Company Profile – Altonet (Pty) Ltd
Altonet was established as IDWS, or Internet Design and Web Services, in 1998 by two young Internet entrepreneurs, as one of the first ISP’s. In 2004, the business was transferred into a newly registered company called Alto Network Communications (Pty) Ltd and in September 2008, the company name was changed to Altonet (Pty) Ltd in order to align the legal name with the trading name. In March 2015, Altonet sold its ISP division and is therefore no longer involved in that space, and now specialises in IMG (Information and Governance) software.
Late 2008, Altonet was first introduced to Iron Mountain – a data backup and restore product set for servers (LiveVault) and for pc’s and notebooks (Connected). Iron Mountain was then the largest storage company of customer information, both physical and digital, in the world. This began a long relationship with what are amongst the best products in that area of IT – and acknowledged as such by organisations such as Gartner and IDC. In May 2011, the digital storage business of Iron Mountain was bought by Autonomy – which was then the second largest pure software company in Europe behind SAP, and based in Cambridge, U.K. Autonomy was, in turn, bought by Hewlett Packard Company, or HP, in October 2011, and LiveVault and Connected were integrated into the HP Data Protector suite of products. Hewlett Packard Company was, in turn, split into Hewlett Packard Enterprise (“HPE”) and HP Inc. in 2015. HPE specialises in hardware and software for enterprise customers and HP Inc. specialises in p.c.’s, laptops, printers and accessories. Altonet continued as a reseller of HPE, specialising in the IMG division (Information Management and Governance) of HPE.
During the second half of 2017), HPE sold its software division to Micro Focus in a deal which will see HPE shareholders owning a controlling stake in Micro Focus. Altonet now relates to HPE software products through Micro Focus, with no changes to it underlying relationship with HPE.
Micro Focus currently serves 98% of the Fortune 500 companies. It is the 7th largest pure-play software company in the world, behind such giants as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP etc, and is the 2nd largest in Europe, only behind SAP.
In 2014, Altonet became a reseller and distributor for Beachhead Solutions (“BHS”) SimplySecure encryption product in South Africa. SimplySecure secures end point devices by making use of the native encryption of the end point device, such as Bitlocker. It covers both PC and Mac OS’s as well as tablets, phones and USB devices. This features remote policy control for all devices covered, as well as enforced encryption, remote data wipe and remote data quarantine. Once a device is reported lost or stolen, such statuses are invoked regardless of internet connections, unlike competing products. Altonet is currently protecting close to 1 000 seats using BSS. There is increasing interest in SimplySecure due to the risk of devices carrying strategic information being lost or stolen. This is being spurred on by the soon-to-be enforced PoPI Act. SimplySecure works well with Connected, and was in fact spun off by Iron Mountain several years ago.
Altonet is now an Specialist Partner and reseller of Connected, LiveVault and Beachhead Solutions SimplySecure encryption, with certified engineers for all of these products. Altonet is also able to supply any product in the Micro Focus IMG stable of software. In addition, Altonet now has access to HPE hardware (servers, storage devices and similar).
In 2012, Altonet established a “vault” for its cloud-based data storage (or “SaaS” – Software as a Service) using LiveVault for servers, where it is now storing over 40Tb’s of customers de-duped and compressed data, representing well over 100Tb’s of data protected. These primary vaults are located in Teraco, Isando – the largest independent, vendor-neutral data centre in South Africa. A second, mirrored, vault is located in the MTN data centre in Gallo Manor for disaster recovery purposes.
In late 2013, Altonet established a “data centre” (Connected terminology for a vault for the back-ups of PC’s and notebooks). Altonet currently has almost 500 Connected users in this new data centre, as well as close to 10 000 licensed seats of Connected. Altonet currently is the only “HSP” or hosted service provider in South Africa for LiveVault and Connected.
Altonet services a wide range of entities, from quoted companies to SME’s. Its customer list includes:
- Cornasys Namibia
- Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
- Hernic Ferrochrome
- National Airways Corporation
- Manica Freight
- Transnet National Ports Authority
- Transnet Group, Capital Projects
Altonet is now located in Spaces, a Regus company, on Rivonia Boulevard in Rivonia.