining strict safety and security protocols require a behavioral shift. A culture of safety-first approach must be built grounds up and mandated from the top to ensure easy adoption. Change management thus becomes critical to adapt to and adopt new processes.

2) Optimized Processes, Skilled Workforce
There can be no room for redundancy in processes for a datacenter to work efficiently. Each process needs to be assessed and validated periodically with efficient benchmarking. The proven frameworks and best practices developed over the years contribute to accelerate performance of key systems. Agile incident management and quick problem resolution for the basis of efficient process management. The holistic approach to value delivery mandates regular datacenter audits.

Datacenters represent heterogeneous IT environment and require a battery of skilled workforce operating cohesively. Subject Matter Expertise, dedicated projected management teams and a healthy bench strength ensure quick ramp up to meet increased demand without impacting business as usual. The teams need to be on constantly updated mandating certified and OEM trainings.

3) Automated Maintenance Management
Datacenter operations hugely depend on various functions and systems working in collaboration. Managing the heterogeneous environment and keeping track of each and every activity is a mammoth challenge. The mission critical applications and core systems hosted in datacenters require regular maintenance and upkeep. There can be no room for human error. One way to keep the maintenance schedules on track is to put in place a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) to automate maintenance schedules down to task level aligned to each shift for workers.

4) Proactive Issue Resolution and Early Risk Mitigation
Datacenters cannot afford downtime. Every second counts. An outage of even a few minutes can disrupt business continuity, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue loss. It thus becomes imperative that processes are monitored and issues are proactively detected for quick resolution. Efficient datacenters maintain stringent SLAs following ticketing system to log and resolve complaints.

Robust risk management processes are essential for healthy operations. Thorough risk assessment and mitigation plan is necessary to avoid SPOF (Single Point of Failure) that can impact availability or reliability of systems or applications.

5) Quality Assurance and Compliance
Quality is an inherent factor for efficient functioning of any system. At datacenters quality is interwoven in each and every aspect of operations. Strict compliance standards and certified processes are the foundation of trust and credibility. Organizations across verticals trust datacenters that meet both the geographic and industry compliance standards.

6) Continuous Innovation for Sustainable Operations
Infinite stream of data is pushing datacenters to scale at unprecedented pace. The scale, criticality and complexity of data management requires continuous innovation. Operation systems, methodologies and processes need to be constantly validated and improved to meet the ever-evolving requirements. Datacenters consume nearly 10% of electricity globally. With the ever-expanding data inflow, there will be increasing pressure on infrastructure. Datacenters thus are increasingly adopting sustainable practices and moving to renewable energy sources. The onus to keep the world connected 24/7 with minimal impact on environment lies on responsible operations of datacenters – challenge that requires continuous innovation.

CtrlS runs responsible datacenters, pioneering sustainable practices. We are the first United States Green Building Council (USGBC) ‘LEED Platinum’ certified datacenter in the world. Our solar powered datacenter are 70% cost efficient with zero emission, zero loss and zero pollution. We have been able to set industry benchmark with 1.32 PUE and are continually bridging the gap with sustainable and efficient operations.

Gain Uninterrupted Data Flow With N+N Redundancy

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Risk of Downtime Can Interrupt Business As Usual
“If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty,” claims the bestselling author Stephen Covey. The businesses, however, have learnt to deal with uncertainties and thrive on their resilience. Keeping the businesses moving in the face of adversities, manmade or natural, is the biggest concern of every enterprise, more so if the organization heavily relies on data. Every minute of downtime can cause you huge revenue loss, not to mention the loss of trust of the customers and adverse impact on your brand. As per Gartner study in 2014, average cost of downtime was $5,600 per minute, which climbed up to $9,000 per minute as per a study by Ponemon Institute in 2016. And, the of cost impact of downtime is rising every passing day. The organizations thus cannot take a chance and must ensure that vulnerability is removed from the equation.

How do you keep your data flowing even during a disaster, or in the face of power outage? Is your datacenter equipped to keep your data safe and available at all times? Your businesses require your mission critical applications running flawlessly. How do you ensure that?

