Friday, November 14, 2008

Vodacom launches multi-million data centre

VODACOM has launched a new R100-million data centre, which has the capacity to host about 20 000 dedicated client servers or 650 000 virtual machines.

The Johannesburg-based 1000 square metre centre will allow companies to do away with their own costly data centres.

According to Wally Beelders, the Executive Director of Vodacom Business, the company has developed a world-class hosting facility that will allow its clients to focus on their core business.

“IT operations are a crucial aspect of any company’s operations. One of the main concerns is business continuity; companies rely on their information systems to run their operations,” said Beelders.

“If a system becomes unavailable, company operations may be impaired or stopped completely. Our new data centre will ensure that a company can continue to run without having to worry about their IT infrastructure,” added the company executive.

Beelders added that all companies will be able to benefit from the range of hosting services now available due to the new data centre, regardless of their size.

“The Vodacom Business Data Centre caters for large corporates with vast IT infrastructure needs, to small businesses, including Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMME) and Small Office Home Office (SoHo) businesses which need cost-effective hosting services.”

The cost of setting up and running your own data centre infrastructure with back-up generators, UPS, air cooling, building management systems and the associated services is prohibitive.

“By making use of our data centre, clients will benefit from a safe and cost-effective data centre environment including back-up services that ensure the highest level of availability and network performance.”

Vodacom Business says its data centre will operate at any time of the day, seven days a week.
Mxolisi Ncube , Johannesburg

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