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Meta to Build its First Indian Data Center in Reliance Chennai Campus

Last Updated on 02nd April 2024

Meta is reportedly establishing its inaugural data center in India, located at the Reliance Industries campus in Chennai. The facility will be able to process user-generated content locally, thus ensuring faster data processing speeds and compliance with India’s stringent data protection laws.


Moreover, this move aligns with the global trend of companies localizing data storage to meet evolving regulatory requirements and enhance the user experience. Currently, data from Indian users across Meta’s platforms is managed at a Meta data center in Singapore.


Meta to Build its First Indian Data Center in Reliance Chennai Campus


This decision is pivotal for Meta's entry into Indian data center market. The facility is expected to be housed at the Reliance Industries campus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The new data center marks a pivotal milestone for Meta's operations in India.


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This development holds significance on multiple fronts. Firstly, the exponential growth of Meta's user base in India necessitates localized infrastructure to ensure optimal performance and user satisfaction. Secondly, the increasingly stringent data privacy regulations worldwide reinforce the importance of storing data closer to its source. Finally, the pursuit of enhanced user experiences through expedited processing and localized content delivery further underscores the necessity of data localization strategies.


Beyond expedited data processing, a local data center offers numerous advantages. Meta can utilize this data center infrastructure to deliver targeted, culturally relevant advertisements, thereby enriching the user experience for Indian audiences. Additionally, the data center's capabilities could make it easier to run sizable artificial intelligence (AI) models like Meta's Llama series, which Indian businesses frequently use for a variety of applications and model refinements.


Read: CtrlS Invests $482 Million to Develop Hyper-Scale Data Center Park in Chennai


Some  key objectives of the project:


Local Content Processing

The new Meta data center location will allow Indian users to process data locally instead of utilizing the Singapore data center. This is expected to result in faster data processing and improved user experience.


Compliance with Data Protection Laws

The local processing of user-generated content is a critical step towards achieving compliance with India’s stringent new data protection laws.


Enhanced User Experience

The new data center is expected to translate to a more responsive and efficient user experience for Indian users on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.


Support for AI Models

The data center’s capabilities could support the operation of large artificial intelligence (AI) models. Meta’s Llama series of open-source large language models is one of the most used foundational models by Indian enterprises. It is being used to create applications and to fine-tune models trained on proprietary data.


Read: Google to Develop $1 Billion Data Center in Kansas City, USA


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