1.GPX Global Systems


GPX Global Systems builds and operates private, carrier-neutral Internet Exchanges (IX’s) and Internet Data Centers (IDC’s) in emerging, commercial markets. The company offers a world-class, carrier-neutral collocation infrastructure, and environment to clients seeking to broaden their exposure and growth into new lucrative emerging global markets. GPX operates datacenters for many Global 2000 Enterprise and Carrier clients, including Citigroup, JP Morgan, Exxon Mobil, ABM Amro, Microsoft, eBay, AOL, Google, Sprint, MCI, SBC, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom, and many others.
One of GPX’s three gateway hubs is present in Mumbai. This hub is used by GPX’s global clients and business continuity is their chief concern. GPX Indian facility is an energy-efficient, green building certified by LEED and was a winner of the 2010 CRISIL-CREDAI Real Estate Award for ‘Most Innovative Building Design’.
The structure “Boomerang”, a 1.2 million sq ft complex at Chandivali Farm Road in Mumbai, the country’s largest single project floor plate for commercial utility. 
The clients approached Sunanda’s Concrete Materials Consultancy Division, to provide a guaranteed and waterproof structure for housing their critical servers and associated IT infrastructure. This site was especially complicated due to the large floor plate of 40000 square feet. 

Initial pond test uncovered a large number of leakages in the slab which were immediate points of concern for the clients whose topmost business priority was “continuous operations with zero unplanned downtime”. 

A step-by-step analysis was carried out by Sunanda’s Concrete Materials consultancy Division, presented to the clients, approved by their International Consultants, Archway Global Systems as well as their domestic consultants, Exigo International. 

GPX Global Systems, Boomerang, Mumbai

Related links 

Keeping India’s booming IT industry waterproof
Case Study I – Edelweiss/IBM
Case Study III – Harvard Business School/Taj Lands’ End 

About author 

Ms. Ishita Manjrekar is a director at Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd and oversees Sunanda’s R&D, with a specific focus on developing and marketing Sunanda’s line of sustainable construction chemicals. In this role, Ishita draws on 4 years of rich experience in sustainability at Primary Global Research in San Francisco and New York. While at Primary Global Research Ishita led the “Green Technologies” business unit. She has been invited to feature on Bloomberg TV as well as Bloomberg Radio numerous times as a subject matter expert on sustainability and green technologies. 

Ms. Manjrekar expertise has also been sought by multiple print media including Reuters, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, BBC News and Market Watch. Ms. Manjrekar has travelled to over 20 countries and regularly publishes research papers on sustainability and green construction chemicals in journals of national and international repute. Most recently she was invited to present a paper on sustainable solutions being developed in Sunanda’s ISO 9001:2008 certified R&D lab at ACI’s Spring Convention in Pittsburgh USA. Ishita also spoke on the latest innovations in sustainable underwater concreting practices at the International Conference on Sustainability organized by the India Chapter of American Concrete Institute at Mumbai. As an expert in green construction chemicals, Ishita is often invited to be on peer review panels for papers published in National and International publications. 

Ms. Manjrekar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (erstwhile UDCT). She also holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) in New York, USA.