Supposedly the tech giant, Microsoft, is planning to build the largest data centre in Telangana. The investment is estimated to be $2 billion, i.e., INR 15,000 crore. It has just been a year since Amazon decided to build its data centre in Telangana worth $2.77 billion, and the state is planning to get the largest Microsoft data centre outside the USA. Microsoft had already built the largest development centre in Hyderabad in 1988.
Earlier in January this year, the IT and industry minister of Telangana, KT Rao, disapproved of this idea of Microsoft during a discussion with Microsoft CEO and chairman, Satya Nadella. However, the discussion and the planning are taking a positive route. Microsoft is having a final discussion with the officials and is most likely to make the announcements.
PTI says that the discussions are in the final stage. Issues regarding the location and investment are yet to be finalized. Microsoft is willing to set up a data centre here, but it is not yet officially confirmed.
Microsoft has requested Indian officials to not disclose any details regarding the discussion.
Sources claim that the company is looking for appropriate land near Hyderabad, mostly in Shamshabad, Maheshwaram, and Shabad. From this information, it seems like Microsoft is planning something big for Hyderabad.
Along with India, Microsoft is planning to build its data centres in 10 more countries this year. Noella Walsh, corporate vice president at Microsoft, has said multiple times that they are on the verge of building between 50-100 data centres every year for the betterment of the company.
Further, Amazon Web Services has also planned to build another data centre in India. In November, they announced that, after Mumbai, Telangana was going to be their next spot. It is assumed that it will be operating by mid-2022.
There is no other news regarding the Microsoft data centre and, no reply has been received via Microsoft PR. The details are yet to be disclosed. Once everything is confirmed, it will be a great new day for the state and a successful step towards development.
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