Technopark is poised to become the biggest IT park in the country and if reports are to be believed, Technopark will also become home to the global software giant Microsoft.
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According to a top official of the IT department Microsoft is seeking space in the Technopark campus.
“Preliminary reports suggest that they are serious about taking space at Technopark. Things will become clearer in some days,” the official, who did not wish to be named.
Meanwhile the construction of the Technopark Phase 3 buildings is nearing completion and will be commissioned soon. Leading IT firms such as HCL, Oracle and CapGemini have already taken space in Technopark Phase-3.
“We have given nod to 25 IT companies who will use our plug-and-play facility. Each of these firms will have 20-50 employees. We have earmarked 60,000 square feet for them and they will start operations from September 1.” the IT department official added.
Technopark Phase-3 is spread over 92 acres and consists of two buildings – Aanamudi and Ponmudi – named after famous mountain peaks in the state. Start-up Huts which allows the start-ups to work in an eco-friendly environment has been designed to attract young entrepreneurs who are not in a position to make huge investments.
The one million square feet campus in Phase 3 are “Gold Rated” buildings. The buildings have 6 passenger lifts and 2 freight lifts, building management system and all other support facilities required by IT/ITES Companies. There is also a 110 KV substation which provides quality power through a dedicated ring of underground cables and provides 100% back-up power. It also consists of shopping malls, a commercial complex, a hotel and a convention centre.
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Currently Technopark has 280 companies providing employment to more than 40,000 professionals directly and around 150,000 people indirectly.
It is reported that Microsoft wants to set up a cloud computing facility with a seating space of about 30. Since the company has no plans to undertake any software export, it need not be allotted space in the special economic zone,.
“We have received an enquiry from Microsoft and it is only in the preliminary stages,” said a source.
Microsoft already has a couple of development centres in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Gurgaon.