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Welcome to Silicon Overdrive!

Microsoft Azure

As Microsoft Partners, we provide Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure managed services including architecting, migration, security, maintenance and monitoring of your Microsoft Azure environments with a security and compliance emphasis.  

How does Microsoft Azure work?

Why Silicon Overdrive?

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Consultancy

Our team of Microsoft Azure consultants will assess your infrastructure and provide expertise and optimized solutions based on your business requirements. 

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Cost Savings

As Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSP) we offer our customers the option to be invoiced by us in ZAR for Azure usage at a reduced rate, no credit card required. Microsoft’s pricing is also pay-as-you-go, but they charge per minute, which provides a more exact pricing model.

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Assessments

Our team will assess your existing cloud infrastructures for opportunities for improvement, cost optimization and alignment with best practices and security standards. 

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Architecting
and Migration

We provide customers guideline Microsoft Azure architectures with usage estimates optimized for their requirements. These architectures are based on the Microsoft Azure and security best practices. Our teams build out and assist customers migrate to scalable, high availability, secure and optimized Microsoft Azure infrastructures.

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Cost Optimization
and Management

We continually analyze your Microsoft Azure usage, optimize your architecture and implement controls to deliver cost saving.

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Monitoring
and Maintenance

Microsoft Azure has a shared Security and Compliance responsibility model. We provide customers with fully Managed Services inclusive of maintenance, monitoring and alerting, patch management and security hardening and services relieving customers of this operational burden. 

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Benefits

With Microsoft’s newly launched South African data centres.

There are two data centres in South Africa, which will reduce latency and provide data sovereignty. Get three additional years of security updates for free when you move your Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure. 

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Security and Compliance

Our services include security and compliance with significant expertise and experience in assisting customers secure their cloud infrastructures and achieve and maintain compliance. 

Use Cases

Microsoft has published a few Case Studies for South African companies who have made the switch to Microsoft Azure. We have listed two of the case studies below to show you how Azure can help your business.

The Challenge

In the next few years, SPAR plans to reduce its server footprint in South Africa by a third and its virtual machine (VM) count by half. It’s an aggressive goal, but in 2017, SPAR cut 90 of 350 VMs and believes it can accelerate the pace in 2018/2019.

The Solution

For SPAR, the idea is not just to cut costs on hardware for servers, storage, and backups or reduce administrative overhead, it’s about independence. The cloud gives SPAR the flexibility and scalability they need to expand operations at will and not be constrained by the capacity limits of an on-premises IT infrastructure.

The Outcome

Because SPAR adopted Azure, their distribution centers and stores can access critical functions through the cloud, so they can provision store-supporting applications and services in minutes – not the hours that it used to take. Similarly, this approach provides consistent access to a common set of solutions across the company – for everything from email to accounting. SPAR wants its people to work with standardized systems and standardized configurations. That’s the only way to make their digital transformation complete. Azure helps them make that goal a reality.

The Challenge

The Casterbridge Music Development Academy (CMDA) was founded to provide much-needed support and training to South Africa’s talented young musicians—creative young stars planning to earn a living by making music.

The Solution

Competing for a finite pool of funding, the CMDA realized the need to extend its e-learning platform to mathematics and science, which would help the organization attract additional grants and donations. The CDMA decided to use the 2Enable digital education solution. It was at this point that the Mpumalanga Department of Education decided the solution would also work well in local schools.

The Outcome

Today, the 2Enable platform has approximately 6,000 registered online users, with a further 6,000 downloads of the app. It is slated for future use by all teachers in the Eastern Cape province (approximately 54,000 teachers) and 2Enable digital libraries have also been installed in more than 70 schools across the country. CDMA’s core technology includes a testing platform, a live website that hosts the 2Enable domain, and a repository that syncs with digital libraries.
“With Azure we can deliver a national solution with confidence,” says Michael Matthews, Program Manager for 2Enable at Casterbridge Music Development Academy.

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