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EdgeConneX, Adani partner for India’s largest data centre build out set to last a decade

The joint venture will focus on building a network of hyperscale data centres starting with Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad markets.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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February 23, 2021 | 2:06 PM GMT

EdgeConneX, Adani partner for India’s largest data centre build out set to last a decade

(Left to Right) Jeyakumar Janakaraj, CEO, AdaniConneX; Edmund Wilson, COO & Co-Founder, EdgeConneX; Anil Sardana, MD & CEO, ATL, MD - Thermal Power; Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group; Sudipta Bhattacharya, CEO, Adani Group North America, and CTO, Adani Group. Source: EdgeConneX

Adani Enterprises, the flagship company of the Adani Group, one of India’s largest multi-infrastructure organisations and EdgeConneX, a global data centre operator with 50 facilities in 30 markets around the world, have announced the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture (JV). 

The JV will develop and operate data centres throughout India to address the rapidly growing need for IT infrastructure across the country.

The AdaniConneX JV will focus on building a network of hyperscale sites starting with the Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad markets. Development and construction at these sites have already begun.

Both organisations said in a statement they are “committed to investing significant capital” into the joint venture over the next decade.

In addition to full scale data centres, AdaniConneX will also develop a portfolio of edge data centres strategically located throughout India that will support the need for more proximate capacity. 

These edge sites are designed and planned to easily scale with demand and become full scale data centre campuses.  

The pan-Indian platform of hyperscale and hyperlocal data centres will largely be powered by renewable energy, the two parties said.

Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, said: “One of the best manifestations of our Honorable Prime Minister’s Digital India vision is the speed with which the entire Indian population has come online and the subsequent continued exponential growth in data consumption. 

“India currently has one of world’s largest data subscriber population and to address the need for a reliable infrastructure to support Cloud, Content, Network, IoT, 5G, AI and enterprise requirements, data centres are a fundamental infrastructure need of a nation. 

“The Adani Group brings to the table a unique combination of green power, real estate expertise, access to undersea cable landing stations, and several nodes across the country that will serve as edge locations. In addition to EdgeConneX’s domain expertise and cutting-edge technology in the data centre business, we have been very impressed with the agility they bring to the joint venture.”

Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX, added: ” Adani possesses the necessary capabilities and unique expertise in India required to build out critical digital infrastructure that can best support our customers across the entire country. 

“We look forward to investing in the digital economy of India and meeting our customers’ needs throughout the region in collaboration with Adani.”

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