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In the wake of India’s insatiable appetite for data, driven by plummeting smartphone and internet costs, there has been an unprecedented surge in demand for services like OTT video streaming, online gaming, and digital commerce. The proliferation of IoT and 5G devices has only intensified this data consumption frenzy, with CRISIL estimating that India’s 5G user base will surpass 300 million by 2025. As a result, Data Centers have become more crucial than ever in fueling India’s growth story.

According to a report by JLL, Data Centers in India are expected to add 681 MW of capacity by the end of 2024, requiring 7.8 million sq. ft. of real estate space. Yet, building a Data Center is a complex endeavor, and it can be categorized into two main types: Greenfield and Brownfield Data Centers.

A Greenfield Data Center is built entirely from scratch on a vacant plot of land, tailored to an organization’s specific needs. This approach allows organizations to design and customize their Data Centers precisely as required.

In contrast, a Brownfield Data Center is an existing facility retrofitted or upgraded to meet new IT demands. While this approach may be more cost-effective and faster, it comes with limitations, such as space constraints, inefficiency, and infrastructure challenges.

Building a Greenfield Data Center: Step by Step

Step 1: Defining Exact Requirements

Begin by clearly defining the purpose and requirements of the facility. Identify capacity, scalability, availability, security, and energy efficiency needs, setting the foundation for the Data Center’s design and construction.

Step 2: Site Selection

Select an appropriate site, considering factors such as accessibility, network connectivity, power and water availability, and environmental conditions like soil, air and water quality. Additionally, evaluate natural hazards such as flood plains and seismic zones, critical for business sustainability and the efficient, uninterrupted operation of the data center.

Step 3: Design and Planning

The design and planning phase is pivotal. The Data Center must not only meet the organization’s specific requirements but also incorporate sustainability best practices. Factors like power and cooling infrastructure, security, fire mitigation mechanisms, and equipment layout should be carefully considered.

Step 4: Construction

During this phase, the Data Center is physically built. This includes installing power and cooling systems, IT equipment, and security systems. Collaboration with experienced contractors and vendors is essential to ensure compliance with regulatory mandates and high-quality construction.

Step 5: Testing and Commissioning

Before operational deployment, the Data Center undergoes rigorous testing and commissioning. Every component, system, and process is tested to ensure optimal functionality and compliance with performance and efficiency requirements.

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