Inadequate Backup Leads to Systems Vulnerability
Power outages, failure of back-up systems such as UPS or generators, malfunctioning of cooling systems and other infrastructure issues can impact your applications. Most datacenters have some back up mechanism, but it may not cover all the applications. For instance N+1 redundancy provides for only one backup component for the original number of components. Thus, in the event of a power outage, for instance only a secondary back up is available for some of the racks. This makes your data vulnerable and you run risk on business continuity.

Build Resilience to Overcome Uncertainties
Resilient systems withstand adverse environment and continue to deliver despite challenges. Now, to keep the data safe and available datacenters must ensure availability of backup for every component, that is N+N redundancy. This provides for a comprehensive approach that goes beyond power failure and cooling issues to maintain alternate telecommunication paths, protecting against any line cuts or outage. Rated 4 datacnters maintain 99.95% uptime, allowing for only 28 minutes of downtime in a year, and this cannot be achieved without N+N redundancy.

Further, since two parallel power sources are available all the time, proactive maintenance can be carried out for applications and servers, with practically no downtime. This improves health of your infrastructure and contributes to longevity of your systems.

CtrlS Keeps Your Data Safe and Available All the Time
Your data never stops flowing. Businesses do not sleep. To keep you going, you need datacenters that can withstand crises and keep your applications safe and performing at all times. With N+N redundancy datacenters, you can be assured. However, not everyone can build and maintain such high performing architecture. Maintaining N+N redundancy is a complex and skill intensive exercise, that requires maturity and experience. CtrlS has built Asia’s first rated 4 datacenter that gives you complete assurance on data availability in the face of human made or natural disasters.The failsafe environment has every component backed up with mirrored systems. The fully automated systems ensure smooth shift between power sources in the event of the failure of primary source, with zero loss or latency.

India: Your Datacenter Destination

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India On the Verge Of Data Revolution
Indians are the largest consumer of mobile data in the world. As per Ericsson Mobility Report, every smartphone user in the country consumes an average 9.8 GB data per month, and driven by video content, this is expected to nearly double in the next 4 years to 18 GB. India will have 1.25 bn mobile subscribers by 2024, while mobile data traffic per month will cross 16 exabytes, growing at 23% CGAR.

There is growing appetite for video content and live streaming. Applications with rich user interface and live or near real-time interactions are wooing even the data novice. You will find almost every smartphone user subscribing to a host of apps and games. The density of usage of these apps and systems can create congestion and lead to latency. Subscribers demand live connect and any delay in accessing the content of their choice frustrates them.

The demand reaches its zenith during sporting seasons with large populace consuming the content live over the internet, moving beyond the traditional broadcast on TVs.

Smart lifestyle, wearables, connected homes with embedded devices and intelligent buildings are making IoT mainstream. Increased usage of RFID, beacons and SCADA devices in industrial IoT has made India claim 5% of global IoT market, amounting to 15 bn $ by end of the current year.

More Data Require More Datacenters
The data explosion is further fueled by government impetus on digitalization. New smart cities and larger adoption of cloud across functions has created a thriving ecosystem for growth. More data require more datacenters. The largest platform players across the globe are increasing their subscriber base in India. There is substantial rise in digital payments, online purchases and transactions. Global ecommerce giants are growing their business even in tier 2 and 3 cities. The sheer spread of digital universe in the country makes it the most attractive destination of datacenters.

Infrastructure Meets Talent
Infrastructure required to build, operate and maintain datacenters is critical. The penetration of internet, increasing density of telecom operators in almost all regions and stable power supply are other advantages for datacenters in India. The country is home to some of the most sought-after technology talent. Technology skills and domain expertise are in short supply globally. But India with its young population and higher tech literacy is able to bridge the skill gap.

CtrlS Advantage
CtrlS is the trusted partner of 60 Fortune 500 multinationals delivering 100% uptime consistently for over 11 years. Our datacenters are strategically located in non-flood zone area, designed to withstand seismic level of the geographical area. We have delivered industry best PUE at 1.32 with Asia’s largest rated 4 hyperscale datacentre.

Our Mumbai datacentre has the honour to be the largest solar façade, optimizing 70% cost with zero loss, zero pollution and zero waste.

To know more on how we ensure high performance of mission critical applications, get in touch now.

