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African Distribution Group bets on cloud as the future with DRaaS

African Distribution Group bets on cloud as the future with DRaaS

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Alviva Holdings, one of Africa’s largest ICT products and services providers, has invested in a robust, cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR) and backup solution. Partnering with Routed, the distribution giant is reaping the rewards of a consumption-based DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution hosted on VMware cloud at two of the company’s data centres. The implementatino has been so successful that Alviva Holdings is now investigating using the cloud platform to run its enterprise application workloads too.

With a strategy for growth underpinned by acquisitions, the company’s IT infrastructure is complex and lacked a single centralised DR solution. Recent widespread unrest and vandalism in South Africa that targeted key infrastructure sites and threatened data centres has created the need for organisations to consider business continuity beyond just one location. 

While the company initially set out to create a single DR site in Routed’s Johannesburg data centre, the project evolved into a multi-site environment including hosting its DR in Routed’s Cape Town data centre. The extensibility of its systems was central to the success of the project and because Alviva is predominantly a VMware house, Routed could easily replicate its entire DR environment in its Cape Town data centre. This strategic product alignment allowed Alviva to seamlessly integrate with Routed’s infrastructure while ensuring it remained secure, compliant and scalable.

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