Hyderabad: Whenever the word data centre comes to our mind, it has always been the likes of Amazon, Google and other such corporates. However, venturing into this niche space and making a mark is Hyderabad-based CtrlS. The company claims to be the only tier-IV data centre (DC) company in Asia and the only one in India.
It started operations in 2008 and has been growing slowly but steadily in the last eight years. It has already established four tier-IV facilities in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and is planning to set up one more in Bengaluru by 2017. In addition, it has invested about Rs 600 crore and is all set to invest Rs 1,100 crore more in the future.
Apart from the physical DCs, the company is into cloud-based DCs called the Cloud4C, which was started two years back. The company is planning to take its Cloud4C business to 17 countries by March 2017 and 40 countries by 2018.
Most of the success, the company’s Founder and CEO, Sridhar Pinnapureddy credits to the fact that they could take risks and foresee the future. “We learnt very early in our business that DCs are mostly dominated by large companies and if we have to survive then we need to keep innovating and change our services according the changing needs,” Pinnapureddy told Telangana Today.
The Indian DC is currently valued at $2.2 billion and is expected to touch $4.5 billion by 2018. Some reports also forecast that India would move to be the second-largest market for DC in Asia Pacific by 2020 with investments reaching $7 billion. In addition, spending on cloud infrastructure as a service will total $100 million and the market is set to touch $1.9 billion by 2019. And CtrlS owns about 10 per cent of the world’s tier-IV DC market.
The physical DCs of the company come with attack proof walls, automated technology to manage critical application with zero downtime and lowest energy consumption. While the tier-IV facility comes with four copies of the same data stored in different locations so as to make recovery easier and secured.
It currently has about 2,000 customers ranging across segments like banking and financial services, telecom, manufacturing, retail and various governments with Telangana government being one of them.
Called the ‘local poster boy for data centres’ by the Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao, Pinnapureddy has big plans for the company going ahead. “We are keen to expand our cloud DCs globally and are forecasting that it will in the future overtake the physical centres, although for large business and financial institutions, the latter will be more useful,” he added.
The company has also launched cyber security advancement as a centre of excellence (CoE), which will provide full-blown security solution for cloud. In addition, the company has also launched a community cloud service wherein different institutions from the same sector can use their data storage system, which is fully secure and safe.
“About eight banks have already signed up with us for using the community cloud service,” the CEO informed.
Pinnapureddy, who is also one of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) core member in Hyderabad, suggests that startups must clean up their ideas and focus on what makes them unique globally.