Facing numerous business continuity issues, Kenya’s Unga Group turned to Liquid Intelligent Technologies to help it co-locate its critical servers in ADC’s Tier 3 data centre and implement Office365 in the cloud.
- On-premise servers were costly to maintain and created security concerns
- Network instability negatively impacted business
- Lack of technical expertise made server management difficult
- Employees lacked sufficient storage space and found remote working cumbersome
- Co-location of servers to a Tier 3 data centre
- Improved connectivity, guaranteed by LIT
- Co-location eliminated the need for on-premise expertise
- Migration from Exchange on Premise to Microsoft Office 365
- ROI in less than a year, thanks to significant improvements in productivity, confidentiality, availability and integrity
- Business continuity issues have been resolved
- Co-location has brought peace of mind to the business
- Employees can work more effectively, efficiently and in a more agile manner
Unga Group continuity challenges arose from the fact that its servers were hosted in one of its plants in Nakuru, but these suffered cable cuts on a regular basis, while it was also difficult to obtain a good fibre Internet connection to the site. With no way of replacing these cables with fibre and the irregular interruptions created by the cut cables, Unga found that there were times where its databases and connectivity might be out of commission for up to three days, creating an enormous business risk.
To this end, Unga Group decided to co-locate its business continuity servers, as this approach would allow it to store its equipment in a secure data centre, while the service provider supplied it with a public IP address, bandwidth and the necessary power. In order to ensure the co-location project went off without a hitch, Unga turned to Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT), whose role was to assist in the co-location of the physical servers.
This involved moving them from the Unga Holdings offices to Africa Data Centre’s (ADC) facility, so as to provide a reliable business continuity environment. It also encompassed the migration from an on-premise Exchange to Microsoft’s Office365.