Local VMware cloud partner appointed as Africa’s first global DRaaS provider



Andrew Cruise Routed Cloud presentation at Teraco in Isando. 19 November 2019 Photograph: John Hogg

The company is the only South African firm to feature on the list and has established itself as one of VMware’s cloud service providers.

Local vendor-neutral cloud infrastructure provider Routed has been listed as one of ten global providers of  VMware’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

In November 2019, Routed was also the first company within Africa to become a VMware Cloud Verified partner. 

“We are extremely proud to reach such important milestones within months of each other,” said Routed Managing Director, Andrew Cruise.

“As a dedicated VMware partner, Routed is committed to assist enterprise customers, wholesale partners, resellers and affiliates to deploy and utilise the power of VMware technology, and in this case, its DRaaS solution.”

Routed, along with the other nine international service providers have also been hard coded into the VMware vSphere 7 client software:

“As an essential services delivery mechanism for the modern hybrid cloud, VMware vSphere 7 is the biggest evolution of vSphere in over a decade. This makes Routed’s inclusion more significant and exciting for us,” added Cruise.

“Disaster recovery is one of these needs and where we have made some significant inroads. DRaaS is cloud-based data protection and is currently offering a welcome alternative to traditional disaster recovery methods.”  

By shifting the responsibility of DR to third-party providers, which harness private or public cloud storage, organisations no longer need to independently equip and operate off-site DR facilities, according to the company.

“Routed has proven itself as a specialist cloud provider and dedicated VMware partner,” said  Guy Bartram, Director Product Marketing Cloud, VMware.

“We are delighted at the company’s progress as one of our top cloud providers and currently the only one in Africa listed as a global DRaaS provider.”

VMware vSphere 7.0 boasts key features such as vSphere Lifecycle Manager, Identity federation, vSphere Trust Authority, Dynamic DirectPath IO, DRS and vMotion.