ACS, a division of Altron that provides secure data hosting for the Altron Group of companies as well as external customers across South Africa, announced on Thursday, 27 February 2019, that it has strengthened its partnership with VMware cloud Provider partner Routed.
This partnership aims to enhance ACS’s current disaster recovery (DR) offering with a more scalable and efficient cloud-based solution.
“We provide the secure hosting of transactional data as well as applications which contain a significant amount of private and critical information. Given the sensitivity of this data, it must always be available. Our previous solution required significant granular manual intervention when we needed to switch customers over to DR,” says Mira Andric, ACS Operations and Delivery Manager.
“It was therefore essential to implement a more cost-effective solution that could cope with the massive amount of data that needed to be transported across the DR data centre.”
Andrew Cruise, MD of routed Hostingwho is the first VMware Cloud Verified Partner (VCPP) in Africa, says the previous ACS DR solution was not only difficult to manage, but it was manual-driven for recovery and tied to their storage resulting in an inflexible environment.
“Because ACS runs VMware inside their data centre and they are a VCPP, it made sense to deliver a solution that combines our respective expertise in the VMware ecosystem. They are quite forward-thinking to approach another service provider partner to deliver a best-of-breed offering rather than try to do everything themselves,” he says.
Andric agrees.“We were looking for a VCPP partner that could integrate well with what we already had in place. It wasn’t a case of reinventing the wheel but rather implement something that could take the business to the next level.”
ACS implemented cloud availability and shipped over 30TB of data within two weeks. The entire project took three months to complete with ACS now running a full DR-as-a-service (DRaaS) offering incorporating the reliability, availability, and security needed.
“ACS is providing customers with a self-service portal where they can ensure that the DR systems are available and up and running at a moment’s notice. Our engagement with Routed has been a partnership, and they have been actively involved in setting the systems up with us and our IT teams,” she says.
According to Andric, this has enabled ACS to complete the project on time and within budget.
“The cost savings have already started coming through. What is most important for us is that Routedhas demonstrated that the VCloud offering is running the way it should at a price that is affordable to our customers. Furthermore, the IT teams within our customer environment understand the solution and it is incredibly user-friendly,” says Andric.
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