October, 10, 2019
VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, has signed an agreement withSri Lanka Telecom (SLT), one of the leading information and communications technologysolutions providers in Sri Lanka, to drive cloud adoptionand accelerate digital transformation journeys for Sri Lankanenterprises. The new partnershipis part of the VMware Cloud Provider Program, which enables SLT to offer premium cloud services through an “as-a-service” business model to enterprises seeking flexibility, agility and streamlining of workflows.
This partnership will help spur future-forward innovation among local enterprises(large, mediumand Government institutions), empowering them with quicker go-to-market strategies through a seamless cloud platform.
With the new state-of-the-art cloud platform powered by VMware, SLT will be able to offer next-generation cloud services to their customers across multiple physical locations, providing enhanced availability options to businesses with mission critical requirements, compliance requirements and businesses that demand proximity to end-customers. On top of this, the provision of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS), cloud migration solutions and data backup solutions in VMware NSX will provide a more secure environmentwhere businesses can build and roll out new innovations to meet the dynamic demands of Sri Lanka’s fast growing digital economy.
The best-in-class cloud platform also delivers the best of underlying VMware technologies through full compatibility with core VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies exposed in a policy-driven approach.Cloud provider-specific features such as multi-tenancy, elasticity, self-service, platform extensibility and more are offered in an intuitive, modern UI. To deal with modern challenges and availability requirements, SLT’s cloud platform provides multiple geographic locations, providing the customer with the opportunity to manage cloud services in multiple locations, a first of its kindin Sri Lanka. Moreover, the provision of stretched clusters and disaster avoidance services will ensure the highest possible availability for mission-critical services and offer an added layer of protection against outages.
“SLT is honored to partner with VMware, one of the world’s leading providers of virtualization and cloud solutions, to propel local enterprises to the next stage of their transformation journeys with VMware’s industry-leading, unified cloud platform. Demand for our cloud services has grown in recent years, and our customers have sought to increase their IT agility, operate more cost-effectively while also supporting their business expansion. At SLT, our unparalleled footprint of secure, certified Tier III data centers in the local Sri Lankan market, in addition to strong regional and global networks makes us the ideal ICT partner for enterprises seeking geo-redundant cloud points, be they local enterprises looking at global expansion, or global enterprises looking to enter the Sri Lankan market. Our partnership with VMware will enable them to make the seamless migration from legacy on-premise to modern hybrid cloud deployments, thereby facilitating a smarter, more streamlined digital infrastructure to power the innovations of tomorrow,” said Kiththi Perera, CEO at Sri Lanka Telecom.
“While Sri Lankais still in the early stages of digitalizing its economy, organizations here are eager to embark on their digital transformation journeys to prepare for a digital future. It is encouraging to see that the government and business community are making a concerted effort to elevate the country’s economy by developing its digital capabilities. The big shift to the cloud will not only catalyze next-generation innovation among local enterprises, but also plug Sri Lanka into the wider region’s and global digital economy,” said Daniel Choo, Country Manager, Nascent Markets at VMware.
From left: VMware Nascent Markets Daniel Choo, VMware Vice President and Managing Director, Southeast Asia and Korea Sanjay K. Deshmukh, Sri Lanka Telecom Group Chairman P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena, Sri Lanka Telecom CEO Kiththi Perera