Tour one of India's largest data centers

Tulip Data City (TDC) is among India's very largest data center players, offering more than 1 million sq. ft. of space, spanning over 4 cities.

Tour one of India's largest data centers
Tour one of India's largest data centers

Tulip Data City (TDC) is located in Bangalore, India; the colocation data center is carrier-neutral. Tulip is among India's very largest data center players, offering more than 1 million sq. ft. of space, spanning over 4 cities. With the increasing criticality of IT services and decreasing IT budgets, TDC asserts that it has a hosting architecture optimally designed for delivering standardized services efficiently and cost-effectively.


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The Tulip Data City (TDC) has been designed based on the recommendations made by the telecommunication industry associations. Drafted in 2005, TIA 942 is the [core] standard [used by the facility] to address data center infrastructure, covering aspects like space/layout, cabling infrastructure, redundancy, environment conditions, energy, etc. The data center is provisioned with up to 66 kV line power, available from 2 sub-stations on a high-tension format (7.5 MW). As of 2012, the facility had received government sanction for receiving up to 40 MW power, and it has up to 7.5 MW power available, while the usage is around 4 MW only. Considering the energy benchmarks, the facility's PUE comes up to 1.9 if utilized to full capacity, and at present it is in the range of 1.4-1.6.

The data center's operators say they have maintained N+N redundancy for every component required in the data center, including the transformers. These are also equipped with Novec 1230 extinguishers, fire-retardant paints on the doors that can stand glazing fire for up to 2-3 hours, and 200-400 kVA UPS and back-up batteries that can take the load for 20 minutes in full load.

Claiming to be first of its kind, TDC has a separate PAHU room and separate IT and electrical room, no non-IT entry in the server room. TDC employs a closed containment cooling system, where the entire rack space is in a glass enclosure that maintains the temperature of the confinement rather cooling the entire room. The chiller plant is situated on the roof of the edifice. The water follows a closed circular system, wherein the same water is used over and over again.

While the entire TDC is spread over 900,000 sq ft (as big as 12 Taj Mahal monuments taken together), the facilty's server built-up area takes up approximately 45,000 sq ft. Every floor plate has a capacity of nearly 20,000 sq. ft. or up to 600 racks in 6 kV per rack. Every enclosure has a surveillance camera and rows of pipelines hanging with the ceiling. These are very early separate ad (VESDA) pipelines to detect any change in the air's chemical composition and provide early-warning alerts, and a second line of pipelines carrying inert gas that can automatically decompose into natural gas.

The building has 4 towers, warehouse and staging areas available on the ground floor, and a NOC in the first floor. This is an 80-seat space with availability for IT and non-IT control and L1/L2 support. It also offers a telco room for telecom service providers, and a 1,500-seated space available as a DR center for clients.

More Technical Info:Tulip Data City (datacentermap.com)

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