As India embraced lockdown in March 2020 to combat the spread of pandemic, all industries faced the challenge of keeping their businesses going. How did various industries address this challenge? While most of the manufacturing sector, barring essential services came to standstill, those delivering services through digital medium were able to continue their operations due to the seamless support provided by the data center industry.
The data center industry as part of the nation’s ‘essential services’ took center-stage by providing support to industries, institutions as well as individuals affected by the ongoing crisis. The growing dependence of several industries on this digital infrastructure partially helped to mitigate the impact of the lockdown. Industries such as IT/ITeS, BFSI, e-commerce, capital markets, social media and education remained operational, thanks to India’s 375 megawatt (IT power load) capacity.