In a post-recession climate, commercial software continues to lose traction in favour of Free and Open Software Solutions (FOSS), particularly in the corporate environment. However, with a lack of support available both locally and internationally, companies are left having to fend for themselves, or forced to pay handsomely for specialised technical support.
South African development company, Snapt, has launched a series of revolutionary user interface tools that effectively utilise this open source software to provide powerful and economical solutions for corporate clients. Snaptâ€™s high-endÂ customizedÂ open source software tools are not only easy to use, but at the same time offer the kind of support and reporting traditionally associated with commercial software offerings.
Despite being relatively new to the market, it hasnâ€™t taken long for Snapt to get noticed by some heavy hitters at both a local and international level, with NASA JPL, EuroVPS, and NeoAssist already among their pedigreed list of clients.
The companyâ€™s two initial software offerings â€“ Snapt HAProxy and Snapt Squid â€“ have been built with business in mind, and afford enterprises the ability to effectively manage server capacity, as well as to maintain and monitor network systems and intranets.
â€œOur mission in the creation of Snapt was essentially to make open source software accessible and useable for big businesses,â€ says Dave Blakey, CEO of Snapt. â€œThe user interfaces weâ€™ve created can empower enterprises to really harness these existing frameworks, and ultimately manage them in the same way they would with commercial software, but at a fraction of the cost.â€
In addition to an impressive clientele, Snapt has also managed to garner the support of 4Di Capital, a venture capitalist firm who immediately saw the potential of the company to deliver real return on investment for corporate firms.
â€œWe immediately identified with the opportunity to make FOSS network and server applications more accessible to a broader market,â€ says Douglas Cherry, a partner at 4Di Capital. â€œSnapt offers a rich supplementary layer of value-added functionality, delivery and management capabilities, and we see it as being perfectly positioned to present an advantageously disruptive product to the network and server management space.â€
With on-going investment and support from some of the worldâ€™s biggest brands behind them, Snaptâ€™s future is bright, and, according to Blakey, this is just the beginning of the journey.
â€œThe potential of FOSS is unlimited, and weâ€™re always looking to deliver an increased range of enterprise-ready offerings to a broader market,â€ says Blakey. â€œThe need for such solutions is apparent, and we will continue to devise unique, user-friendly interfaces to efficiently and cost-effectively service the full spectrum of corporate requirements.â€