CtrlS data center gets LEED platinum certification

Reported by: |Updated: March 30, 2018

The first data center in the world to get this certification:

Data center services company CtrlS launched a Tier4 data center at the Electronic City in Bengaluru. The data center is also certified as World’s 1st LEED platinum certified green data center. With this launch, the company intends to provide mission-critical data center services to India’s leading internet, banking, insurance and other clients with near 0% downtime, 100% redundancy and industry’s lowest PUE at 1.35.

The new CtrlS data center will provide India’s growing tech giants with reliable, robust data management and distribution networks, with near 0% downtime, 100% redundancy and Industry’s lowest PUE of 1.35.

Speaking at the launch, Priyank Kharge, minister for  Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Karnataka, said Bengaluru, which is already a leader in software services, is also fast becoming a hub for global organizations and the Tier4 data center from CtrlS would be the start of an ecosystem.

ENSURING 0% DOWNTIME

Organizations of today that need to ensure 0% downtime for their services and the growing number of eCommerce and online payments companies becoming operational, there is need for a reliable and robust infrastructure ecosystem with highest uptime SLA and robust security. And CtrlS is just meeting this requirement with its new facility. The company already powers 15 of the Fortune 500 global multinationals, 25 of the ET 500 companies in India including major banks, insurance companies, telecom players, ecommerce, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, logistics.

A regular Tier3 data center faces about 4 hours of downtime in any calendar year but a Tier4 data center has advanced infrastructure and design features that reduce downtime to less than 30 minutes in any given year. However, CtrlS’s Tier4 data centers have established industry records – over the last 10 years, these data centers have experienced no downtime whatsoever and have maintained 100% uptime.

SOLAR-POWERED

The Bengaluru facility is located in a green earthquake-proof building that generates its power requirements using solar and other sustainable sources. It also has 9 levels of military grade security.

Sridhar Pinnapureddy, chairman and MD, CtrlS, said the Bengaluru data center has been awarded a Platinum LEED certificate by the US Green Building Council, making it the only data center in the world to receive such a certification. “We will continue to innovate and ensure our business is both profitable and environmentally sustainable,” he said.

Sridhar also said a lot of data flows through the silicon city and the company’s plan is to convert all its data centers to be solar powered in the next 5 years as such data centers are sustainable and the long-term competitiveness is much better. He said an investment of Rs 1200 crore has been earmarked for setting up new data centers, investment in R&D and upgrading infrastructure across the company’s five data centers. This makes CtrlS data centers the obvious choice for global and India’s banking, internet, large conglomerates. Global business enterprise software maker SAP has selected CtrlS to house business critical data at the Bengaluru data center, he added.

CtrlS data center gets LEED platinum certification
Sridhar Pinnapureddy inaugurating the tier4 data center at Bengaluru

CHOICE FOR SAP

Margaret Anderson, senior VP at SAP, who attended the launch, said for SAP, data security is mission critical. The choice of data center is not easily taken, and the company is thrilled to work with CtrlS and it meets SAP’s every need and satisfy very stringent standards.

Prakash Mallya, MD-South Asia, Intel, who was also present, said the amount of data generated in India is more than anywhere in the world and this is a collective challenge that is being addressed by service providers such as CtrlS and solutions like this make it possible for a lot of data innovation and AI solutions to happen.

R.S. Prasad Rao, director, CtrlS, said the company already operates 4 data centers in Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and all these are Tier4 data centers. “Innovation leads to reduction in energy consumption, leading to LEED certification, and we are saving a lot of power for the nation,” he added.

GopalaKrishnan P, regional director, LEED hub in India of the U.S. Green Building Council, said the Bengaluru data center is first data center in the world to get LEED Platinum Certification. He said some 200 data centers have been part of LEED journey and India is the 4th largest market for LEED.

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