Company enhances network stability

Bosasa employs Datacentrix to enhance its network capabilities

August 27, 2009

Bosasa employs Datacentrix to enhance its network capabilities

Bosasa, a wholly South African owned group of empowerment organisations providing benchmarked integrated full facilities management and risk management services, is saving more than R100 000 per year on service costs since a network upgrade carried out by Datacentrix.

Due to a major flaw in its network core which led to two weeks of downtime, the company decided that the most cost efficient route would be to rebuild the network layer using HP ProCurve switches, allowing Bosasa to greatly improve availability as well as map the technology back to business requirements, while leaving scope for later expansion, says Johann Fourie, Bosasa IT manager.

“Our previous network architecture had not been designed according to best practices so it made sense to start again with the HP solutions, particularly in light of the lifetime guarantee offered on these products,”

According to Fourie, the organisation has already seen an improvement in availability and scalability, with no downtime experienced since the project was completed, as compared to downtime at least once a week within the previous environment. “We feel that the projects completed by Datacentrix have been most successful for Bosasa. The two companies have enjoyed a close historical relationship, with Datacentrix becoming our trusted solution provider, and their after-sales service was crucial to our achievements.”

“As one of only two fully accredited HP Elite StorageWorks partners, a fully certified Authorised Support Provider and an HP ProCurve Elite partner, Datacentrix felt that these solutions most closely matched Bosasa’s requirements for best of breed products to build a more robust network and data centre,” adds Kobus Smith, account manager at Datacentrix.