CtrlS Datacenters lays out $2 billion investment plan

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Hyderabad: CtrlS Datacenters has announced its new $2 billion investment plan over the next six years. It has identified three key areas including augmenting AI and cloud-ready hyperscale datacentres footprint, achieving net zero by 2030 and doubling headcount to 1000 by 2029. These three key areas will impact the company’s operations, commitment and position in the market.

Add 350 MW of AI and Cloud-ready Hyperscale Datacentres:
With the rising demand for AI and cloud-ready data centres, CtrlS Datacenters said it will invest in several key technologies and strategies in areas such as advanced cooling, power management, and overall infrastructure design in its new hyperscale datacenters.

It wants to leverage Liquid Cooling (Direct-to-chip or immersion cooling), AI HVAC, AI-optimised rack layout high-efficiency power infrastructure and more. The company is said to provide a plug-and-play environment for emerging technology service providers to grow their IT footprint seamlessly.

At present, CtrlS Datacenters has 12 state-of-the-art datacentres with 234 MW capacity spread across seven major cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Noida, Lucknow, and Patna. The investment plan involves the addition of approximately 350 MW capacity across new and existing hyperscale and edge data centres in India and select Southeast Asian markets.

Achieve Net Zero or Carbon Neutral by 2030:
CtrlS Datacenters is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030. It’s investing in 153-Megawatt peak (MWp) solar projects across three markets, that will generate 2,50,000-Megawatt hours (MWh) energy annually. These include a 145 MWp solar project in Maharashtra, fully owned and operated by the company. By 2025, CtrlS Datacenters plans to invest in additional 300 MWp projects.
CtrlS Datacenters aims to achieve its net zero goals through a multi-pronged strategy, going beyond renewable energy. The company will further enhance its water conservation measures by deploying more advanced water recycling technologies in line with its goal of 100% recycled water usage at all of its data centres.

Double headcount by 2029:
CtrlS Datacenters is aggressively strengthening the organisation by constantly hiring and skilling. It has brought on board several industry veterans from global MNCs to strengthen its leadership team and drive its growth. The global leadership team received a boost with Royce Thomas (from Equinix) joining as President and Chief Business Officer, Ashish Ahuja (from Google) joining as CTO, Vipin Jain (from AWS) joining as President of Datacentre Operations and Mohit Pande (from Jefferies) joining as CFO, besides other senior leaders.  
As CtrlS Datacenters expands its footprint and broadens its portfolio, the company said it will hire more than 1,000 people in the next six years.
“Since 2007, we have been committed to innovation and excellence, and the present surge in AI and cloud technologies warrants that we stay relevant to these changing market dynamics, while leading the charter of sustainability,” commented Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Founder and Chairman of CtrlS Datacenters.

“We aspire to not only bolster our presence across key markets delivering the next generation of datacentre technology but also to elevate the standard for the entire datacentre industry through pioneering services and sustainable practices,” added Pinnapureddy. 

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