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South Africa-Based MSP and Reseller SYSDBA Deploys Nebulon smartInfrastructure

Reducing data center infrastructure expenses "by 50%"

Nebulon, Inc., in smartInfrastructure, server-embedded, infrastructure software delivered as-a-service, announced that SYSDBA (Pty) Ltd has deployed the its smartCore solution to bring management simplicity to its internal and hosted data center infrastructure.


With this deployment, SYSDBA has achieved a 50% reduction in infrastructure costs by eliminating external array purchases and improving application infrastructure density.

SYSDBA is a South Africa-based MSP and reseller with customers around Africa and the UK. Largely coming from the financial services and healthcare sectors, the service provider’s customers have a variety of requirements: short term, transactional requests from customers who require flexibility for a wide range of application types, as well as larger strategic projects from customers who need data center solutions aimed at serving digital transformation projects. SYSDBA had been using 3-tier architectures for years. However, when it came time for a refresh, the service provider sought out a solution that would enable it to both consolidate racks of expensive storage and idle hosts, and also predictably and smoothly scale its internal and hosted customer environments.

SYSDBA chose the smartCore solution to reduce infrastructure costs and bring cloud-simplicity to its on-premises infrastructure. To achieve this, the service provider deployed HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers with smartInfrastructure to host its customer environments as well as internal operations.

The solution has allowed SYSDBA to meet its immediate needs, and scale the solution as customer demand increases. smartInfrastructure was attractive because it offered an opportunity to simplify and accelerate application deployment, control its environment from anywhere and reduce infrastructure maintenance efforts through behind-the-scenes software updates. These features are critical for certain customers in Africa who may lack skilled resources to manage large infrastructures as well as others located in areas with difficult or limited access.

Having to be onsite for a 4:00am firmware update isn’t safe or ideal in some customer settings, so the fact that Nebulon smartInfrastructure can be provisioned, managed and maintained from anywhere gives significant flexibility in terms of control,” said Marc Pratt, strategic alliances manager, SYSDBA. “What made Nebulon even more attractive, however, was the fact that we cut our costs in half vs. purchasing disaggregated storage and compute solutions. And because the solution doesn’t consume any server CPU, memory, or networking resources like hyperconverged infrastructure alternatives, we are able to use 100% of our server for the applications we run. Based on this alone, choosing Nebulon was a no-brainer.

Service providers like SYSDBA rely on solutions to help them address key time-to-value and management challenges they experience in their core and hosted data centers,” said Siamak Nazari, Nebulon CEO. “With Nebulon smartInfrastructure, not only can they address these challenges, but they can save infrastructure costs doing it.

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