Interconnected Datacenters for Secure Growth

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Connected World Needs Connected Datacenters
The magnitude of data hosted, managed and distributed every moment demands unmatched resilience from datacenters. The increase in data consumption across the globe has posed new challenges to manage uninterrupted distribution. Global enterprises require unhindered data flow transcending geography with agility and speed. Datacenters thus strive to maintain a stable and dependable IT infrastructure. The effort gets a boost when a datacenter is connected to other, offering seamless flow and acting as a proxy for each other in the event of any incident.

3 Benefits of Interconnected Datacenters
Interconnected datacenters are not just better prepared to handle adverse instances, they provide flexibility and diversity to customers. Here are the most remarkable benefits of interconnected datacenters:
1) Flexibility and Choice
Interconnected datacenters provide flexibility to customers by offering them a choice of network providers. The carrier neutral nature of interconnected datacenters offer ease and cost-effective operations to enterprises.

With access to multiple providers there is better risk mitigation and assurance of business continuity.

2) Security and Reliability
Interconnected datacenters bring in the assurance of fail-safe infrastructure with one datacenter acting as the backup of the other. The robust Disaster Recovery (DR) processes connect to the other connected datacenters in the instances of any calamity or power outage. This also elevates the health of infrastructure as proactive maintenance can be carried out without any downtime.

3) Speed and Scalability
Interconnected datacenters weave in the power of many and the collective scalability to match the requirements of the hyperscalers and high growth enterprises. These also afford direct, physical contact point between servers, providers, and customers, making it easier for businesses to optimize their operations. The limitless scalability equips the enterprises to cater to the growing end user demand and higher computing power.

CtrlS Brings Interconnected Datacenter Advantage to Global Businesses
CtrlS is pioneering the interconnected datacenter practices in the region. With interconnected datacenters in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore, we bring the most dependable IT unfractured to our customers. Offering scalability, flexibility and diversity, our interconnected datacenters offer cost optimized and efficient hosting options. We host the impeccable record if 100% uptime for last 13 years, gaining trust of our customers as the most secure and reliable data management partners.

Keep Your Data Safe With N+N Redundancy

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Uncertainties Can Cost You Dear“If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty,” claims the bestselling author Stephen Covey. The businesses, however, have learnt to deal with uncertainties and thrive on their resilience. Keeping the businesses moving in the face of adversities, manmade or natural, is the biggest concern of every enterprise, more so if the organization heavily relies on data. How do you keep your data flowing even during a disaster, or in the face of power outage? Is your datacenter equipped to keep your data safe and available at all times? Your businesses require your mission critical applications running flawlessly. Every minute of downtime can cause you huge revenue loss, not to mention the loss of trust of the customers and adverse impact on your brand. It is thus essential that vulnerability is removed from the equation. How do you ensure that?

Inadequate Backup Leads to Systems Vulnerability
Power outages, failure of back-up systems such as UPS or generators, malfunctioning of cooling systems and other infrastructure issues can impact your applications. Most datacenters have some back up mechanism, but it may not cover all the applications. For instance N+1 redundancy provides for only one backup component for the original number of components. Thus, in the event of a power outage, for instance only a secondary back up is available for some of the racks. This makes your data vulnerable and you run risk on business continuity.

Build Resilience to Overcome Uncertainties
Resilient systems withstand adverse environment and continue to deliver despite challenges. Now, to keep the data safe and available datacenters must ensure availability of backup for every component, that is N+N redundancy. This provides for a comprehensive approach that goes beyond power failure and cooling issues to maintain alternate telecommunication paths, protecting against any line cuts or outage. Rated 4 datacnters maintain 99.95% uptime, allowing for only 28 minutes of downtime in a year, and this cannot be achieved without N+N redundancy.

Further, since two parallel power sources are available all the time, proactive maintenance can be carried out for applications and servers, with practically no downtime. This improves health of your infrastructure and contributes to longevity of your systems.

