Sri Lanka Telecom offers cloud services with Citrix

COLOMBO, Dec 03, 2014 (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has announced a partnership with US-based Citrix Systems Inc. aiming to grab a bigger share of the market for cloud services, enabling users to reduce ICT costs.

The move comes after SLT upgraded its nationwide fibre optic network with Huawei technology, increasing speed to support high-bandwidth information communications technology services like data centres and video, demand for which is increasing at exponential rates.

SLT group’s net profits in the nine months to September 2014 shot up 29 percent to five billion rupees on an eight percent growth in sales to 48 billion rupees, driven by demand for internet, wholesale and IPTV services.

The company said the deal with Citrix, which offers cloud services, mobile workspaces, virtualization, mobility management and networking services, will strengthen the SLT AKAZA Cloud platform.

SLT cloud services will give organizations easy to use, self-managed web-based portals of maximum flexibility allowing them to select the exact amount of resources they require – be it storage, computing power, RAM, or software – as and when  required.

"Organisations get the ability to build ‘pay as you go’ as well as ‘pay as you grow’ model-based cloud solutions that users can access with consistent levels of quality and security wherever they are expanding."

Services offered by ‘AKAZA’ include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Virtual Data Centres (VDC), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), Communication-as-a-Service (CaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

“We see huge potential in this cloud space," Lalith De Silva, SLT’s Group chief executive said, adding that users benefit from its scalability and cost efficiencies.

"The cloud environment is changing the entire IT delivery model to a service-based mode that operates more efficiently," he noted, saying it allows clients to focus on their core business by minimizing daily fire-fights on hardware, software, infrastructure and applications.

Kiththi Perera, Chief Enterprise and Wholesales Officer of SLT said its island-wide fibre network with built-in redundancies and resiliencies and two data centres will manage users’ mission critical infrastructure and applications.

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IaaS platforms provide shared computing power to customers, eliminating their need to invest in expensive infrastructure and equipment while PaaS enables software developers to instantaneously code, develop and run software.

SaaS provides a cloud-based app marketplace that enables users to select open source and commercial applications and DaaS allows customers to get desktop features and functionalities from the cloud, reducing PC and power costs.

The DaaS service is not a device-dependant application so users can access data through multiple devices including basic level PC, laptops, tablets and smart phone, SLT said.
 

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