SLT Launches National Cloud Service, ‘Akaza’
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT solutions provider, has launched the country’s ‘national cloud’ service, ‘Akaza’, raising the bar in cloud computing in Sri Lanka. Akaza provides end-to-end cloud computing services enabling business organisations with enhanced agility, quick service delivery and cost efficiencies while providing maximum ROI as well as improved scalability.
Akaza’s technology integrates all of its cloud services, including IaaS, STaaS, PaaS, DaaS, SaaS and CaaS with the business management platform of corporate enterprises. Effectively, a series of services ranging from infrastructure to software can be accessed by way of a self-service catalogue online, centralising user management. The need for manual intervention in the form of technical support for provision of services has become unnecessary, empowering the user.
Akaza cloud hosted locally in SLT’s state-of the art data centre can be used to store, access, and utilise data by remote means using the public Internet or secured IP/VPN. It is Sri Lanka’s first fully automated cloud computing platform with a comprehensive self-service portal including features of pre-paid, post-paid options, service monitoring and alerts, single bill for all the services subscribed, automated service delivery, pay as you use and managed services, etc.
Delivering his speech Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando said, “I congratulate SLT on launching the very first fully fledged end-to-end cloud platform in Sri Lanka. I am confident that SLT Akaza will redefine the ICT industry by making sure the ‘sky is the limit’. Having been in the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure for only two months, I’m extremely proud that I was able to give my fullest support to launch this ground-breaking cloud computing platform which will empower us all, including both private and public sectors. I truly believe that in the future, the country’s business landscape will be changed with Akaza cloud’s eco-system. With Akaza, users will be able to access their important locally hosted information, data & systems speedily than before from anywhere, anytime.”
Commenting further the Minister said, “Most importantly, our own national cloud system which hosts data locally will address many of our burning issues like: minimising foreign currency out flow to support the economy, reducing paper consumption drastically to protect the environment and making all our day to day operations eco-friendly. I would invite our business community to experience Akaza. SLT’s nationwide broadband deployment will be an important component for the success of cloud computing in Sri Lanka. Our ambition is to fuel the GoSL’s mandate for national economic progress envisioning the ‘Smart Sri Lanka’ and going global for more opportunities.”