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IBM, Tulip partner on India's largest datacenter

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On Tuesday, IBM revealed a partnership with Indian Internet service provider Tulip Telecom to design and build the largest datacenter in India.

On Tuesday, IBM revealed a partnership with Indian Internet service provider Tulip Telecom to design and build the largest datacenter in India -- nay, all of Asia.

The datacenter -- the world's third largest, believe it or not -- spans more than 900,000 square feet and is comprised of 20 modular datacenters in a four-tower building. It supports up to 100 megawatts of electricity.

It's "designed to international green building standards" -- though which, it's not clear. It will be named "Tulip Data City" and will be located in Bangalore.

Given the latest path that digital infrastructure is taking, the facility will be dedicated to cloud and networking services. Scale is the name of the game here, and the facility is constructed with expansion in mind as Tulip's business expands. (Indian adoption of mobile technology is, unsurprisingly, increasing rapidly.)

The company's data network reaches more than 2,000 locations in India and it has 1,800 enterprise customers on hand.

"Our goal is to be the largest data connectivity and managed services provider," said Tulip managing director Hardeep Singh Bedi. "To succeed, we needed a modernized data center that could support both business and operational requirements."

More, via the company's promotional video:

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