‘OrionStellar’ Digital Realty Director Supun Weerasinghe, Digital Realty Chairman Rajendra Theagarah, ICTA Chairman/TRCSL Director General Oshada Senanayake, Digital Realty CEO/MD Jeevan Gnanam and Digital Realty Director Pradeep de Almeida
Digital Reality Ltd. is a major step forward in Sri Lanka’s rapid transformation into a South Asian hub for IT and tech-enabled services. a capacity of more than 200 racks at Orion City IT Park – Colombo 09 under the brand name ‘OrionStellar’.
At the launch event, the President of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Oshada Senanayake, was the main guest, in addition to the enthusiastic participation of numerous high-ranking representatives of the burgeoning Sri Lankan IT, telecom and business sectors, as well as academia and key governments
Speaking at the meeting, Senanayake said: “The launch of Sri Lanka’s first carrier-neutral data center is part of an interesting paradigm shift that is already underway. So it’s great to see entrepreneurs step into this vital space and rise to the challenge of establishing the vital infrastructure needed for Sri Lanka to unleash its true potential. Particularly in the context of unprecedented volatility, technology has been a key factor in Sri Lanka’s ambitious transformation to a $3 billion digital economy
“We have continuously and aggressively invested in next-generation technologies, and today many of the essential components, including seven submarine cables connecting us to the rest of the world, are now in place so that Sri Lanka can become one of the regions. most attractive data hosting destinations. This in addition to digitizing Sri Lanka’s public and private sector. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. Other SAARC countries are also making bold progress and we cannot afford to fall behind.
“We see tremendous growth potential for Sri Lanka by embedding artificial intelligence and machine learning into public and private sector operations. Together with the robust 5G capabilities being introduced today, we believe that Sri Lanka will be able to unleash hypergrowth. Today’s launch of a truly globally competitive data center is an extremely important step in this direction.”
The recently launched high-density data center is designed to provide world-class services to support the rapidly increasing demand for computing power in an increasingly digital Sri Lankan economy. It promises the highest energy efficiency and power density up to 15 kW per rack with a total power of 1.5 MW.
“The launch of Sri Lanka’s first and most energy-efficient, high-density data center and the impressive capabilities it offers represents a historic milestone in the development of the island’s IT infrastructure. It is also an important step in our mission to radically simplify the digital infrastructure challenges for local and regional enterprises and dramatically improve the speed at which they do business,” said Rajendra Theagarajah, President of Digital Realty.
“Sri Lanka has several unique, valuable natural and cultivated advantages, making it an ideal option for securely and reliably storing data at scale. Geographically, we are located just offshore from one of the largest emerging IT economies and in close proximity to key markets in Asia,” said Jeevan Gnanam, Founder/Director and Digital Realty Managing Director of Orion City.
“Our country also has outstanding IT talent and takes one of the most proactive stances in the region with IT and connected infrastructure. Now that our DC is online, we can provide customers with the best globally competitive services to accelerate their digitization journeys, rationalize core infrastructure costs, and achieve a stronger level of security and redundancy, while reducing and contributing to energy costs towards a green and prosperous economy,” Gnanam added.
Built in accordance with the latest ISO 27001 and global data center standards (TIA-942 Rated 3), the new data center offers the highest level of reliability, efficiency and redundancy with 99.98% uptime. The center features a power infrastructure with two (N+1) UPS systems with a 30-minute battery backup time, and an N+1 generator system backed with fuel tanks that last for 72 hours, ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted power supply.
Notably, the facility has also been designed with an unparalleled focus on environmental sustainability, enabled by an in-row cooling system with best-in-class efficiency ratings. As a result, OrionStellar guarantees the best power consumption efficiency (PUE) with a design PUE of 1.4. This will translate into energy savings of up to 40% for customers migrating their IT loads to OrionStellar. The facility also features an unloading area ready to receive customer inventory for hosting and a staging area to test equipment before entering the data hall.
OrionStellar is poised to offer a range of digital infrastructure solutions and value-added managed services to enterprises. It will support the rapidly escalating demand for computing power in an increasingly digital Sri Lankan economy and the region at large, with a special emphasis on providing highly cost-effective data offshoring services for regional enterprise powerhouses.
The long-term business goal is to “simplify the challenges of enterprise digital infrastructure to accelerate digitization and growth,” said OrionStellar COO Nalaka W. Bandara, a specialist in enterprise communications solutions and data center companies with more than 20 years of collective experience.
OrionStellar’s colocation solutions are designed to meet the needs of different business segments with different requirements. The facility has already designated white-label space for telcos and larger MNCs, with dedicated biometric access-controlled cages for large enterprises. Individual racks with biometric or lockable doors and U-level hosting for SMB and start-up hosting needs are among the product options complemented with ‘Remote Pair of Hands’ service as added value.
Notably, each co-location space or rack is individually monitored, even down to U-level, for power supply and consumption to ensure customers only pay for what they use, enabling cost visibility and control over their digital infrastructure investments .
In addition, the OrionStellar data center offers a range of value-added services, including storage as a service, backup as a service, to protect mission-critical business data, disaster recovery solutions during unexpected downtime, and cost-effective data center migration services with minimal disruption to key business functions.
Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a full spectrum of services, Orion Towers in Orion City offers excellent workspace solutions ranging from bespoke office spaces, dedicated seating, shared seating and BCP Seating. OrionStellar customers can conveniently cluster their IT Network Operations Centers (NOCs) near the data center with easy access to banks, shopping malls, recreational facilities, food courts and gourmet restaurants.
“The OrionStellar data center is guaranteed to unleash a new wave of technology-enabled opportunities across the spectrum of local enterprises – from SMEs and tech startups to large corporations and regional MNCs,” Gnanam claimed. 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 a hub in this digital economy.”