ContinuitySA invests R9,8m in upgrades

ContinuitySA, Africa’s premier provider of business continuity management consulting and services, recently concluded a set of major capital projects aimed at upgrading its IT and physical infrastructure.

“It’s safe to say that IT is now the indispensable platform for business, and companies are placing ever greater emphasis on ensuring both IT and overall business continuity. There is just less tolerance of IT downtime, which is a mark of its importance,” says Mark Beverley, GM: Service Delivery at ContinuitySA.

“Our investment of just under R10 million was targeted at three key areas of client demand: IT replication, IT backup and recovery, and work-area recovery.”

Beverley says that demand for IT replication has been growing strongly of late, thanks in part to the availability of abundant, cheaper bandwidth. In response, ContinuitySA invested R5.5 million in Dell servers and EMC and IBM storage to increase existing capacity, as well as HP networking kit to improve access speeds.

The investment also included replication software from Platespin, a product of Novell. IT replication copies a single instance of the client’s IT environment, and is used for quick recovery.

Complementing its IT replication services, ContinuitySA invested a further R2,8-million in its backup and recovery services. This offering uses EMC’s Avamar solution to provide clients with hassle-free, tapeless managed backups.

Because consecutive copies of the data are kept, this service means that we can restore their systems using specific backups, so that should recent backups contain a system error, earlier backups without the fault can be used to recover.

“This service replaces the old tape backups, providing clients with a fully automated and reliable alternative that delivers an enhanced level of protection – without all the drama,” Beverley comments.

The third investment of R1,5-million was made into ContinuitySA’s extensive work-area recovery facilities. Here the focus was on upgrading desktop equipment and networking, as well as rapid server deployment capabilities to get desktops up and running quicker in the event of an emergency.

Work-area recovery provides alternative facilities should a company’s premises not be accessible due to disasters like fire or flooding, or even because of industrial action.

“To ensure business continuity in the face of disaster, it’s important both that the IT systems can be restored quickly and that employees have an alternative work area if necessary,” Beverley says. “Our investments are aimed at improving our ability to provide a total business continuity solution.”

ContinuitySA is Africa’s leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent’s most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities.

These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA offers a complete business continuity management solution which delivers fully managed ICT resilience through backup and recovery solutions, leveraging off an extensive nation-wide base of infrastructure, data centres, bandwidth and ICT capability.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in Southern Africa with over 20 000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Botswana, Mozambique and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

ContinuitySA: our business is keeping you in business.

Additional information about ContinuitySA can be found at www.continuitysa.com . Network with ContinuitySA on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Issued by Rebecca Warsop, Warstreet Marketing on 011 807 9842; 083 252 9347 or e-mail rebeccaw@warstreet.co.za.

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Mark Beverley, General Manager: Service Delivery

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About Us

ContinuitySA is the African continent’s leading business continuity management company.

Our team of highly skilled and qualified industry experts  can help prepare for and deal with potential threats to the optimal functioning of any business, as a result of unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA provides clients with total business continuity solutions and complete outsourcing services, through a comprehensive range of professional services backed by an unrivalled nation-wide infrastructure of facilities, including product offerings and resources.

Our services are focused on the provision of complete business continuity planning, among which include:

•             Risk management,

•             Business impact analysis,

•             Business continuity plans,

•             Crisis management planning,

•             Provision of IT and business recovery facilities including office, contact centre, treasury dealing rooms and back-office Wintel, midrange and mainframe recovery areas. All of these technologies are supported by skilled technical personnel who assist in successful Business Continuity Plan testing and have experience in recovering from actual disasters.

We operate the largest recovery facilities in Southern Africa, with over 25000 sq/m of facilities in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), a smaller site in Cape Town of 3000sq/m as well as a 1500sq/m site in Gaborone, Botswana.

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Gauteng

Unit5, Growthpoint Business Park

Corner Old Pretoria and Tonetti Road

Midrand

1685

PO Box 2638

Midrand

1685

Tel: + 27 11 554 8000

Fax: + 27 11 554 8150

 

Sales and Marketing:             

Office: (011) 554 8000

Fax: (011) 554 8050

Email: info@continuitysa.co.za

 

Western Cape

15 Maritz Street

Belville

Cape Town

7530

PO Box 897

Sanlamhof

7530

Tel: +27 21 917 5400

Fax: + 27 21 945 2762

 

ContinuitySA Botswana

Street  No 268

Private Bag 00346

Phakalane , Gaborone

Botswana

Tel: +267 360 6600

Fax: +267 318 1930

 

ContinuitySA Mozambique

Rua De Souza 18

Matola

Mozambique

Tel: +258 2172 6000

 

ContinuitySA Randburg

308 Kent Avenue

Randburg, Gauteng

Tel: 011 438 6889

 

ContinuitySA Somerset

Office: (011) 438 6889

Continuity Grove Offices

Block C, Olive Grove

Kynoch Road

Somerset West 7130

www.continuitysa.com or www.continuitysa.co.za

Tel: 021 917 5400