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Cape Town – 03 September 2019
SA's HOSTAFRICA bags multi-million Rand acquisition
South Africa-based webhosting company HOSTAFRICA has confirmed its merge with Greycell CC, trading as AmpleHosting.co.za, and its multi-million Rand acquisition of the hosting market specialist company.
Effective from 1 September 2019, the deal opens the three-year-old company to additional human capital, suppliers, domains, technical equipment and customers. This is not HOSTAFRICA’s first acquisition – In December 2016, the company acquired VPS Networks to strengthen its cloud focus.
AmpleHosting.co.za has 15 years’ experience in pure webhosting, and an established base of 3,500 customers. The company specialises in easy initiation and integration of domains “using software that allows customers meticulous control of their websites and services.”
HOSTAFRICA is focused on cloud and virtual private server solutions across multiple operating systems, with servers based both locally and internationally.
It competes with domains.co.za, Xneelo (previously Hetzner) and OneGrid.
HOSTAFRICA says it is difficult for small enterprises to compete against multinational corporations that use their substantial amount of resources to dominate the South African hosting market.
“Right now, the market is fragmented with many small hosting companies who cannot make significant waves, stay relevant or keep up with rapid advancement in technology. Joining forces and expertise with other companies, as well as ensuring delivery of unparalleled customer service will increase our competitiveness. HostAfrica pursues a clear buy-and-build strategy. We carefully evaluated the hosting market for formidable partners that would strengthen our position in the hosting market. We reached out to AmpleHosting and opened discussions for mutual benefit. It was in both our best interests to unify and move forward stronger,” the company stated.
AmpleHosting does not offer VPS/Cloud solutions to its customers, only web hosting.
Following this acquisition, AmpleHosting customers will eventually gain access to HOSTAFRICA’s products such as Linux Virtual Private Hosting, Linux Cloud Hosting, Windows Cloud Hosting, VPS Reselling, as well as new products at HostAfrica such as WordPress Hosting, Comodo cWatch website security, Acronis Backups.
In the short term, according to information supplied, the AmpleHosting.co.za website will be updated with HOSTAFRICA branding, and its customer portal integrated, along with phone support and 24/7 service hours.
The companies also promise improved customer support and longer service hours.
“This partnership gives us the opportunity to combine our expertise and move forward stronger” says Graham Jame Paine, chief executive officer of Greycell CC.
Jame Pain will become a partner of HOSTAFRICA and Head of Product Management.
Michael Osterloh, Founder and Managing Director of HOSTAFRICA, as well as the owner of CLOUD.co.za and VPS.co.za, says “We believe joining forces will stimulate the hosting industry and increase competition. HOSTAFRICA has grown considerably in size and experience over the last three years. We intend to keep driving this momentum forward. We have more strategic partnerships and acquisitions planned that we believe will also be future successes.”
Cape Town – 24 August 2017
Host Africa introduces South African based cloud backup
Host Africa has released a new Cloud based backup solution based on enterprise grade backup software.
This makes Host Africa one of the first South African hosting providers that offers a Cloud Based Enterprise Grade Backup solution.
Be protected from ransomware
Due to the fact that all the backups are essentially time-based snapshots, users can recover from Ransomware attacks or accidental data deletion as they can then choose the last known good copy to restore their data.
Users can flexibly setup backup schedules and restore points.
With an intuitive user-friendly interface, the solution is suited for business of all sizes.
Data loss will no longer be a risk. Restores can be done granularly at either file or image level.
This allows you to back up a whole PC or Server and do a Bare Metal Restore to a new machine in case of hardware failure.
Backups are scheduled to run at a time and speed set by the user, thus enabling full control over network usage and possible congestion.
PC, Server, Virtual Machine backups
The solution is available as a standalone package for Office365 Backup, PC Backup, Virtual Machines or Servers.
Backups range from Full Image Backups through to File Based Backups.
What makes the so attractive is that only the first backup is a full backup. Future backups are subsequently incremental backups, thus only backing up data which has changed.
This saves a large amount of bandwidth – one of the major obstacles of Cloud backups solutions in South Africa.
Be secure – Fully redundant and encrypted
All data is stored in a high-redundancy environment and data is secured by encryption.
The end user can also specify additional encryption using a unique key to which only the user has access.
Backup plans start from R249 for single PC up to R1299 for full server backups including SQL databases.
Cape Town – 08 December 2016
HOSTAFRICA acquires VPS Networks as it continues to roll out its growth strategy in the South African Hosting Market
HOSTAFRICA acquires VPS Networks (cloud.co.za and vps.co.za), including its employees, technical equipment and customers, effective December 1, 2016. This acquisition will strengthen the strong cloud focus of the South African Hosting Provider further. The acquisition is backed by the Swiss investment company Concorde Industries.
(Cape Town, 08 Dec 2016) VPS Networks is one of South Africa’s oldest providers of virtual servers. The private company has vast expertise in cloud solutions and is able to tailor a service to any server hosting requirement. It offers a fully-automated portfolio of products, including small development servers and larger cloud servers for both Windows and Linux. Both companies, HOSTAFRICA and VPS Networks, share the same vision with a strong focus on customers and technical innovation.
“With our brands cloud.co.za and vps.co.za we grew more than 30% in the last year and we have been searching for a strong partner to facilitate continued growth”, says David Venter, Managing Director of VPS Networks. “And we found just such a partner in HOSTAFRICA. We couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.”
Venter will join the HOSTAFRICA team as CTO and his team will ensure that HOSTAFRICA goes from strength to strength. Current VPS Networks customers will be relieved to hear that nothing about VPS Networks’ services will change, apart from the invoicing, which will now be done by HOSTAFRICA.
HOSTAFRICA’s build & buy strategy
As a significant milestone, HOSTAFRICA’s major acquisition of VPS Networks marks an important step in fostering the company’s growth in the South African hosting market. HOSTAFRICA is focusing on organic growth while completing its portfolio with strategically relevant acquisitions.
“The takeover of VPS Networks by HOSTAFRICA is a coup for the fast growing South African hosting industry,” says Michael Osterloh, CEO of HOSTAFRICA. “The demand for cloud infrastructure continues to grow year on year. HOSTAFRICA believes that moving forward with an acquisition will help provide an extended and updated product portfolio to its clients, keeping them consistently competitive and relevant.”
The acquisition was supported by the Swiss investment company Concorde Industries, which became a shareholder in HOSTAFRICA during the acquisition. In partnership with HOSTAFRICA, the new investor is planning further strategic acquisitions in the South African hosting market.
HOSTAFRICA is an established hosting company that provides cloud & webhosting solutions, domains and SSL certificates. Mostly orientated towards providing SMEs hosting solutions, HOSTAFRICA offers self-managed, efficient and reliable hosting services at competitive and affordable rates.