ContinuitySA, Africa’s largest provider of business continuity solutions, has acquired 50% of Immix Network Solutions as part of its ongoing strategy to expand its service offerings in line with client demands.
“Internationally, business continuity has been tracking developments in the broader IT industry,” says ContinuitySA CEO, Allen Smith. “The growth of virtualisation techniques combined with abundant and increasingly affordable bandwidth has meant that it is now possible to offer hosted managed business continuity services. Having noted the global trends, and having started to receive requests for this type of service from our existing clients, we knew we had to be able to offer ‘Continuity as a Service’.”
According to Smith, Immix Network Solutions will continue to trade as a separate company, but will provide its specialised skills in the hosting of business continuity services to ContinuitySA.
“Aside from their constant focus on costs, today’s CIOs need to get much more clever about how they spend their budgets—that’s the big impetus behind the growth in cloud computing in general and hosted business continuity services in particular,” says Immix Network Solutions MD, Kevin Mortimer. “I’m very excited by this deal because it provides South African CIOs with access to cutting-edge skills in the hosting of business continuity combined with the solid industry experience and credentials of ContinuitySA.”
Immix Network Solutions sales director, Scott Orton, agrees. “Our association with ContinuitySA and its established network of disaster recovery centres and expertise will enable us to offer a range of new services to our existing, largely small to medium-sized client base. Our skills in hosting and virtualisation complement Continuity SA’s existing services, enabling them to expand their offerings into the hosting and managed services space,” he says.
ContinuitySA’s Smith concludes, “This is a strategic deal for us because it gives us immediate access to the skills we need to offer our clients hosted business continuity. Immix will be an invaluable partner for our newly launched Business Continuity Management Hosting Services unit and our Continuity as a Service Offerings.”