Founded ClickHOST, webhost provider
Initial AWS Project
Afonza born in the cloud with exclusive focus on AWS
Afonza becomes part of groupelephant.com
Afonza rebrands to EPI-USE AWS Services
EPI-USE AWS Services, formerly Afonza, grew out of EPI-USE taking a majority equity interest in Afonza in late 2019. Founded in 2017 by Carel and Stefan Bekker, Afonza was a born-in-the-cloud company focusing on enabling and assisting organizations to migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or to manage AWS infrastructure already in use. As an Advanced AWS Partner, EPI-USE AWS Services has a close relationship with AWS, providing tailor-made solutions for businesses that need reliable, managed cloud infrastructure.
We offer highly-redundant and scalable AWS-based solutions to manage the use of cloud infrastructure effectively for almost any technology application. We also provide pure advisory services for migration to AWS, optimization, and delivery of secure, robust, reliable, and scalable support for an organization’s AWS-related needs.
Our genesis was when Carel Bekker’s web hosting company, ClickHOST, was sold in 2017, and we opted to focus exclusively on AWS services. Our hard work and focus were rewarded when EPI-USE acquired Afonza in late 2019.
Combining with EPI-USE positions us to serve EPI-USE’s SAP® customers and to take advantage of AWS’s geographic reach, cost savings, agility, elasticity, and ability to innovate rapidly. AWS was the first cloud provider to host SAP in 2011, and now serves over 5,000 active SAP customers globally.
As of early 2021, EPI-USE AWS has over 50 AWS Certifications, 8 professional certifications, 20 Associate certifications, and 26 Cloud Practitioner certifications. We also achieved the Windows on EC2 delivery designation to serve Windows clients. We are a Well-Architected Framework Partner, allowing us to conduct Well-Architected Reviews for new or existing AWS clients.
You may think that the web is risky, but with AWS, you could be more secure than in your on-premises environment. AWS provides the world’s most secure cloud platform, and access to a wide range of security tools and services, including data privacy and infrastructure protection, and identity and access management. Your organization will benefit from data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of highly security-sensitive organizations.
We set up policies and firewalls to make sure that your cloud infrastructure is not vulnerable to attacks, and can withstand online threats like Cross-Site Scripting, SQL injections, or Brute Force DDOS attacks. We continuously monitor your server infrastructure to detect malware or other threats, and quickly take care of anything we find.
No cloud infrastructure is going to purr along perfectly 100% of the time; cloud infrastructure needs constant care and vigilance. As such, we proactively set up down-alerts to notify us of anything that goes awry. We have a team monitoring these alerts 24/7 to ensure all problems are dealt with as soon as possible. Since we have server-level access, we ensure that all problems related to your specific infrastructure are resolved promptly.
By launching your infrastructure on the flexible AWS cloud, you can deploy your application in minutes. Reach your customers quickly, and as website traffic ebbs and flows, take advantage of elastic capabilities that the AWS cloud is known for. You can scale resources up or down in real time as your needs change, enabling a lean, adaptable infrastructure for your business. Automation capabilities can be enabled to leverage this elasticity instantly, based on rules and volume thresholds that you can set and customize.