In a big step forward in Sri Lanka’s rapid transformation to become a South Asian hub for IT and technology services, Digital Reality (Pvt) Ltd. -3 standards and a capacity of over 200 racks at Orion City IT Park, Colombo 09 under the OrionStellar brand.
The launch event featured the Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Oshada Senanayake, as the main guest, besides attracting the enthusiastic participation of many high-ranking officials from Sri Lanka. Lanka’s booming IT, telecommunications and business sectors, as well as universities and key government officials, said a press release on the event.
Addressing the assembly, Senanayake said: “Today’s launch of Sri Lanka‘s first operator neutral data center is part of an interesting paradigm shift that is already underway. . So it is great to see entrepreneurs step into this vital space and take on the challenge of building the vital infrastructure needed in Sri Lanka to unleash its true potential. Especially against the backdrop of unprecedented volatility, technology has been a key catalyst in Sri Lanka’s ambitious transformation to a US $ 3 billion digital economy.
“We have continuously and aggressively invested in the next generation of technology, and today many critical components – including 7 submarine cables that connect us to the rest of the world – are now in place to make Sri Lanka the world’s home. one of the most attractive destinations for data hosting. This in addition to digitizing the public and private sectors of Sri Lanka. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. Other SAARC countries are also making bold progress and we cannot afford to fall behind.
“We see immense growth potential for Sri Lanka through the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning into public and private sector operations. With the strong 5G capabilities that are in place today, we believe Sri Lanka will be able to trigger hyper-growth. Today’s launch of a truly globally competitive data center is a vitally important step in that direction ”,
The new high-density data center is designed to deliver world-class services to meet the growing demand for computing power in Sri Lankan‘s increasingly digital economy. It promises the highest energy efficiency and power density up to 15 kW per rack with a total power capacity of 1.5 MW.
“The launch of Sri Lanka’s first high-density and most energy-efficient data center and the impressive capabilities it offers represent a historic milestone in the development of the island’s IT infrastructure. It’s also an important step in our mission to radically simplify the challenges of digital infrastructure for local and regional businesses, and dramatically improve the speed at which they do business. Digital Realty President Rajendra Theagarajah said.
“Sri Lanka enjoys several natural and cultivated advantages of unique value that make it an ideal option for storing data securely and reliably on a large scale. Geographically, we are located just offshore of one of the largest emerging IT economies and close to key Asian markets, ”said Jeevan Gnanam, Founder / Director of Orion City and Managing Director of Digital Realty.
“Our country also has exceptional IT talent and takes one of the region’s most proactive positions in IT and connected infrastructure. With our DC now online, we will be able to provide customers with the best globally competitive services to accelerate their digitization journeys, streamline core infrastructure costs, and establish higher levels of security and redundancy. , while reducing energy costs and contributing towards a green and prosperous economy, ”added Gnanam.
Built in accordance with the latest ISO 27001 and Global Data Center Standards (TIA-942 rated 3), the new data center will deliver the highest levels of reliability, efficiency and redundancy with 99.98% availability . The center has a power infrastructure with 2 UPS systems (N + 1) with 30 minutes battery runtime and a supported N + 1 generator system with 72 hour fuel tanks providing power supply reliable and uninterrupted.
Notably, the facility was also designed with an unrivaled emphasis on environmental sustainability through an in-row cooling system with best-in-class efficiency ratings. As a result, OrionStellar guarantees the best power use efficiency (PUE) with a design PUE of 1.4. This will translate into energy savings of up to 40% for customers who migrate their IT loads to OrionStellar. The facility also includes an offload bay ready to receive customer inventory for hosting and a staging area for testing equipment before entering the data room.
OrionStellar is poised to deliver a range of digital infrastructure solutions and value-added managed services to businesses. It will support the rapid increase in demand for computing power in an increasingly digital Sri Lankan economy and the region as a whole, with a particular focus on providing highly cost-effective data offshoring services for businesses. large regional companies.
The long-term business goal is to “simplify the challenges of enterprise digital infrastructure to accelerate digitization and growth” according to OrionStellar COO, Nalaka W. Bandara, specialist in enterprise communication solutions and data centers with more than 20 years of collective experience.
OrionStellar colocation solutions have been designed to meet the needs of different business segments with varying requirements. The facility has already designated a white label space for telecom operators and large multinationals, with dedicated cages with biometric access control for large companies. Individual racks with biometric or lockable doors and U-level hosting for the hosting needs of SMEs and startups are part of the product options complemented by the “Remote Pair of Hands” service as added value.
Notably, each colocation space or rack will be individually monitored, even at U-level, for delivery and power consumption to ensure customers only pay for what they use, allowing cost visibility and control. of their investments in digital infrastructure.
In addition, the OrionStellar data center offers a range of value-added services including storage as a service, backup as a service to secure critical business data, disaster recovery solutions during downtime. Unexpected shutdown and cost-effective data center migration services with minimal disruption to core business functions.
Orion Towers in Orion City is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a full range of services, offering top-notch workspace solutions ranging from bespoke office spaces, dedicated seating, seating shared and BCP seats. OrionStellar corporate clients can easily co-locate their Computer Network Operations Centers (NOCs) closest to the data center with convenient access to banks, shopping malls, leisure facilities, food courts and gourmet restaurants.
“The OrionStellar data center is guaranteed to unleash a new wave of technology opportunities across the spectrum of local businesses – from SMEs and tech startups to large corporations and regional multinationals,” said Jeevan Gnanam. He further explained that “with the launch of this high density data center, we aim to establish the most secure and scalable infrastructure to position Sri Lanka as the hub of this digital economy.”