Network Platforms offers free rack space in Teraco Jhb or Cape Town

South African IT solutions provider Network Platforms has extended its promotion of complimentary 1u of rack space via Teraco Datacentres in Cape Town and Johannesburg for those businesses that invest in its bandwidth.

 

Customers are eligible to take advantage of this promotion if they take out 2MB of uncontended bandwidth, billed at R2 200 per month exc VAT.

 

The uncontended bandwidth is 1:1 on local and international, and international cable systems used include SAT3, WACS, EASY and SEACOM.

 

The bandwidth is redundant and available on all the above cable systems, with peering at the local exchanges.

 

“We can also offer contended services with contentions of 1:4 and 1:10, with a minimum of 5MB and 10MB respectively,” explains Warwick Ward-Cox, MD of Network Platforms.

 

1:4 is priced at R575 exc. VAT per 1Mbps

1:10 is priced at R250 exc. VAT per 1Mbps

 

The Company also caters for those customers who want to invest in rack space exclusively, without the bandwidth. Rack space can be sold at cost price with power, which can be hosted in a shared rack or in a lockable allocated rack space.

 

In June 2013 the Company completed the move of its entire datacentre infrastructure from its old environment to its current location, Teraco, in Isando.

 

Teraco offers neutral data centres and co-location facilities throughout the country. The environment provides comprehensive services to govern telecommunications, cloud or hosting requirements.

 

Network Platforms utilised the strength of connectivity and centralised infrastructure within the Teraco environment to secure a substantial reduction in cost and reliability – and being able to deliver customised solutions at very short notice.

 

Its value proposition lies in solutions that address requirements related to ADSL connectivity, Diginet; Fibre, Microwave and 3G connectivity, IT management, VPN management, infrastructure monitoring, IP PBX/ VoIP and cloud services.

 

Management reminds the market that this is a limited offer that runs until 16 March 2014 or while stocks last. 

Network Platforms expands datacentre hosting and value proposition

Network Platforms has announced that it has brought its data centre offering in Cape Town online and has the capacity to rollout service from Teraco Isando and Teraco Cape Town – to facilitate virtual and co-location service delivery.

 

In June 2013 the Company completed the move of its entire datacentre infrastructure from its old environment to its current location, Teraco, in Isando.

 

Teraco offers neutral data centres and co-location facilities throughout the country. The environment provides comprehensive services to govern telecommunications, cloud or hosting requirements.

 

Network Platform utilised the strength of connectivity and centralised infrastructure within the Teraco environment to secure a substantial reduction in cost and reliability – and being able to deliver customised solutions at very short notice.

 

Today, with its high availability, multiple links network and connectivity to international capacity resources such as SAT3, Seacom, WACS and Easy, it is in a strong position to leverage these resources and offer collocation and virtual server offerings.

 

“We are able to provide the benefit of high availability and disaster recovery solutions between data centres, as well as bandwidth offerings from these centres,” says Warwick Ward-Cox, MD of Network Platforms.

 

Established in 2003, the Company has served as the premier service provider to clients for over a decade. Over the years the company has fine-tuned its service portfolio and adapted to the ever-changing dynamics and emerging trends that characterise the domestic technology industry.

 

Its value proposition lies in solutions that address requirements related to ADSL connectivity, Diginet; Fibre, Microwave and 3G connectivity, IT management, VPN management, infrastructure monitoring, IP PBX/ VoIP and cloud services.

Off-site backup needn’t be a disaster for companies says Network Platforms

It is an all-too-familiar issue: companies that experience a problem, conduct disaster recovery and when trying to restore off-site data, they are hampered by the long delay in restoration time. It does not have to be this way, says management at Network Platforms, a national IT solutions and internet service provider.

The Company has developed two solutions to combat the problem – a warm and cold standby service that works in conjunction with its off-site backup solution.

With the warm standby service, Network Platforms implements a server with the required applications and injects the off-site backup from the off-site backup solution into the server every fifteen minutes. This server is available remotely at any stage.

The cold standby service is essentially the same, except that it is available on request. “We set up a server, implement the required applications and inject the data for the client to test,” explains Warwick Ward-Cox, MD at Network Platforms.

The server is then shut down and when it is required again by the client, Network Platforms immediately starts it up, injects the latest backup from the off-site backup solution and restoration is done on the Company’s Gigabit backbone.

“The cold standby service is not billed for on a monthly basis, only a once-off setup fee. We then bill the cold standby server on a calendar month as and when required. The options allow for you to get your original server up and running. These solutions allow for you to be up and running quickly,” Ward-Cox continues.

Network Platforms also offers enterprise replicated VMWare solutions on private and public Cloud, which can be tailored for each client to suit their specific requirements.

Network Platforms’ Managed services Integrates with Cloud

There can be no denying the impact that Cloud services has had – and continues to have on the ICT managed services space. The evolution of this concept has rendered the old model virtually obsolete and today more companies are attracted to hosted services. Experts in IT solution services and support believe the Managed Services Provider (MSP) is now dealing with a very different and dynamic market.

