by Juliana Kenny
The tw0-day Gartner Infrastructure, Operations and Data Center Summit launched Monday in Mumbai, India, with promising data on India’s information technology growth. The research firm says that the Indian IT infrastructure market (which includes server, storage and networking equipment) will total $2.02 billion in 2015 — a 3.3% increase from 2014.
Data center modernizations are going to be the main driver for this growth over the coming year. Even as the country pushes its way into cloud computing, the internet of things, and more advanced wireless technologies, the data center infrastructure will necessarily have to be the backbone, especially for the enterprise.
The firm quotes Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner: “Indian IT infrastructure is poised to be a $2.29 billion market by 2018. The Indian infrastructure market will witness investments primarily fueled by data center modernization initiatives to drive uninterrupted and better quality of service.”
It has been no secret that global technology giants have been heavily looking to get footholds in various tech industries in India. Samsung launched its homegrown mobile operating system Tizen on its Z1 device in India as its first selected market earlier this year. In early May, Microsoft launched Edu-Cloud in the country — a cloud computing-based service that is designed to enhance digital learning and teaching in schools and higher education institutions. The mobile market has been exploding in the country for a few years now; its startup culture is getting international investment; and networking companies have been watching how India is supporting a new era of infrastructure, specifically cloud-based and even software-defined networking. Indeed, Gartner says that this investment in networking will play a huge role in the coming growth for India’s IT sector. Despite a projected server revenue dip of 4.7% from 2014 to $658 million in 2015, it is expected to bounce back in 2016, and forecasted to total $698 million. Additionally, India’s welcoming of more advanced technologies like bitcoin, other e-pay services, etc. have fueled a burgeoning e-commerce industry that has been turning heads, despite the government’s push-back against some of these more revolutionary technologies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been straddling the proverbial fence when it comes to tech development — something that seems to be an ongoing theme with his administration. The government has frowned upon the introduction of technologies like bitcoin and been heavily criticized for web censorship practices all while Modi calls for international investment into India’s technology sector. While the market has a long way to go on all fronts, there is no doubt that with investment pouring in, infrastructure development will be a hot spot of growth over the next few years.