Steven Deskovic, Director IBM Asia Pacific - Communications Sector Industry Sales (centre left) exchanging the partnership agreement with Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, Managing Director - Lanka Bell Limited (center right). Also in the picture (L to R) are Ramesh Wannakuwatte, Country Head - Cloud Solutions IBM Sri Lanka, Suranjan Banerjee - IBM Cloud Business Development Executive for Telecoms, Trushan Handy - Head of Information Technology, Lanka Bell Limited and Tharaka Alawathugoda, Business Development Executive - Cloud Solutions Lanka Bell Limited.

IBM announced last week a collaboration with Lanka Bell, Sri-Lanka’s leading telecommunications service provider, to provide enterprises, start-ups, developers and government bodies cloud services via the IBM Cloud.

As a part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly market and sell new offerings for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery and capacity expansion solutions via the IBM Cloud.

With its agreement with IBM, Lanka Bell will expand its portfolio to include a wide range of cloud solutions. For example, in addition to IaaS and PaaS services, the IBM Cloud infrastructure will enable Lanka Bell to offer clients back-up storage, virtual machines and virtual storage facilities which can be integrated with the IBM NAS (Network Access Service) solutions.

“This partnership is an extension of our near 20 year relationship with IBM and demonstrates our shared vision that will help enterprise customers in the country to embrace cloud offerings quickly and easily”, said Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, Managing Director,Lanka Bell.

All IBM Cloud data centers connect to world class networking infrastructure, hardware and software with exceptional bandwidth and connectivity for the highest speed and reliability that enable seamless data transfer, low latency and more consistent performance.
“IBM cloud is open by design, offering a set of tools, flexibility and agility that helps organizations of all sizes and developers to easily translate their innovative ideas into technical solutions and business models, said Chrishan Fernando, RGM, Sri Lanka, IBM.