Web Host BSNL, Dimension Data Expands Cloud Hosting in India Data Centers

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Indian web hosting company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data announced on Monday they have jointly launched six new BSNL data centers, which will provide colocation, managed hosting, and cloud services.

The move comes at an opportune time, with cloud computing services in India and the rest of Asia seeing a growing demand.

The India cloud market is projected to reach up to $16 billion by 2020, according to a recent study by NASSCOM and Deloitte, while Gartner reported that data center services in the Asia/Pacific region reached $10 billion and web hosting and colocation markets reached $2.5 billion in 2011.

BSNL will offer managed colocation, managed hosting and cloud services through these IDCs built, operated and managed by Dimension Data for BSNL.

Located in Mumbai, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Ghaziabad, the six data centers are India’s first Uptime Institute certified Tier III level data centers.

“In the first year, we are looking at Rs 100 crore in revenue, which will be shared between BSNL and Dimension Data,” said Dimension Data India CEO Kiran Bhagwanani. “In full capacity, the potential is of Rs 300 crore.”

Dimension Data recently launched a comprehensive range of cloud services designed to simplify the process of adopting cloud computing, and more recently, extended these cloud services to the Amsterdam and Sydney markets. The cloud services simplify planning, design, deployment and management of private, public and hybrid clouds.

BSNL has already signed contracts with three Indian government organizations for managed hosting and cloud services, said Bhagwanani.

These data centers have been certified to meet Tier-III quality standards by Uptime Institute, which ensures the data centers will be fully redundant with no single point of failure.

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