Bharti Airtel, India’s one of the largest integrated telecommunications services provider, has appointed Rajesh Tapadia as Chief Executive Officer of its data centre and cloud business - Nxtra Data.
With the data centre and cloud services market in India slated to grow to a $4 Bn plus market by 2022, Airtel seeks to leverage the opportunity, with its integrated services portfolio and deep, secure networks.
In India, Airtel has B2B connectivity space with over 3000 global/large enterprises and has over 500,000 SMEs as customers. Nxtra Data, a subsidiary of Airtel, particularly focuses on data centre services, managed services and cloud services to top India and global enterprises, start-ups, SMEs and governments. It operates 10 large data centres along with 120 plus edge data centres located strategically across India and is building four new large data centres.
As the company seeks to reap more benefits of the growing economy, a strong leadership is critical to spearhead the entire team towards the right direction.
“The data centre and cloud segment is an important pillar in our strategy to address enterprise customers’ evolving needs. We have already undertaken some very ambitious projects in this area and our ambition is to leverage our strengths to gain disproportionate share in this space. I am confident that Rajesh with his stellar track record will add immense value to our plans. I welcome him to Airtel and wish him all the very best,” said Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia).
Rajesh Tapadia comes with an experience of over 24 years. He has worked with companies like Netmagic Solutions, Trimax, Global Cloud Xchange, Genpact and Reliance Infocomm. In his most recent role in Netmagic Solutions as Chief Service Officer and Executive Director on the Board, Rajesh managed data centre operations across multiple cities, running mission critical infrastructure for global customers. He has driven key initiatives on cyber security, multi-cloud and global managed services and also led the setting up of many prominent data centres in the country.
Driven by the rapid digitization of enterprises and uptake of digital services such as content and social media by customers, the market looks promising. But the demand of the customers have been changing rapidly, and there are many other threats and challenges as well that Tapadia and his team would have to navigate through. It would be interesting to see how Tapadia manages these complexities of the market and helps Nxtra Data become a market leader in India.