Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) have launched their data center at Pitipana, a city 40 km. away from the country’s capital Colombo. This data center, South Asia’s first of its kind, supports SDN (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) technologies that allow scale, speed and load balancing for cloud computing services.
According to SLT, the tier-3 data center will be recognized as ‘National Data Center’ and provide cloud computing and data hosting facilities to businesses looking for end-to-end ICT solutions (Information and Communications Technology). They further added that, along with providing cloud services to businesses and enterprises, they will also be reducing their carbon footprint, for which they have sought the Gold Green certificate from the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka.
Explaining the state of digital adoption in the country, Harin Fernando, cabinet Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure of the Government of Sri Lanka, commented:
I believe, the country is getting ready to face the data explosion taking place. Today all the Public and Private enterprises are beginning to embrace Hosted managed services and Cloud services because it promises increased agility in addition to making a saving in OPEX and CAPEX.
It provides them the benefit of leveraging this infrastructure and the expertise of SLT without having to incur the substantial costs associated with deploying such solutions themselves.