Internet Solutions, one of South Africa’s biggest internet and connectivity providers, is taking the cloud fight to other service providers with the launch of its new Elastic Wide Area Network (e-WAN) infrastructure.

What this means is that IS will be able to provide connectivity speeds of 10Mbps to 4Gbps on an hourly for-hire basis, meaning if you have a spike in your online traffic you can increase your bandwidth as you see fit for an hour.

The technology is built around the software defined network (SDN) architecture principles, and in theory it provides IS clients with real-time service delivery on a network that is incredibly elastic and can be scaled quickly as demand increases.

In layman’s terms, it provides businesses who are signed up to the service with fast bandwidth-on-demand capabilities, making it cheaper to scale according to need.

A similar technology forms the backbone of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for its Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is also available in South Africa. Where Internet Solutions can quickly scale the available bandwidth on the fly, EC2 uses a virtual computers-for-hire principle on which businesses can run their own computer applications. EC2 also works on an hourly rate for scalability in terms of bandwidth and speeds.

“Greater operational efficiency as well as speed are key tenets for network management. They are also crucial factors in our ability to maximise the opportunities that arise with the growth of the Internet of Things over the coming years. With our SDN enabled network our clients will be able to take advantage of market trends and bring their services to market much more quickly,” said Greg Montjoie in a press statement.

The e-WAN service is currently in a trial phase with a number of companies in the country, but it will enter commercial application sometime next year. It will be available between Cape Town and Johannesburg data centres, which should enable near real-time network management, automation of network operations and greater application control.

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