CtrlS Datacenters Limted has announced its plan to invest $2 billion over the next six years. The company has identified key areas of focus as it looks to scale its operations, reaffirm its commitment to the region, and further establish its leadership position.

The company is focused on adding 350 MW of artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-ready hyperscale data centres. With the massive surge in adoption of AI applications and cloud technologies, the demand for AI and cloud ready data centres is on the rise. CtrlS Datacenters will invest in several key technologies and strategies in areas such as advanced cooling, power management, and overall infrastructure design in its new hyperscale data centres. These will include liquid cooling (direct-to-chip or immersion cooling), AI heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), AI optimised rack layout, high-efficiency power infrastructure etc., and will provide a plug-n-play environment for emerging technology service providers to grow their IT footprint seamlessly. At present, CtrlS Datacenters has 12 state-of-the-art data centres 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 both India and select Southeast Asian markets.

Another focus area for the company is achieving Net Zero or carbon neutrality by 2030. CtrlS Datacenters is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030. The company is investing in 153-megawatt peak (MWp) solar projects across three markets, that will generate 250,000-Megawatt Hours (MWh) energy annually. This includes a 145 MWp solar project in Maharashtra that will be fully owned and operated by the company. By 2025, CtrlS Datacenters plans to invest in additional 300 MWp projects. The company aims to achieve its net zero goals through a multi-pronged strategy, going beyond renewable energy. They will further enhance its water conservation measures by deploying more advanced water recycling technologies in line with its goal of 100 per cent usage of recycled water at all of its datacentres.

Further, the company aims at increasing headcount by 2029.- The company has brought onboard several industry veterans from global multinational corporations 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 chief technology officer, Vipin Jain (from AWS) joining as president-datacentre operations and Mohit Pande (from Jefferies) joining as chief financial officer, besides other senior leaders.  As the company expands its footprint and broadens its portfolio, the company is expected to hire over 1,000 people in the next six years.

Commenting on the announcement, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, founder and chairman, CtrlS Datacenters, said, “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. We aspire to not only bolster our presence across key markets delivering the next generation of data centre technology, but also to elevate the standard for the entire data centre industry through pioneering services and sustainable practices.”