Dialog Axiata Group has announced a joint venture partnership with Orion City to build and manage the island’s first ever high-density data center at the Orion City IT Park in Colombo.
The proposed data center will be established via Digital Realty – not the US-based data center company, but a new local company jointly owned by Dialog Broadband Network (a fully owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata) and St. Anthony’s Property Developers (SAPD), a subsidiary of Orion City.
With its own team of employees and a dedicated management team, Digital Realty will offer co-location services, in addition to offering dedicated servers and cloud solutions.
The 200-rack data center will be centrally located at the Orion City IT Park in Colombo. Each data rack will be individually monitored for power delivery and consumption in order to ensure that clients only pay for what they use. The data center also promises high energy efficiency, and capacity to support up to 8 kilowatts per rack.
The high-density data center is designed to support the rapidly escalating demand for computing power in an increasingly digital Sri Lankan economy, said Orion City CEO and Digital Realty Managing Director, Jeevan Gnanam.
“The launch of Digital Realty and the impending establishment of our nation’s first, largest, and most efficient high-density data center is guaranteed to unleash a new wave of tech-enabled opportunities across the entire spectrum of local enterprises – from SMEs and tech-startups to large corporates, and especially for the banking and finance sector,” Gnanam said.
The proposed data center will be completed over the next six to nine months.