South African VMware Cloud Provider Partner, Routed, Drives Growth with Multi-tenant Cloud Services and vCloud Director

Routed, a South African cloud service provider and VMware Cloud Provider Program partner, believes that the cloud is important and complex enough to warrant the expertise of specialists. Founded in 2016 in response to the growing demand for data center hosting solutions following the rapid growth of fast, reliable connectivity services in South Africa, the Routed cloud platform is vendor neutral and offers scalable, full or hybrid cloud hosting.

Routed concentrates on businesses that have VMware solutions, and who expect a similar level of performance, security and availability from the cloud. In addition to managed services providers who are migrating their customers’ workloads from on-premises into the cloud or selling cloud disaster recovery or cloud backup solutions, Routed also works with web developers who want to host customers’ websites in the cloud.

Routed relies on vCloud Director as its Cloud Management Platform, enabling the deployment of isolated and secure environments for tenants. And because VMware is a trusted industry leader, Routed is also able to provide the confidence needed to drive adoption of its secure, open access solutions.
“There are very few multi-tenant cloud products out there that are designed specifically for service providers because our needs are so unique,” says Andrew Cruise, Managing Director. “vCloud Director is a fantastic multi-tenant cloud management platform, and because it uses VMware on the bottom layer our customers find that very comforting and reassuring.”

As a cloud service provider focused so much on security and segregation, the primary use case, and the primary benefit for Routed, is to be able to present logically segregated environments to customers with the ability to perform easy self-service orchestration.

“Today we estimate that we can run 30 to 50 virtual machines on each of our physical servers,” says Cruise. “That was unheard of in the days before virtualization, so multi-tenancy enables us to utilize infrastructure better, and therefore lower costs for Routed and our customers.”

With vCloud Director, end users can manage their own environments and scale up and down as needed. The ability to present customers with a self-service management interface via vCloud Director also eases the sales cycle. At the same time, the faster provisioning enabled by vCloud Director speeds time to market, and that enables Routed to accelerate service monetization.

With vCloud Director as its strategic cloud management platform, Routed realizes several benefits:

    • Decreases OpEx by reducing administrative overhead
    • Accelerates time to market for new service offerings
    • Enables secure multi-tenancy
    • Reduces deployment time
    • Speeds customer on-boarding, provisioning and business growth
    • Promotes customer self-service management
    • Scales as needed to support growth

“Because it only takes a few clicks to provision the customer on the platform, there’s very little that we have to do manually in order to make things work,” concludes Cruise. “Traditionally, networking using VLANs and switches and routers has been quite manual, quite intensive and prone to human error. With the NSX layer on top of vCloud Director, VXLANs are encapsulated when you provision an environment, so the customer can do whatever they want and there really isn’t any manual input that’s required from our side in order for a customer to deploy their own networks and route their own networks. vCloud Director makes things very easy for us and very easy for the customer as well.”

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