GCX Completes India Data Center, Inches Closer To Eagle Subsea Network

Reliance Communications’ subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange or GCX Tuesday announced that it has completed its India Landing of IDC-5, claimed to be India’s largest Data Center, in preparation for the new Eagle Subsea Network, which is on target to land in India in 2020.

“When Eagle lands in two years, it will be connected to the world’s largest cloud operators inside India’s newest and largest data center,” said Bill Barney, CEO of RCOM, and Chairman & CEO of GCX. “We are delighted to have completed IDC-5 in time to make it an anchor on the world’s ‘Cloud & Fiber initiative’ which will play a pivotal role in the hyper growth of technology expansion across the Emerging Markets Corridor.”

The new IDC-5 Data Center, located at Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC) in Mumbai, has the capacity of 40MW over its almost 450,000 square feet built-up area and 6,000-rack capacity. IDC-5 is a Green Data Center and IGBC pre-certified for Gold rating. With a best-inclass design, IDC-5 has a separate utility block for high-voltage equipment and DG sets. It is a purpose-built facility with robust floor loading of 1,200 Kg/Sq m and designed for Earthquake Seismic Zone 4.

“India has a key strategic location in the global submarine cable network. New cables extending
to the East and West from India will help to accommodate surging capacity demand and enhance network resiliency,” said Alan Mauldin, Research Director, TeleGeography. “Demand for international bandwidth between Europe and Asia is expected to increase nearly 9-fold between 2017 and 2023 and bandwidth linking Europe to the Middle East is forecasted to increase seven-fold during the same period.”

The Eagle express cable system, when it lands in Mumbai, will drive 120Tbps of capacity towards Hong Kong and 120Tbps towards Europe. The new network will be based on state-ofthe-art 100G technology using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. The company plans to announce the Hong Kong and European landing points in the next 60 to 90 days Eagle will be the fastest Mumbai to Hong Kong route, avoiding the outage-prone Malacca Strait.

In addition, Eagle will also be the fastest submarine route between India and key technology centers across the Middle East and Europe. The Eagle cable system will create a NextGeneration IP and Cloud environment across the Emerging Markets Corridor into GCX’s Cloud ecosystem, connecting data centers and economies along the route to its India hub.

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