Routed listed as Africa’s first VMware DRaaS provider

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Andrew Cruise, MD of Routed.
Andrew Cruise, MD of Routed.

Local vendor-neutral cloud infrastructure provider, Routed, has been listed as one of ten global providers of VMware’s disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

Routedone is one of VMware’s top cloud service providers and the only South African company on this list. In November last year, it became the first company on the continent to become a VMware Cloud Verified partner.

Andrew Cruise, MD of Routed, says his company is proud to have reached these milestones within months of each other. “As a dedicated VMware partner, Routed is committed to assist enterprise customers, wholesale partners, resellers and affiliates to deploy and utilise the power of VMware technology, and in this case, its DRaaS solution.”

Routed and the other nine service providers have also been hardcoded into the VMware vSphere 7 client software.

Cruise says that it is about creating a responsive infrastructure that is easily accessible for development and will enable enterprises to successfully adapt to their customers' changing needs. “Disaster recovery is one of these needs where we have made some significant inroads. DRaaS is cloud-based data protection and is currently offering a welcome alternative to traditional disaster recovery methods.”

By outsourcing DR to third-party providers, which harness private or public cloud storage, organisations don’t need to independently equip and operate off-site DR facilities. “With DRaaS, an organisation's physical servers or virtual machines (VMs) are replicated to a third-party service provider, who then hosts the customer's infrastructure, using public or private cloud resources, providing a failover target in the event of a disaster.”

Dave Funnell, senior manager for Cloud Providers at VMware, says Routed’s inclusion as an endpoint for DRaaS within vSphere 7 is a boost for the provision of local cloud services.

“DR is becoming even more critical to all organisations and the requirement for a powerful, but simple to use solution, which can be directly accessed and managed from VMware vSphere is an exciting opportunity for local VMware customers."  

VMware vSphere 7.0 includes features such as vSphere Lifecycle Manager, Identity federation, vSphere Trust Authority, Dynamic DirectPath IO, DRS and vMotion.

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