Internet Solutions (IS) has opened a new data centre in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which forms part of the company’s current expansion project within the hosted and managed services division.
“The launch of the new Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) datacentre in Umhlanga supports our current national and African expansion strategy,” comments Greg Montjoie, hosting business unit manager at IS. “The KZN region has a strong base, with many industrial businesses and a well developed corporate community in Umhlanga, especially in the FMCG sector. We have therefore made a substantial investment into the KZN market, to the point where we now have the biggest hosting and managed services presence in the region.”
IS currently has a staff compliment of 40 people operating in Durban to support the customer base there.
The new Umhlanga-based datacentre is 250-square metres in size, with the ability to scale to 400-square metres should increased demand require.
“The new data centre adds to our existing 200-square metre premises, also located in Umhlanga, which has allowed us to establish a dedicated customer hosting centre that offers reduced costs and supports the growing trend of software as a service-wrapped offerings,” says Montjoie.
He explains that an additional datacentre in KZN is also of strategic importance due to IS’ partnership with the eThekwini Municipality and their involvement in their metro connect fibre network.
“The eThekwini Municipality has invested heavily in provisioning its own core fibre-optic cable network infrastructure, which is currently enabling them to self-provision their own connectivity services,” explains Montjoie. “The Municipality has begun offering this service to corporates, which in turn will fund the expansion of this initiative to local communities, giving Internet access to many underprivileged communities in the eThekwini Municipality.
"This project has also decreased the cost of last mile connectivity for local customers, which will enable us to offer more cost effective, fully integrated and aggregated hosted and managed services to local businesses that utilise this backbone.”
IS has secured a bulk power supply from City Power to support all of its data centre expansion initiatives.