Atlancis Technologies, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the first ICT services provider in Africa to embrace OCP. The company, which specializes in delivering ecosystem-transforming ICT solutions, has adopted ‘open’ technology for its industry cloud platforms, branded Servannah.
The founders of Atlancis (Toney Webala and Daniel Njuguna) had been closely following the deployment of OCP and its “benefits” to global hyper-scale companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft to deliver value, optimized performance, rapid scalability and ultimately “competitive advantage.” In developing scalable delivery of industry solutions they were excited about the opportunity to leverage these efficiency-focused technologies in Kenya and across Africa.
Atlancis sees several additional benefits to deploying OCP, among them, building and maintaining open data center technology in-country, using crowd-sourced local resources. To this end, Atlancis has been working with local Universities across Kenya to help develop talent that can compete in supporting “the ecosystem needs of tomorrow.” Daniel Njuguna – Co-Founder and CEO of Atlancis, said, “Our OCP-based Servannah Cloud solutions have been deployed in the Public Sector (“Huduma”) and Education (“iLearn”), as we develop further industries including Healthcare, Agriculture and Transport.”
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In partnership with Vesper Technologies, an OCP Community member based in the UK, Atlancis Technologies were able to deploy their first fully self-service cloud instance. Vesper delivered a full-stack solution configured with Software Defined Storage (from Ceph) and Software Defined Networking (from Cumulus Networks), providing an environment built for automation and scalability. The initial roll-out included 27 nodes, 1080 Core’s, 5TB RAM, 2.4 Petabytes storage and high performance 100GB Top-of-Rack switching with redundant 25G links to each node.
“Vesper are delighted to work with Atlancis, who are an extremely technical and forward-thinking company,” said Philip Kaye, Director at Vesper Technologies. “We look forward to continuing to work with the team as their cloud platform expands across Kenya and Africa.”
“The Open Compute Project is the basis of our go-to-market strategies for transforming target industry ecosystems globally” said Dan Njuguna, Co-Founder and CEO of Atlancis; he continued, “our hardware design, inspired by OCP, gives incredible flexibility and scalability to allow us to respond to demand in the enormous markets we operate in, and to move quickly into new markets, be they industries or geographical.”
Atlancis’ and Vesper’s technologies can be seen at the ‘ITRenew’ booth at the upcoming 2019 OCP Regional Summit, to be held September 26-27 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“The Open Compute Project is the basis of our go-to-market strategies for transforming target industry ecosystems globally,” added Mr. Njuguna. “Our hardware design, inspired by OCP, gives incredible flexibility and scalability to allow us to respond to demand in the enormous markets we operate in, and to move quickly into new markets, be they industries or geographical.”