GPX India has deployed India’s first Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) together with Nokia, implemented by licensed service provider, to connect its two data centres in Mumbai.  This will ensure a reliable and high-speed up to 10 Tbps connectivity between the two data centres. The solution offers cost efficiency while enhancing simplicity.

India is recording an unprecedented increase in data consumption in all segments. On the one hand growing consumption of video streaming and video content on various over-the-top applications is driving growth from subscribers. Hotstar had over 25 million simultaneous viewers for cricket world cup, highest ever viewership globally. As per Nokia’s Mobile Broadband Index report 2019, the average data usage in India is over 10GB per smartphone which is amongst the highest in the world. On the other hand, enterprises are leveraging new technologies like internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud. All these trends are resulting in deployment of more servers and storage devices at data centres (DC), increasing demand for data centre space for expansion and high speed dedicated connectivity between these multiple data centres, something which exists in countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and US. GPX is investing in data centre infrastructure and has recently established its second data centre in Andheri East area of Mumbai to support its customers across Carriers, Content, Cloud (3C) and enterprises. To interconnect the two data centres, GPX India has now deployed Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch that provides robust and scalable interconnect between the two data centres.

Nokia’s solution can support 1G, 10 G and 100 G bandwidths and can scale up to 200G and 600G in the future to support the growing demand. The solution also has three divergent fibre path protection which offers smooth change-over to another pair in a few milliseconds in case of a fibre cut, without any service disruption for the customer. Additionally, two parallel networks have been deployed to provide redundancy in rare case of failure of equipment.

Commenting on the development, Manoj Paul, managing director, GPX India, said “GPX has many firsts to its name and the Nokia DWDM solution-based DCI network which can support multiple 10tbps, is yet another added to the list. Apart from its built-in fibre and equipment level redundancy, being a point-to-point network using single run fibre without joints and built solely for the purpose of connecting the DCs makes it more reliable, secure and affordable.  This model of data centre interconnectivity, first in India, will enable DCs to grow and provide a campus type environment enable customers to expand between various DC sites in close proximity without any hassles”

Further, Vinish Bawa, head of emerging business, Nokia India, said, “We are excited to partner with GPX India in providing a world-class experience to their customers. Our DCI solution will allow GPX India to cost-efficiently scale while ensuring reliability and business continuity in the network. This is an important deployment for us as it is the first DCI project for Nokia in the country. We look forward to having a long-term and fulfilling partnership with GPX India.”