Securicom brings world-first Cloudistics to SA

Johannesburg, 14 Mar 2018
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Securicom, a leader in managed IT security solutions in Africa, has brought to South Africa Cloudistics, a cloud software appliance technology.

Named "Cool Vendor in Cloud Infrastructure" by Gartner in 2017, Cloudistics delivers a premium private cloud experience. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute resources, virtualisation and management into a single platform.

The sole distributor of Cloudistics in southern Africa, Securicom will also provide managed and professional services to companies in the region.

"The benefits and functionality of Cloudistics is unprecedented. The platform simplifies the deployment, protection and management of applications to bring the benefits of the public cloud into companies' own data centres.

"While delivering the agility and scalability of the public cloud, Cloudistics can be deployed extremely fast and at a much lower cost than traditional infrastructures. Notably for local companies, it is now possible to have the complete public cloud experience, allowing them to manage and secure applications from anywhere, while keeping their data on home soil. This is a significant advantage over public cloud services when it comes to performance, and importantly for governance and regulatory compliance," says Richard Broeke, IT security specialist and General Manager at Securicom.

According to Chris Hurst, Vice President of Cloudistics for EMEA, Cloudistics is the first on-premises cloud in the world to provide for virtualisation, compute, network and storage, natively and imbedded, on one platform.

"The Cloudistics platform is a comprehensive on-premises cloud solution. Everything is included, all software and all hardware to run your cloud. There is no tuning needed. Companies can be up and running quickly with their own private cloud from where they can host, secure and manage their big data. Not only is Cloudistics fast and easy to deploy, but it also solves agility and scalability problems for businesses. They can easily create virtual networks as well as adapt their networks to changes in applications, which come and go. Companies can create their own application templates or download preconfigured ones for quick and simple deployments of their most complex applications from the Cloudistics Application Marketplace."

Broeke says Cloudistics is a cost-effective and meaningful alternative over popularly used public cloud services for businesses in southern Africa.

"Companies in the region that use public cloud services are seeing costs increasing over time, particularly as their businesses and needs have expanded. The experience is also not quite what they expected, considering that data to be accessed is housed in data centres across the globe. Cloudistics brings data closer to the action, where it is needed, but it is manageable from anywhere - just like the public cloud but much faster."

The adage, "dynamite comes in small packages" rings true with Cloudistics. The stack is very compact, starting at 6U, and due to its high density, is extremely efficient. Bringing a huge reduction in data centre footprint, the Cloudistics appliance presents opportunities for companies to reduce both power and cooling costs in the server room. The end-to-end stack is immediately visible in the management portal, from where an array of appliances can be managed from a single console.

Hurst explains that everything that used to live in multiple management IT silos can now be managed centrally through the cloud with the Ignite Cloud Controller.

"Whether you are deploying a single site or across multiple sites, the Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Controller is powerful enough to meet the demands of IT professionals, while easy enough for someone with little infrastructure management experience."

Through the Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Controller, admins can control the entire infrastructure from a single, simple to use pane of glass.

* Manage everything - networking, storage, compute and virtualisation all controlled from a single console.
* Create your own VM templates or deploy preconfigured ones from our application marketplace for quick and simple deployments of the most complex applications.
* Create resource profiles for each application to ensure predictable performance.
* Secure applications within virtual networks in just a few clicks.

Hurst concludes: "Our platform is a fraction of the cost of the public cloud or legacy hyperconverged solutions. Designed from the ground up to fit even the tightest budget, along with an integrated Cloud Controller that's completely free, Cloudistics is the obvious choice for cost-sensitive deployments. But don't let the low price fool you: Cloudistics exceeds the performance of other solutions costing 10 times more."

Cloudistics gets named a "Cool Vendor" by Gartner in the newly released: "Cool Vendor in Cloud Infrastructure, 2017" note.

"As enterprises grapple with the right mix of on-premises, off-premises and native cloud, choosing a cloud infrastructure vendor becomes more critical. I&O leaders should look to vendors like those in this research for innovative ways to support varying workload deployments across delivery models."

Highlights from this year's note:

* Recommendations for I&O leaders seeking to modernise existing infrastructure and exploit agile infrastructure solutions.
* Why cool: Read why Gartner thinks Cloudistics is cool.

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Securicom is a leading managed IT services vendor in Africa, with a global presence. It is one of a handful of local vendors to offer an end-to-end range of fully managed IT security services for the cloud, from the cloud. Its consumption-based services are available through a select partner network in Africa.

Securicom's holistic suite of solutions provides comprehensive weaponry and proactive defence against the host of threats that afflict businesses today from endpoint protection, managed firewalls, and advanced Fortigate reporting, to WAN and LAN optimisation, e-mail content management, and mobile device management.

Solutions are packaged to harness the capabilities of best-of-breed technologies, including Symantec Brightmail, Riverbed, Fortinet, logMojo, and XenMobile. Solutions are hosted upstream at Securicom's highly secure local data centres.

Securicom has offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Namibia, and offers its services in 10 other African countries. For more information on Securicom, please visit

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