CAD, PLM boost Bangalore’s image as datacenter hub

by Darinia Khongwir    May 13, 2013

Data Centre

The proliferation of datacenters is getting higher in India every year, thanks to smartphones, Facebook and Twitter, Google and YouTube.  Bangalore too is fast becoming a top destination for setting up of datacenters.

Technology market researcher Gartner estimates Indian datacentre footprint at 4 million square feet, and estimated to grow to 6.6 million sq ft by 2016, with service providers driving majority of the growth. In terms of market size, it is projected to grow to $3 billion (Rs 16,320 crore) from $2.2 billion (Rs 11,960 crore) in the same period.

When Applied Materials deployed a datacenter in Bangalore, it spelled of better things to come for the city as a hub for datacenters. Nagaraj Bhat, Director, Global Information Services, Applied Materials India, said that Bangalore had the highest number of engineers that use the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) infrastructure. “After evaluating several major cities in Asia in the capability, real estate and operating costs, we selected Bangalore because it has the largest user base for CAD engineers and it was natural for us to build the datacenter here,” said Bhat. 

India is our second largest resource pool outside the U.S., and we will continue to have a keen focus on engineering and software. In addition, around 50 percent of our global IT workforce (including outsourced associates) is located in India delivering support and IT solutions to our business units globally.
- Nagaraj Bhat, Director, Global Information Services, Applied Materials, India

The global WAN network was engineered to support remote CAD capabilities. Today, the CAD computing shifted from the desktop/workstation to central datacenter that provide the highest level of data integrity of the CAD vault, remote import capabilities, high speed (10G) computing capability between server, storage and applications over high performance network infrastructure, higher degree of Intellectual property protection (IP) since no CAD work leaves the datacenter. Most importantly is the ability for CAD engineers to work from home.

Bhat said that building a high-density enterprise datacenter in Bangalore was a strategic decision to support the growing business presence in Asia and shift the manufacturing and engineering capabilities to Asia. “The Bangalore datacenter is our second largest datacenter globally. This facility enhances the ability of engineers in India, Xi’an, Singapore and Taiwan to enable engineering collaboration,” said Bhat.

The CAD engineers across Asia can leverage the private CAD on the cloud infrastructure hosted in Bangalore over International Multi-Protocol Local Switching network without having to replicate the PLM instances at each location. It even allows them to work from home or customer sites using their laptop over remote access connections.

Applied Materials in India will continue to work with various stakeholders towards enabling a robust semiconductor and solar manufacturing ecosystem.