Warwick Ward-Cox is MD of Network Platforms, a national supplier of IT solutions and internet service provider. He refers to the increased uptake of the Cloud and cost-effective connectivity as two drivers behind the push towards hosted services.

“For example a Microsoft Exchange server would require a MSP to implement and manage the server. With the move to Cloud, deployments are much quicker and there is no capital investment in terms of hardware onsite. Additional resources can be added quickly without an impact on business from a financial and disruption perspective,” he explains.

MSPs have to consider how to bill for end-user support because more services are removed from the client’s infrastructure. The Cloud has affected billing and the question of the level of control over a client’s infrastructure.

According to Ward-Cox, users will still require support to connect to Cloud services, as well as support to manage end-points. “The market is now moving towards a per-user cost rather than the traditional per-device cost of the past.”

Network Platforms has aligned its service to the Cloud-based service requirements of the market. The Company offers MSP Cloud based solutions on a reseller program so it is possible to create an annuity income from these services.

Looking ahead at 2014, Ward-Cox predicts that as connectivity prices decrease and improve, the uptake will increase and supply will meet demand because ISPs have worked hard to get the hosted platforms in place.

“There is no doubt this is one of the most active and exciting areas of technology to operate in… there is a great deal to look forward to and the Cloud is not going to disappear anytime soon!,” he adds.

For more information please visit http://www.networkplatforms.co.za

Network Platforms launches new last mile Fibre solutions

Network Platforms has announced the launch of a new fibre product to augment their existing offerings in the fibre to the business space.
Together with Fibre infrastructure partners, Network Platforms has released a Fibre to the business (FTTB) product that is geared to compete with ADSL services in the market.
Warwick Ward-Cox, MD of Network Platforms, says that there is a need for businesses to have a better quality connection than that provided by ADSL. “There are inherent weaknesses with ADSL that some businesses want to avoid; Best Effort Service, asynchronous connectivity, higher latency as well as not having a fixed public IP are some of the hurdles for businesses to overcome. Our Fibre products offer low latency, synchronous connections, on an SLA with fixed public IP’s.”
In order to make it easier and more affordable for businesses to overcome these issues, Network Platforms has announced the launch of the 5 Mbps fibre connection for under R4,000. Together with this there are larger packages that will suit larger companies. 10 Mbps for under R10,000 and other packages are available up to 100 Mbps. This pricing helps lower the barrier to entry for companies wanting a fibre service.
The second single biggest hurdle is the time to service and cost of installation. Network Platforms is targeting specific areas to make sure that they can deliver the service within 4 weeks in most cases at a setup fee of around R7,500. This trumps a 4-8 month waiting for service with a relatively high installation cost using other network providers. Some of the areas where services are already being delivered are:
• Sunninghill
• Linbro Park
• Rivonia
• Bryanston
• Fourways
• Woodmead
• Rosebank
• Randburg
Other business parks are also available and more are being added to the network monthly. Network Platforms have collaborated with certain Fibre providers to be able to deliver this service. Together with this infrastructure, Network Platforms has built a well-priced, low contention breakout for these SME’s. Dedicated bandwidth is also available on this service.
The 5 Mbps service comes with a generous allocation of data, while a cost will be applied to usage thereafter. The larger packages have larger data allocations in line with their line speeds.
Network Platforms offers a premium 1:1 uncontended and a contended service depending on the client’s requirement with local and international access. Our international routers have full failover as we utilise SAT3, WACS, Seacom and Easy. SAFE will be added in the near future offering much lower latency to the Asia/Pacific region. Previously, Service Providers could only provide these priced services on inferior bandwidth but we’ve worked hard at being able to deliver a superior quality and service at these price points.
Contact sales@networkplatforms.co.za for more information.
http://www.networkplatforms.co.za/infrastructure-hosting

Network Platforms adds Vigor to VDSL portfolio

Leading national IT solutions provider Network Platforms has confirmed the arrival of three models of the acclaimed Draytek Vigor 2860 Series, the company’s latest premium firewall, VPN and router device.

This is a new flagship product range developed and introduced by DrayTek, a global producer of broadband equipment.

The solution’s fail over and load balance over different WANs, with in-depth bandwidth management over the tenant, means that it is ideal for connectivity within the small-to-medium space.

The Vigor2860 provides robust Firewall/CSM and IP/URL/Web Content Filter and its built-in VPN profiles support industry standard protocols.

VLAN for multi-subnet and license-free traffic analyzer all help IT management to intensify the entire connection network over the cloud.

Advanced features that are designed to add immediate value include VDSL/ADSL/3G/Ethernet WAN; three simultaneous WAN connections; IP version 6 ready, high performance 200mb firewall throughput, 6 GB LAN Ports, QoS (Layer 2 & 3, 802.1p & TOS/DCSP), SSL VPN and two USB ports.

Other key features include IPv6 support, multi-task USB application and the TR-069 Auto-Configuration System for central management

Bradley Love, MD at Network Platforms, says that the company will import three models within the Series, including Vigor 2860, Vigor 2860n (wireless model) and the Vigor 2860Vn (inclusive of both wireless and voice ports.)

Stock has arrived and ready for order on selected models.

