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Ascent Technology helps Bidfood SA migrate to Microsoft Azure

Ascent Technology helps Bidfood SA migrate to Microsoft Azure

When Bidfood SA chose to modernise and migrate its data platform to Microsoft Azure, it turned to Ascent Technology for help. In a world that is digitally transforming, it is more vital than ever to an organisation’s success to utilise the latest platforms to drive...

Ascent Technology helps migrate Phumelela Gaming to Azure

A Windows Server and SQL Server consolidation, optimisation and migration to Microsoft Azure enables the company to reduce costs, modernise its data platform and boost its innovation capabilities. As an operator running two distinct betting businesses, Phumelela...

Ascent helps migrate Compatible Automotive to Azure

Microsoft Azure Data Platform Services not only boosts the company’s DR facilities, it also helps them deliver value-added services and innovative strategic solutions to its customers. In a digitising world, it comes as no surprise to learn that Compatible Automotive...

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Prepare for SQL Server 2012 End of Support

Prepare for SQL Server 2012 End of Support

On July 12, 2022, support for SQL Server 2012 ended. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation....

Prepare for Windows Server 2012 End of Support

On October 10, 2023, support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 ended. That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance...

Database Administration and Support Service from Ascent Technology

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Microsoft Data and Analytics Partner of the Year Finalist

Microsoft Data and Analytics Partner of the Year Finalist

Ascent Technology continues its strong showing in the Microsoft Partner of the Year awards, as a finalist in the Data and Analytics Partner of the Year award. Finalist Data and Analytics Partner of the Year "It is always gratifying to be recognised by Microsoft as one...

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Introducing SQL Server 2022

SQL Server 2022 is the most Azure-enabled release yet, with continued performance, security, and availability innovation. SQL Server, enabled by Azure Arc, extends Azure services on-premises, and manages your SQL Server estate from the Azure portal for a more unified...

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From the Desk of the MD – January 2019

From the Desk of the MD – January 2019

The start of another year inevitably brings with it the promise of change, and in wishing all our clients a happy New Year, we would like to suggest that 2019 is going to be a year of considerable and exciting change. After all, not only do we have what are sure to be...

Case Study EnviroServ

EnviroServ trusts Database Specialist company Ascent Technology

19 Aug 2014

EnviroServ co-sources Database Administration and Consulting to Specialist Database Infrastructure company Ascent Technology.

As a company that has been providing responsible African waste management innovations and solutions for more than 33 years, EnviroServ is well placed to partner with organisations looking for best practice sustainable waste solutions. EnviroServ offers products and services to cover the hazardous and non-hazardous waste management requirements of clients from all industries.

EnviroServ has a complete on-premise IT environment, comprising hardware, software, infrastructure and networks, which serves the entire organisation. This is complemented by a strong and capable in-house IT department and development team, which customises software and applications or self-develops these, according to organisational requirements.

David Funck, General Manager IS at EnviroServ, explains that the company operates a full Microsoft SQL Server environment with more than 60 databases. Despite the experience of its in-house IT department, he says, EnviroServ felt that managing an environment of this size and complexity would require something extra. “When it came to the maintenance and control of these systems, EnviroServ chose to increase its access to skilled resources by bringing Ascent Technology on board as its co-sourcing partner.”

“The additional skill and expertise we are able to access through this relationship with Ascent perfectly supplements our own abilities in this regard. We now not only have a trusted partner that assists us in managing our database environment, we are able to escalate issues when such a course is required, and Ascent is providing ongoing skills transfer to our people. This is co-sourcing at its best,” he says.

Francois Rautenbach, EnviroServ’s Systems Development Manager, adds that Ascent has also assisted EnviroServ to streamline and implement best practice around back-up and recovery, reducing the required maintenance windows significantly in the process. “This means that our potential business loss has been drastically reduced, in the event of having to recover from significant system failure.”

“We now have very capable resources assisting us in a number of specific areas of specialisation and responsibility. We are very fortunate to have partnered with Ascent, as it is not easy to employ a single resource that can perform such a variety of tasks,” he states.

According to Funck, the partnership between the two organisations is now nearly two years old and the stability it offers EnviroServ means that he is looking forward to implementing new projects in conjunction with Ascent in the near future.

“For one thing, Ascent will assist us with our upgrades to SQL Server 2014 and the migration of our databases from the older hardware – 1GB backplane infrastructure – to the new 10GB equipment, as part of a back-end refresh we have planned. As part of this refresh, we will also be moving to an enhanced virtualised environment where we will be creating our own private cloud, so Ascent’s experience in this regard will also be invaluable,” adds Funck.

Johan Lamberts, MD of Ascent Technology, suggests that the partnership continues to move from strength to strength. “We are eager to assist EnviroServ with this migration and upgrade project and will continue adding additional value to the company over the course of the forthcoming year,” he says.

Looking ahead, Rautenbach points out that when it comes to issues around governance, security and vulnerability management, EnviroServ needs to be able to track the increasing number of database events that are occurring, as they occur.

“We will be working closely with Ascent in determining which solution will best suit EnviroServ in realising this capability. As database management specialists, their input and understanding of our technical environment will no doubt assist greatly in guiding the product choice,” he concludes.

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