Host with the most

In­vests R100m in out­sourc­ing mar­ket

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & Technology - FRIK ELS

IN AN­OTHER SIGN that Vo­da­com’s split from Telkom isn’t just a share­holder re­struc­tur­ing but an op­er­a­tional fact, the cell­phone op­er­a­tor’s net­work­ing arm last week un­veiled a state of the art In­ter­net Data Cen­tre (IDC). Vo­da­com Busi­ness’s new R100m IDC lo­cated next to its Midrand head of­fice is the cul­mi­na­tion of a project started 18 months ago to in­vest in its own back-haul in­fra­struc­ture of op­tic fi­bre and cop­per ca­bles (and greatly re­duce its de­pen­dence on Telkom).

The IDC is Vo­da­com’s big­gest foray into the out­sourc­ing mar­ket and is a big step for­ward in its di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion strat­egy to be­come a fully fledged ICT com­pany. “Out­sourc­ing ac­counts for 40% of IT or R20bn spend in the coun­try and is also grow­ing at the fastest rate,” says Vo­da­com Busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Wally Beelders. “Thanks to ad­vanced vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion tech­nolo­gies, we’ll be able to host any com­pany – from large banks to mi­cro en­ter­prises at the IDC.”

Beelders says the data cen­tre isn’t just Vo­da­com Busi­ness’s play in the band­width space: the aim is to pro­vide ser­vices and applications on top of the in­fra­struc­ture it has put in place. “Band­width costs will re­duce by a fac­tor of eight or 10 over the short to medium term. The band­width mar­ket [for providers] will im­plode.”

Vo­da­com Busi­ness will open a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity in Cape Town in Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber next year and north of Dur­ban there­after to ac­cess the un­der­sea fi­bre ca­bles be­ing laid around Africa.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.