Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched a range of cloud computing services under the ‘akaza’ banner, providing end-to-end cloud computing for businesses/organisations including an infrastructure as a service (IAAS) platform that provides shared computing resources, eliminating the need for clients to invest in infrastructure and equipment, with the aim of achieving ‘enhanced agility, quick service delivery, and cost efficiencies whilst providing maximum return on investment (ROI) as well as improved scalability.’ Through akaza, customers will be connected to SLT’s enterprise block storage, ‘the largest cloud storage space in Sri Lanka’, and will gain access to akaza’s web-based management interface, which gives clients control over creating and managing their own virtual data centre and virtual servers. akaza is hybrid cloud enabled, and has a reserved network performance up to 500Mbps, a reserved storage performance up to 5,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and also provides support for sharing disks between multiple virtual memories. Dedicated firewalls and load balancers enhance security and distribute traffic among customers’ dedicated cloud servers. SLT also has a dedicated ‘Cloud Expert team’ to assist customers around the clock.
In the near future, SLT plans to enhance its cloud computing service to offer a range of other services such as platform-as-a-service (PAAS), software-as-a-service (SAAS) and desktop-as-a-service (DAAS).