Data Centers Are Crucial for a Nation's DigitalizationYotta CEO Sunil Gupta Says Cloud Providers Are Preparing for Massive Digitalization
Cloud and data center infrastructure contribute heavily to the digitalization of a nation. Demand for data center infrastructure is growing exponentially due to the rapid rate at which India is digitalizing consumer services. India also has a massive population of nearly 1.4 billion people, so these services will need to be provided at scale and in a short time.
"We are seeing use cases of machines, sensors and devices using the Internet as much as people," says Sunil Gupta, co-founder and CEO, Yotta Infrastructure Solutions. "The Internet of People is shifting to the Internet of Things. I see folks coming up with RFPs for sensors that feed data to some localized machine either in the edge data center or in a central data center - and they want the machines to behave in a particular way."
Gupta cites some use cases, and one of them is smart meters, which will disrupt the energy industry. Millions of electricity meters deployed at consumers' home are being replaced by smart meters that send consumption data to a central data center for billing.
"Given the magnanimous population of India, even a small use case or proofs of concept of a few thousand homes requires so much of cloud and data center in the backend (to enable this). And once this extends to the entire city, it will become humongous," Gupta says.
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Gupta also discusses:
- How data centers contribute to India's digital transformation;
- Use cases for machines and sensors in India;
- How IT infrastructure providers are preparing for the 5G wave.
Gupta has extensive experience in the data center, cloud and managed IT services industry and has built and operated numerous third-party data centers in India. He has set up 15 data centers - spread over 25 lakh sq. ft - running cloud, hosting and managed services businesses. Prior to Yotta, Gupta was the president, COO and executive director on the Board of Netmagic Solutions India, which is part of NTT's Global Data Centers division.