Web Werks and Iron Mountain have acquired land in Chennai, India, for two data centers.

“We are pleased to announce the strategic expansion of our joint venture with the acquisition of prime land in Chennai,” Web Werks said this week. “This move is set to bolster our Pan-India hyperscale footprint, catering to both hyperscale and enterprise demands through the development of two state-of-the-art data centers.”

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The four-acre parcel in the Ambattur area of the city will support two buildings – known as CHE-1 and CHE-2 – and offer a total of 36MW.

The buildings will be built to Tier III standards. Timelines for development weren't shared.

Iron Mountain and Web Werks formed a joint venture in 2021, with Iron Mountain saying at the time that it expected to invest $150 million over the next two years.

“As Chennai is one of India’s most important connectivity hubs, we are thrilled to be building capacity to meet hyperscale, network, content, public sector undertakings, and enterprise customer demand,” stated Mark Kidd, EVP & global general manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers & Asset Lifecycle Management.

“Our Pan-India expansion is focused on supporting our customers through their digital transformations and leveraging the rapid digital growth in the country. We look forward to bringing our core competencies of energy-efficient, network-dense, and highly secure colocation data centers to this thriving market.”

Web Werks signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tamil Nadu government to build data centers in and around Chennai back in July 2021.

In total, Web Werks has data centers in India, located in Pune, Bangalore, Noida, Mumbai, and Hyderabad in operation or development, both in the JV and as standalone efforts. The companies are also developing a 32MW facility in Mumbai known as MUM-3.

“Data center ecosystems require submarine cables, local consumption, and internet traffic to proliferate. Chennai is a desired location for data centers for those reasons plus ample land, power, and connectivity options,” said Nikhil Rathi, founder & CEO of Web Werks Data Centres.

“Located at a geographic high point, Ambattur is not prone to floods and is away from the typically crowded IT corridor. We are excited to offer our existing and future customers access to this new market and look forward to supporting their businesses with advanced hosting infrastructure, cloud-on ramp, network, and security services.”

Web Werks said it aims to be able to offer 90MW of new development across the key markets of Pune, Bangalore, Noida, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

MUM-2 in Navi Mumbai, BLR-1 in Bengaluru/Bangalore, and HYD-1 in Hyderabad are the three facilities under the JV in operation. The JV is also targeting Kolkata.