AdaniConneX joint venture targets data center construction in India

Feb. 23, 2021
The joint venture will develop and operate data centers of varying sizes throughout India, with a goal to develop 1 GW of data center capacity over the next decade.

Infrastructure business development organization Adani Enterprises, part of the Adani Group, and data center operator EdgeConneX have announced their collaboration to create AdaniConneX. The joint venture will develop and operate data centers of varying sizes throughout India, with a goal to develop 1 GW of data center capacity over the next decade. Construction of facilities in Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag, and Hyderabad have already begun, say the partners.

The joint venture will leverage EdgeConneX’s data center expertise as well as Adani’s skills in full-stack energy management, renewable power, and real estate development, as well as its experience in building and managing large infrastructure projects in the country. AdaniConneX will develop hyperscale data center campuses as well as edge facilities. The latter will be designed to scale with demand and become full-scale data center campuses. Adani and EdgeConneX expect the new facilities will largely be powered by renewable energy.

“In Adani, we have the ideal partner in India,” said Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX. “They possess the necessary capabilities and unique expertise in India required to build out critical digital infrastructure that can best support our customers across the entire country. We look forward to investing in the digital economy of India and meeting our customers’ needs throughout the region in collaboration with Adani.”

“One of the best manifestations of our Honorable Prime Minister’s Digital India vision is the speed with which the entire Indian population has come online and the subsequent continued exponential growth in data consumption,” added Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group. “India currently has one of world’s largest data subscriber population and to address the need for a reliable infrastructure to support cloud, content, network, IoT, 5G, AI, and enterprise requirements, data centers are a fundamental infrastructure need of a nation. The Adani Group brings to the table a unique combination of green power, real estate expertise, access to undersea cable landing stations, and several nodes across the country that will serve as edge locations. In addition to EdgeConneX’s domain expertise and cutting-edge technology in the data center business, we have been very impressed with the agility they bring to the joint venture.”

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