Digital Reality (Pvt) Ltd. launched the first carrier-neutral, high-density data center built under TIA Tier-3, a major step forward in Sri Lanka’s rapid transformation into a South Asian hub for IT and tech-enabled services. standards and a capacity of over 200 racks in 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, in addition to attracting enthusiastic participation from numerous from senior representatives from Sri Lanka. The fast-growing IT, telecom and business sectors in Lanka, as well as academia and key government officials.
Addressing the meeting, Senanayake said: “Today’s 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 into a $3 billion digital economy
“We have continuously and aggressively invested in next-generation technologies, and today many of the essential components – including 7 submarine cables connecting us to the rest of the world – are now in place to help Sri Lanka 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 businesses and dramatically improve the speed at which they do their business.” The chairman of Digital Realty, Rajendra Theagarajah, said.
“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 just offshore of 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 stronger levels of security and redundancy, while reducing energy costs and contributing to 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 has a power infrastructure with 2 (N+1) UPS systems with a 30-minute battery backup time, and an N+1 generator system backed by 72-hour fuel tanks for 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: “simplify the challenges of enterprise digital infrastructure to accelerate digitization and growth,” said COO of OrionStellar, 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 special biometric access-controlled cages for large enterprises. Individual racks with biometric or lockable doors and U-level hosting for SMB and startup hosting needs are among the product options, complemented by “Remote Pair of Hands” service as an 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 core business operations. .
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,” claimed 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 a hub in this digital economy.”
photo – Orion Stellar 2 – Director of Digital Realty Supun Weerasinghe, Digital Realty Chairman Rajendra Theagarah, ICTA Chairman and TRCSL Director General Oshada Senanayake, Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer/MD Jeevan Gnanam and Digital Realty Director Pradeep De Almeida
(LR): ICTA Chairman and TRCSL Director General Oshada Senanayake and Digital Realty Chairman Rajendra Theagarah opens Sri Lanka’s first carrier-neutral and high-density data center