- August 16, 2021, Ratingen, Germany -
As Seidor Networks underwent significant growth and rapid expansion on the African continent, the company faced increasingly complex SAP workloads and growing demand for a variety of solutions. The company was challenged by increasing operational costs and low-profit margins and limited O&M control and required a dedicated local support team. Through the United VARs alliance, Seidor teamed up with HUAWEI CLOUD to weigh off Seidor's shoulders, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We needed a more agile and elastic solution, but we didn't have time for all of the discussions involving architectural planning, machine sizing, and procurement processes. Huawei Cloud assigned a professional business development and technical team to suit our requirements. That is why we decided to adopt Huawei Cloud,” says Darryl Maroun, Managing Director of Seidor Networks South Africa.
Seidor also sought to create new value through a multi-cloud strategy, which meant running workloads on AWS, Azure, and HUAWEI CLOUD. It also required logical multi-tenant billing to bill its customers for both the HUAWEI CLOUD resources consumed and the SAP B1 SaaS services used.
The HUAWEI CLOUD South Africa team worked closely with the Seidor infrastructure team and finalised Huawei Cloud IaaS architecture for SAP and SAP B1. HUAWEI CLOUD provided a dedicated infrastructure team of IT experts to advise on best practices to simplify operations, reduce deployment time and slash operational and hosting costs.
HUAWEI CLOUD integrated its platform with Morpheus, allowing Seidor to have a single pane of glass when managing its customers across multiple cloud platforms. HUAWEI CLOUD provided Seidor with dedicated business development and technical team, providing guidance and recommendations when required. It also provides Seidor with continuous training and enablement sessions for hands-on experience and certification all as value-added services.
With most of the new customers of Seidor Networks’ SAP B1 landscape hosted on the Huawei cloud platform, availability was crucial. The HUAWEI CLOUD solution, comprising Elastic Cloud Servers, Object Storage Service, network services, and database services, provides full security and regulatory compliance. Now with the second availability zone launched locally in Africa, Seidor can use other integrated services such as disaster recovery, backup, and load balancing to increase the availability of services even further.
“These systems are critical. If they go down, it results in high financial losses. That’s why the move to HUAWEI CLOUD marked a real milestone for us. Everything has been running smoothly and safely ever since,” said Juan Pierre Prinsloo, Infrastructure Manager of Seidor Networks.
"We were safe in the knowledge that our systems would be stable and available at all times. The speed of the cloud made it possible to effectively and efficiently manage systems while working from home,” said Terrence Chowles, Project Director of Seidor Networks South Africa.
The improved support services made operations and control easier than ever, and maintenance time was shortened by 30%. In addition, Seidor Networks went on to move ERP workloads to HUAWEI CLOUD, leading to a 20% reduction in operations and management costs compared to when using similar infrastructure services from AWS.
Seidor Networks is now positioned to quickly expand into East and West Africa, and this year, Seidor uses HUAWEI CLOUD’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to create a fully integrated control model. Seidor is also pursuing some other ambitious plans like multi-cloud orchestration, and it will potentially use more HUAWEI CLOUD services to drive its business forward.
About Seidor Networks
Seidor Networks, a Platinum SAP Partner, is Seidor's own cloud hosting division supporting customers across the globe with their scalable and secure hosting platforms. Seidor Networks provides managed services ranging from monitoring, support and firewalling, to Internet connectivity, hosting, and security services. Focusing on SAP B1 and providing fully managed SaaS services to customers in 19 industry verticals, Seidor Networks is the largest SAP B1 partner in Africa. The company also signed up as Huawei Cloud Consulting and Solution Partner in 2020.
About HUAWEI CLOUD
HUAWEI CLOUD is a leading cloud service provider, which brings Huawei's 30-plus years of expertise together in ICT infrastructure products and solutions. We are committed to providing reliable, secure, and cost-effective cloud services to empower applications, harness the power of data, and help organizations of all sizes grow in today's intelligent world. HUAWEI CLOUD is also committed to bringing affordable, effective, and reliable cloud and AI services through technological innovation.
About United VARs
United VARs is an SAP platinum partner, the highest level in the SAP® PartnerEdge® program and forms an alliance of leading IT solution providers to guarantee the best service and support for your international SAP implementations, ERP optimization projects, and cross-border nearshoring. It consists of over 50 market-leading VARs (Value Added Resellers) operating in approximately 100 countries, with 10,000 certified SAP consultants serving over 8,000 customers worldwide. To ensure the best possible service for SAP customers, potential member companies of United VARs must research and consult with SAP to ensure that they are among the best in their region.
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