For more information, click through to http://www.draytek.co.za

Network Platforms glitters with Microsoft Gold Certification

Network Platforms has secured Microsoft Gold Certification and is now an official Microsoft Certified Gold Partner. It is the culmination of over two years’ concerted effort by the company to advance its Silver Partner status and reinforce its in-house Microsoft-based expertise.

As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, Network Platforms automatically has exposure to the latest global solutions, technology and best practices. It also has a level of access to infrastructure and services that continue to impact the ICT supply and integration market.

Additional benefits associated with this status include building networks within Microsoft and with other Microsoft partners, access to Microsoft software and in-depth product information as well as use of Microsoft.com to promote offerings.

Certified partners also have the advantage of free licenses for Microsoft software to use within the business, access to the Partner Learning Centre and Technical Sales Assistance.

The benefits of this level of exposure to resources and of skilled Microsoft certified engineers at Network Platforms, is automatically transferred to the client. .

“Clients are rest assured that we have the technical ability to support their infrastructures,” says Bradley Love, MD at Network Platforms. “Our Silver Partner status placed us within the top five percent of Microsoft partners worldwide and this latest achievement entrenches our position as a global leader in this market.”

Network Platforms acquires level 3 BBB-EE status

Network Platforms has acquired Level 3 Contributor Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBB-EE) status, the company’s management has confirmed.

Established in 2003, Network Platforms has served as the premier service provider to clients for over a decade.

Its value proposition lies in solutions that address requirements related to ADSL connectivity, Diginet; Fibre, Microwave and 3G connectivity, IT management, VPN management, infrastructure monitoring, IP PBX/ VoIP and cloud services.

This BBB-EE status will strengthen the company’s operations going forward and is the most recent in a growing list of developments that have entrenched the business within the ICT service and solution integration space.

These developments include becoming an Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) registrar for the co.za domain name space, affirming its system’s technical capability to run and manage registrations; as well as the completion of a move of its entire datacentre infrastructure from its old environment to a new location in Teraco, Isando.

Bradley Love, MD of Network Platforms, says, “We are very pleased to have secured this level of empowerment status. It adds immediate value, particularly in terms of service delivery to enterprise and government.”

Bandwidthbar empowers ADSL resellers with enhanced portal

National ISP Bandwidthbar has announced that it has integrated Telkom SA’s Uniweb interface into its ADSL portal, which adds immediate and lasting value to the company’s growing ADSL reseller base.

The inclusion of Telkom Uniweb guarantees users a number of advantages, including the ability to see technical line information from a central administration portal and recreate individual DSLAM ports, without having to bear the brunt of call centre frustrations.

“This facility adds immediate value because it enables user to report line faults to Telkom directly via the system. Resellers can view line Signal to Noise (SNR) margins, loop attenuation and synchronisation speeds, as well as change the speed of unstable lines,” explains Barry Botha, Technical Director of Bandwidthbar.

The portal also indicates the SNR (Signal to noise) margin which can determine the quality of the connection.

“For example if the SNR margin is six and the line has intermittent issues at the current synchronisation speed is 10MB, you can drop the speed on the portal and then recheck the SNR margin. In some cases you can do a port reset and this will resolve some issues. Failing the above you can log a fault and get a fault reference number immediately, so no waiting for call centre operates to assist,” Botha explains.

Adding to its value as a trusted service provider within the telecommunications space, Bandwidthbar has also announced that its Radius solution, described as one of the most comprehensive on the market, is available for leasing.

The company is in a position to offer the entire platform or supply the Radius software.

“As we have stated there is no need to procure expensive hardware, data centre infrastructure, or employ a development team. We offer the entire solution,” adds Botha.

Network Platforms qualifies as EPP registrar

Network Platforms, a South African provider of IT solutions, has become an Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) registrar for the co.za domain name space. The company has proven that its system is technically capable of running and managing these all-important registrations.

Established in 2003, Network Platforms has served as the premier service provider to clients for over a decade.

Its value proposition lies in solutions that address requirements related to ADSL connectivity, Diginet; Fibre, Microwave and 3G connectivity, IT management, VPN management, infrastructure monitoring, IP PBX/ VoIP and cloud services.

EPP provides a simpler means of dealing with domain administration.

UniForum is the Registry managing the South African based .co.za domain names. The regulatory body has been using a proprietary ‘Legacy’ system, which requires a parsing of mailings.

Although effective, it is time consuming, potentially prone to errors, and outdated in comparison to EPP.

UniForum has adopted the EPP system to ease the process of dealing with co.za domains and their Registrars.

Executive management at Network Platforms say EPP has emerged as an accepted international standard of communication between Registries and Registrars.

“Network Platforms is now in the position to make immediate changes to client domains, be it registration / transfer or modification of domains in the co.za domain name space,” explains Bradley Love, MD of Network Platforms.

The accreditation adds significant value to the company’s service offering within the ultra-competitive area of domain administration.

Love says the pursuit of this status has required substantial focus, over a long period of time, and commitment from all stakeholders.

“It has been a long time coming, but we are very pleased to have reached this milestone in our development and the relevance of our service to the market,” he adds.