RSAWEB, a hosting and connectivity provider in South Africa, is the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to deploy SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage platform on the African continent, specifically in its data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Driven by the demand for better data center performance, the cloud would be gaining momentum in Africa. According to a recent report by Gartner, “about half of Africa respondents considered cloud – specifically SaaS – as a viable option.”
In line with Gartner’s findings, RSAWEB’s customers require an infrastructure with simple online management, resilience and performance predictability without any maintenance or capital cost headaches. SolidFire would meet these needs by offering the ability to allocate, manage and guarantee storage performance with complete data and performance availability, regardless of system condition or application activity.
Leveraging SolidFire storage infrastructure, RSAWEB would now be able to provide its customers with flexible, infinitely scalable cloud server and virtual private data center infrastructure at an affordable price.
“The recent rollout of high-speed fiber connectivity combined with customers’ needs for speed and performance have made all-flash arrays the ideal choice for storage infrastructure in Africa,” said Allan Boyle, operations director at RSAWEB. “SolidFire enables us to not only meet this demand, but allows us to deliver additional value through linear and modular scalability and automation.”
SolidFire would enable RSAWEB to isolate and identify root causes of performance spikes and completely eliminate noisy neighbors issues – applications that monopolize performance and slow it down for others. Its linear scale-out architecture means RSAWEB can scale performance and capacity independently, without downtime or disruption. SolidFire’s REST-based API would allow for seamless integration with RSAWEB’s VMware-based environment and its automation capabilities eliminate the challenges of day-to-day operations.
“Storage has historically been a barrier that prevented many companies from going to the cloud,” said Andrew Cruise, cloud engineering manager at RSAWEB. “But with SolidFire at the core of our infrastructure, we can break down this barrier and give customers the confidence they need to move more workloads to the cloud. There are no more excuses to not go to the cloud. SolidFire’s automation, performance, scalability and flexibility open up brand new customer opportunities for us.”
SolidFire’s partner and IaaS integrator, ShapeBlue, played an integral role in the deployment by enabling RSAWEB to test the solution and providing local technical, commercial and operational support throughout the entire process. ShapeBlue is one of the largest independent integrators of CloudStack technologies globally, and a specialist in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations.