Just within a year after Amazon Web Services decided to set up its data center in Hyderabad, Microsoft has joined the long list of MNCs choosing Hyderabad to set up their data centers. And it’s not just corporates; even government enterprises like the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) have chosen the city of pearls to set up their smart data centers.
On Thursday, Google begins building its largest campus outside US headquarters in Hyderabad. There are a few reasons that make Hyderabad attractive to large firms. For starters, undoubtedly its location. Hyderabad is located at a seismic zone of two or three, due to which it is least prone to earthquakes or floods, especially in the IT hubs in and around HITEC city.
Another huge draw is the availability of highly skilled people in cloud computing, data analysts, and the like. “Intellect of the population is one of the key factors,” says one of the top executives of CtrlS, Asia’s most significant rated 4 data center.
Also, in terms of realty, the prices are much lower compared to Mumbai or Chennai, which were hitherto data hubs. Moreover, Hyperscalers, which are data centers that consume massive energy, are slowly coming up in Hyderabad, thanks to companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. Amazon was given land near Shamshabad to set up their data center closer to IT hubs.
One other major factor is access to seamless bandwidth and an undisrupted power facility, which have been made available by the government by setting up fiber connectivity. The companies can also use existing fiber highways between Mumbai and Hyderabad.