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Teraco adds Routed as a local cloud provider on African Cloud Exchange


Data centre operator Teraco has today added cloud infrastructure provider Routed and VMware Cloud Verified partner, as a local cloud provider to join the African Cloud Exchange (ACX).

Teraco’s African Cloud Exchange provides secure, direct, flexible network connections to a wide range of local and global cloud service providers.

Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed, says the company is also the only African provider of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) within VMware’s vSphere 7 client software, and that bringing the VMware cloud platform to ACX is another key milestone.

“Multi-cloud strategies are growing in adoption as they mitigate service disruption and also reduce vendor lock-in. Routed, as a member of ACX, strengthens the ecosystem and will undoubtedly help in driving businesses to the cloud, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of IT spend,” he adds.

ACX will accommodate any cloud provider’s API: ultimately, we want to make it easy for the providers and clients to sell their products. By simply logging onto a portal, ACX enables provisioning of network circuits to any cloud provider, immediately reducing the administrative headaches of getting people connected,” he added.

Andrew Owens, Manager of Interconnection & Peering at Teraco, says the premise of ACX is to assist in the local drive towards the cloud, but in a secure and correct way: “While there was no time pressure for businesses to adopt a cloud methodology, it is rapidly evolving, and the cloud is becoming a vital tool for any business wanting to succeed. ACX is a technology-neutral and growing ecosystem, and we are excited to welcome a local cloud provider such as Routed and its VMware platform.”

ACX was developed to fully integrate with all cloud providers, adopting a modular, template-driven approach and will accommodate any cloud provider’s API. Ultimately, we want to make it easy for providers and clients to sell their products. By simply logging onto a portal, ACX enables provisioning of network circuits to any cloud provider, immediately reducing the administrative headaches of getting people connected,” added Owens.

Routed offers a VMWare cloud platform for clients seeking access to multiple cloud environments adding to its four years of 100% uptime and notable market share within the ISP sector.

“The inclusion of Routed in the Africa Cloud Exchange is a great example of collaboration in the cloud market,” said Dave Funnell, senior cloud provider manager at VMware Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The benefit to customers is the availability of a fully verified VMware Private Cloud, delivered from a secure multi-tenanted platform with all the benefits expected from a cloud solution.

“Its location is also a major drawcard, with direct network connectivity to the public hyper-scale clouds in the leading data centre provider in Africa,” added Funnell.


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