Stay Always On with CtrlS
Your data never stops flowing. Businesses do not sleep. To keep you going, you need datacenters that can withstand crises and keep your applications safe and performing at all times. With N+N redundancy datacenters, you can be assured. However, not everyone can build and maintain such high performing architecture. Maintaining N+N redundancy is a complex and skill intensive exercise, that requires maturity and experience. CtrlS has built Asia’s first rated 4 datacenter that gives you complete assurance on data availability in the face of human made or natural disasters.The failsafe environment has every component backed up with mirrored systems. The fully automated systems ensure smooth shift between power sources in the event of the failure of primary source, with zero loss or latency.

Choose Quality Dedicated Hosting for Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is vital. It is sad though, that many are deprived of it in our country. A formidable industry, healthcare is dependent on technology for its day to day operations. Today, with groundbreaking innovations in modern techniques and procedures for treatment, as well as breakthroughs in modern medicine, technology and healthcare have amalgamated in a way that is bound to shape healthcare in the future.

It is easy, however, to overlook the underlying infrastructure. Healthcare professionals sometimes fail to realize that they can significantly improve the quality of healthcare by way of leveraging robust, dependable and scalable EMR systems.

The explosive growth in medical data, calls for the requirement of a robust infrastructure that can properly support this growth. It is advisable to outsource data centre operations to a provider. This helps reduce costs, improves productivity, and initiate holistic growth.

Why does healthcare industry require Quality Dedicated Hosting Service? The below points enumerate exactly why

  1. Customisation:- Dedicated servers allow you to use your choice of software. Instal any core software and any base software. When you know which softwares to instal, you begin to optimize the server usage. This is important in healthcare because servers are key to keeping important data safeguarded.
  2. Security:- There is no sharing server, so no spam websites that instal malicious scripts can sneak into your server. As an administrator, you can instal security softwares, firewalls, anti-spyware, etc. In healthcare, security is paramount. Important information w.r.t. prescription drugs as well as patient information is stored.
  3. Varied Features:- Free Unique Web addresses, premium control panels, spam reduction, e-commerce enabling, these are just some of the features that Dedicated Hosting Services offer. In healthcare, it is vital to have complete control, as well as proper protection against hackers and malware.

When it comes to Dedicated Hosting Services for healthcare in India, CtrlS provides the most comprehensive package. Choose from between power dedicated servers, value servers, mass storage servers, etc, with their own different cores, tailor-made to suit various kinds of applications. Migrating to the cloud has never been easier! Now, the server can be instaled and made operational without any problems. Plus you get zero downtime. A dedicated server can take your website to a whole new level.

As a player in the healthcare industry it is paramount that your data and information remains secure and safeguarded against threats. Which is why, CtrlS, a certified Tier-4 Datacenter, with 99.9995% Uptime, guarantees safety of your important information. Hardware is top notch, from HP and Dell. No stone is left unturned. Which is why major healthcare players depend on us for their Dedicated Hosting Services. 24X7 support means each of your query is answered, including doubts on what configuration is best for your enterprise!

Tier 4 Data Centers are Designed for Continuous Availability and Reliability

In data centers tier classifications are established based on site topology which drives performance of the actual site. Tier classification is based on the combination of design topology and site location. Tiered data centers have their own characteristics and advantages. However, in addition to the advantages with each tier class, operational sustainability of the data center is critical to ensure availability and reliability.

In simple terms a data center implies a central repository for servers, storage, management and dissemination of information. Data center is an infrastructure facility to provide computing capabilities, storage and networking. The services offered by data centers are data storage, redundant data communications, and other security devices. Data centers offers the physical or virtual infrastructure services for companies to house computers, servers and networking systems and components for the company’s IT requirements.

The original idea of data center began as a private server room in a company connecting user computers to the server and running applications on the server for access by users. In earlier days the organization was responsible for maintenance of servers, storage, and networking components and this required many IT personnel to manage the facility. Even today large organizations maintain their in-house or internal data centers and are able to maintain service levels at a high cost.

As business and data grows constantly, in house data centers face the challenge of constant hardware and infrastructure upgrades. To overcome this challenge third party data center service providers offer IT resources for clients (companies and organizations) for use in their business operations. Many business enterprise organizations are hiring services from third party data centers, such as cloud computing. Hence, we can understand that a data center requires huge server farms, storage arrays and networks and redundant telecommunications network and components to cater to the various needs of different types of organizations. Data centers to ensure reliability in services without any disruptions from the perspective of the user.

