The Indian IT hub Bangalore has been hit by a series of seven bombings this morning, which have killed one person and injured others. Bangalore is the capital of India's outsourcing industry and home to more than 1,500 top firms, including Infosys Technologies and Wipro. Many U.S. tech firms also have significant operations there, including Intel, Microsoft and HP.
Om Malik at GigaOm reflects on the implications of the Bangalore bombings for the IT industry:
Despite the breakneck growth, the city in Southern India was viewed as a laid back and progressive place, devoid of the terrorist activity that had pockmarked India's major destinations such as Delhi and Bombay. Today all that changed. ... It's not clear who might be behind these terrorist attacks, but one thing is clear, this is going to have an impact on Silicon Valley and U.S. companies. Bangalore has become integral to Silicon Valley's life, as indicated by the packed flights that go directly into the city.
Will the bombings have a chilling effect on Bangalore's IT industry? It's too early to say how these events will resonate in the data center industry, where risk reduction plays a large role in the selection of sites and providers.
Prior to the bombings, the leading concern in Bangalore had been a shortage of diesel fuel. Many data centers in Bangalore rely upon diesel generators as their primary power because of the unreliability of local power supplies. HP's new data center in Bangalore is supported by generators.