Node Africa is one of only a few cloud service providers in Africa offering high-performance cloud infrastructure and services. With limited budgets and bandwidth constraints on the continent, Node Africa built a data center from the ground up in just six weeks by joining the VMware vCloud Air Network (vCAN) Program, deploying VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, and VMware NSX. Node Africa has realized significant cost savings up-front, and is paving the way for Africa to become a cloud-first continent.
Node Africa strives to help customers reduce the costs and risks associated with their IT infrastructure, while greatly improving business agility. The VMware cloud provider stack offered as part of the vCAN Program is helping Node Africa and its customers reach their goals. Customers are free to focus on their business, and not IT as Node Africa’s skilled team and proven infrastructure take care of the rest. Node Africa has flourished under a business model relatively new to Africa. Within its first 3 months, the company had 21 customers signed on or trying services. To date, every company signing up for a trial has converted to a paying customer.
Node Africa has experienced significant cost savings since deploying VMware NSX as its network’s foundation—$10,000 alone on the initial network infrastructure investment—a significant amount for a young company building a data center from scratch. The company is also passing those savings along to customers, who can leverage the gains to improve their own internal costs. With a small, powerful hardware footprint built on VMware solutions, Node Africa offers a cloud services platform that outperforms anything from its closest competitors.
"The amount of money we have saved on networking equipment as a result of using NSX as the basis of our network has been amazing. We saved $10,000 on just our initial network infrastructure investment, that’s big for a green fields start-up."
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