Data center performance and benchmark standards were developed by Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in 2005. This is known as TIA-942 was first such standard to address data center infrastructure, particularly in the design and development process. TIA is accredited with ANSI and has over 600 members globally. TIA provides necessary enhancements for organizations involved in telecommunications, broadband, cellular and wireless services, IT, networks, satellite communications, unified communications and environment friendly technology. TIA-942 standards for data center performance and reliability is based on evaluations on general redundancy and availability of data center in its topology. The design aspects include site space and cabling infrastructure for tiered reliability along with environmental considerations.

In order to maximize efficiency and uptime in data centers, Uptime Institute Inc., a consortium of companies provided a tiered classification system for data centers. Uptime’s tiered classification is an industry standard for site infrastructure design and uptime of data center. There are four tiers (Tier 1 to Tier 4) explained by Uptime Institute related to the performance of the data center, investment and Return On Investment (ROI). Tier classifications are derived based on performance of actual site availability and by combining design topology and site location. The data center tiers and their characteristics are mentioned below to show the service availability for each tier.

S.No Tier Requirement Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
1 Basic Redundancy N N+1 N+1 N+N
2 Active Paths One One One Dual
3 Fault Tolerant No No No Yes
4 Staffing None 1 Shift 1 +Shifts 24XForever
5 Single Point of Failure Many Many Many None
7 Representative failure 6 Failure in 5 years 1 Failure every year 1 Failure
every 2.5 years
1 Failure in 5 years

Tier 1: Basic site infrastructure (N). Availability: 99.671%

  • Vulnerable to disruptions from planned and unplanned activity
  • Single path for power and cooling
  • Data center is shut down completely for performing preventive maintenance
  • Annual downtime of 28.8 hours

Tier 2: Redundant Capacity Components Site Infrastructure (limited N+1). Availability: 99.741%

  • Less vulnerable to disruptions from planned and unplanned activity
  • Single path for power and cooling includes redundant components (N+1)
  • Includes raised floor, UPS and generator
  • Annual downtime of 22.0 hours

Tier 3: Concurrently Maintainable Site Infrastructure (N+1). Availability: 99.982%

  • Enables planned activity (such as scheduled preventative maintenance) without disrupting computer hardware operation. Unplanned activities can still cause disruption.
  • Multiple power and cooling paths (one active path), redundant components (N+1)
  • Annual downtime of 1.6 hours

Tier 4: Fault Tolerant Site Infrastructure (2N+1): 99.995% availability

  • Planned activity will not disrupt critical operations and can sustain at least one worst-case unplanned event with no critical load impact
  • Multiple active power and cooling paths
  • Annual downtime of 0.4 hours

Despite the advantages offered by each tier classification, operational sustainability plays a significant role in site availability which is ensured in tier 4 data centers. Tier 4 data centers are designed to provide continuous availability of services with reliability.

‘Do we need a Tier 4 Datacenter in India’?

One of my new ‘Techie’ colleagues, an Engineer from a premier college, asked me this question during the course of one of our discussions and I laughed it off and let him go. But internally I was deeply amazed and shocked to understand the technological illiteracy of our ‘educated engineers’ generated by our present institutes.

The very next week I purposefully went to his house with a relaxed mind and asked him the basis of his question. Though he was surprised with me retrieving our casual conversation (‘casual’ in his perspective) was elaborative in putting forward his thoughts/questions.

  • Why does a developing country (where the DC industry is still in its nascent stage) like India need a Tier 4 DC?
  • Does the Indian environment, resources & government complement/contradict this initiative?
  • Does a Tier 4 DC address all the present and futuristic concerns/requirements of the related industries?
  • Would it generate the targeted amount of technological curiosity, interest, business and in due course ‘DC Market’?
  • Would this be a good business proposition for a bold Entrepreneur?
  • Going by the fact that a DC would be obsolete after 8 years, would it be a cost effective enterprise?

After listening to all his questions, I could comprehend that even after a decade, the expanding knowledge & activities of DC industry hasn’t been still able to drive out completely the ignorance lurking in the minds of our young DC industrialists & potential clients.

