BANGALORE: In a first for Bangalore, a building resistant to blasts, floods and earthquakes will be ready by early 2014. It will house a vital data hub of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Bangalore Data Centre, which will get CISF cover, will house the primary data (both demographic and biometric) centre for the entire country. The data relates to generation of Aadhaar cards.
Being built by Engineers India Ltd (EIL), the data centre is coming up next to Tatanagar Main Road, off NH-4, near Sahakarnagar. Spread over 6,245 sqm, the centre has a storage capacity of 6 peta bytes with 4,000 servers.
A senior EIL engineer said the building is blast proof with category ‘C’ rating. “The data storage won’t be impacted in explosions. The 500-mm-thick wall makes it a tough structure. In all likelihood, no structure in Bangalore has such safety specifications,” he added.
UIDAI’s office is a green building too
The building can withstand floods and quakes too. “Bangalore is under Zone-2 on the quake-sensitive scale, but the data centre is being built for the next level – Zone-3 – to make it safer. The building is at an elevation of 2.1 metres from the road level, staying free of flood threats,” a UIDAI official said.
UIDAI deputy director general Ashok Dalwai told TOI the shell of the building has been handed over to Wipro Infotech for developing the data centre. “Besides meeting global standards on safety and security, the structure will be a green building compliant with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold rating,” he said.
The complex will also house the technology centre and regional office of UIDAI. The building is likely to be ready by March 30. The UIDAI’s offices are currently spread out in Bangalore on rented premises – mini data centre is in Whitefield, technology development office in Marthahalli and regional office on Race Course Road.
Why is it vital?
UIDAI centre will have 6pb storage capacity, forecasting Aadhaar for 120 crore people. Capture of biometrics and demographic data amounts to 12pb data.
A million Aadhaar generations a day demands 15tb input/output and over 350 trillion biometric matches daily at current rate of enrolment.
Rs 116 crore will be spent on data centre; cumulative investment works out to Rs 234 crore.