Routed deploys multi-tenant open access cloud business in three months


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Andrew Cruise.

When Routed, a neutral cloud provider, looked to develop the backbone of its cloud business, the company turned to VMware and its vCloud Director to help build a multi-tenancy environment that could provide its customers access to a high performance, highly available cloud infrastructure that enables them to extend or migrate to infrastructure in the cloud.

“I have worked with myriad companies, both locally and abroad. It was my experience in building hosted managed services companies in the UK that was the genesis behind the idea of Routed. The business simply had to support multi-tenancy in the cloud, based on my experience I knew that VMware vCloud Director is the Rolls Royce of Service Provider platforms, and could help solve this challenge,” states Andrew Cruise, managing director at Routed.

Selecting VMware, the company set about building an environment that would enable its customers to move business applications from their own environment to the cloud, as well as provide service provider customers the ability to outsource non-core cloud-based services to Routed. This “neutral cloud” environment was built in just 6-8 weeks.

“Clients don’t want to or need to know about the technology behind the scenes. It just needs to happen. Through the deployment of NSX we were able to leverage its virtual networking functionality and easy to use interface, to deploy an environment that supports secure multi tenancy, and clustering of compute and storage into a single environment, while not hindering performance,” adds Cruise.

With VMware vCloud Director, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter and VMware NSX, Routed was able to deploy three environments; two independent production sites for reciprocal disaster recovery and a lab. While Routed is itself an ISP, it remains open access and vendor neutral, encouraging service provider customers to access its environment through their own connectivity and extend services to customers using their own bandwidth.

“VMware NSX enables us to cross connect environments, offering existing VMware customers a huge level of comfort. With VMware NSX we can offer secure isolation of multi tenants, and there is a self-service component that lets customers control their own settings,” states Cruise. “We had two datacentres up and running in three months (between 6-8 weeks). I challenge anyone to do it in that amount of time with another solution. As a start-up, we needed to mobilise quickly and because we were starting from scratch, we had to get a stable, secure environment that we could start selling very quickly. VMware enabled us to do this.”

Today Routed is a member of the VMware Cloud Provider Program and is able to on-sell these services to customers as a 100% Cloud Service Provider (CSP).


About Routed

Routed is a true cloud provider. Secure, robust and reliable, the Routed cloud platform is vendor neutral and offers scalable, full or hybrid cloud hosting. Engaging directly or within a channel, Routed delivers cloud and infrastructure solutions to enterprise customers, wholesale partners, resellers and affiliates.

Founded in 2016 in response to a growing demand for data centre hosting solutions following the rapid growth and penetration of fast, reliable connectivity services in South Africa. Routed is led by industry veterans with over 35 years of experience in delivering and managing secure cloud and infrastructure solutions both locally and internationally.

About VMware

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture and solutions for the data centre, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500 000 customers and 75 000 partners worldwide.

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