In this context, I could recollect and share with my friend my childhood memories wherein my grandfather used to save his money in his pillows and his bed covers. Even after the advent & growth of the banking sector, it took considerable number of years for him and even for my father to understand the need of the banking set up and its importance and the security, safety and other value added benefits it offered. Somehow I could relate the same with the present status of the DC market with the only change in scenario that we were now operating in a post liberalization era.

I took up the responsibility of presenting the entire picture, status & progress of the DC industry and the rationale behind the necessity for a Tier4 DC in India.

I was happy to know that my friend was aware of the fact that the economic, political and social environment in India was keen on enhancing Indian research capabilities and make ourselves self reliant in the field of technological research, development and infrastructure.

Since my friend was a Techie and had been working with us over a month it was relatively easy for me to reiterate that a Tier 4 DC strongly differentiates itself from a Tier 3 with the ‘Redundancy’ feature —– which offers exclusive ‘Backup’ facilities only in a Tier 4 set up.

I added on to my flow of conversation with my bold talk that ‘Calculated risk taking’ is what differentiates a Leader from a follower and if one had to create a market then he needs to have the right vision, put in the necessary effort to plough, seed, manure and water the market & then work patiently to reap the harvest.

My friend could catch the ‘pride’ in my eyes when I was stating that our CtrlS DC is TIA-942-2 Tier 4 Complaint on

  • Architectural requirements
  • Electrical requirements
  • Mechanical requirements
  • Telecommunications requirements

For his better understanding, I then proceeded to highlight few among the 1800 parameters a DC is checked upon for Tier 4 certification. I knew that the adage ‘Seeing is believing’ is widely rampant and guided him to the related link http://www.ctrls.in/datacenter.php for him to check upon the below mentioned features of India’s first and Asia’s largest Tier 4 Datacenter, CtrlS.

  • Designed ground-up to be a DC
  • Exclusive Datacenter service area
  • Largest tier 4 DC (3.4 lakh square feet of DC space)
  • Operational capacity of 20,000 racks across 3 DCs
  • Dual active power sources of total capacity of 58 MW
  • 8 – Zone security with an uptime of 99.995%
  • 448 Bit military strength Protection. Encryption at an average of 1 billion guesses per second.
  • Scalability for over a decade
  • Multiple tenant structure
  • Internet Exchange Platform (IXP) Datacenters
  • Captive power plant
  • Most energy efficient DC: Design PUE of 1.45
  • 18 MW gas based in house power plants
  • Load bearing capability of 1500-2100 Kg/sq m
  • Double layered Heat resistant walls
  • Earthquake resistant seismic zone — ‘Level 3’ designed structure
  • 5 layer, 2 hr fire-separated thermally insulated Server rooms
  • 4 underground HSD tanks 210 KL capacity
  • Floor underneath has ‘Moisture sensitive’ sensors with instant cooling effects.
  • Meet-me / Internet exchange rooms
  • 1000 BCP seats in each DC location ‘Work area’
  • ‘Staging room’—Controls Storage
  • Network operation control room
  • CC TV’s & Video Camera’s in place to monitor & secure ‘shared work areas’
  • Conference rooms for controlling conversations
  • ‘Total Ownership’ philosophy
  • Rest and recreation facilities

8 Zone security offered by CtrlS

  • Zone 1 security: crash proof compound wall to withstand an impact of ten ton truck collision at 80 Km/hr.
  • Zone 2 Armed guards—Building perimeter & Watch tower
  • Zone 3 Card access—Datacenter perimeter
  • Zone 4 Baggage scanner /Metal detectors —DC security check
  • Zone 5 Man trap – DC Server area
  • Zone 6 Card access to operate lifts
  • Zone 7 Biometric secured entrance to the main DC area
  • Zone 8 Biometric card access to the racks

He gave me a ‘five’ after going through this simple 5.45 minute CtrlS DC tour & I didn’t find the necessity for his oral endorsement to my views.

We ended up our techie conversation over a cup of tea with a strong conviction that if ‘business continuity’ &’ IT security’ were to be one’s need, Tier 4 Datacenters are here to address this need.

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