IBM to tap SMBs with scalable data centres

Written by Rachana Khanzode | Mumbai, Jun 29 | Updated: Jul 1 2008, 05:02am hrs
Data centres that play a critical role in the growth of organisations are no longer confined to large enterprises as small and mid size firms in India are increasingly demanding data centres to suit their needs. IBM is all set to tap the SMB market in India, which according to New York-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, will have IT spend of $9.7 billion this year of which about $1.2 billion will be spent on services .

The company has come up with scalable modular data centres (SMDC) that allow SMBs (small and medium-scale businesses) to have small sized data centres ranging from 300-3,000 sq ft. These are set up in 3-4 weeks as against conventional data centres that take around 10-12 weeks.

Bhaskar S Anand, country executive, integrated technology services, IBM India/South Asia, says, We currently have about 20 clients and we see our client base for SMDCs increasing by two to three fold over the next 12-18 months.

Currently, companies like Apollo Sindhuri (green data centre), Fiat, Atlas Copco, APL and Bharat Bijlee are some of the clients that are using IBMs SMDC.

He adds that the modular data centres can cost as low as 50 lakhs and higher, depending on the needs of the company as against conventional data centre costs that run into crores. SMDCs are based on the pay-as-you-grow model where enterprises can increase the capacity of data centres whenever required.

According to IBM, the modules are highly energy efficient and are designed in a fashion that strong energy efficiency and green components are incorporated to bring down the cost of running them. Anand adds, As we are targeting these modules at mid sized companies that range from Rs 200- 1500 crore, less power consumption and proper cooling become important factors of cost cutting in the data centre. The SMDCs can also be expanded and even moved from one location to another without doing the entire design from scratch, as the business needs to grow.