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IronTree Acronis Award

Cybersecurity experts, IronTree, recognised on a global stage

Second win in a row demonstrates consistency

South Africa may be ranked 6th in the world on the list of countries most affected by cybercrime, but one local company is making great strides to reduce these statistics.
Cybersecurity experts, IronTree, received The Acronis #CyberFit Loyalty Award in the United States, given to partners for working and continuously growing with Acronis for over five years to recognise their loyalty and commitment to promoting our solutions.
Acronis is a leading global data protection software vendor with headquarters in Switzerland and Singapore. Established almost twenty years ago, Acronis currently protects the data, applications, systems, and productivity of 750, 000 businesses in more than 150 countries, safeguarding them against cyberattacks, hardware failures, natural disasters, and human errors.
This was the second year in a row that IronTree was recognised at the annual Acronis Cyberfit Summit in Miami. “IronTree has been exemplary partners. Last year, they won Best Service Provider in the Middle East and Africa Region, and now, with this award, they are an excellent example of what it takes to keep clients secure; tireless energy and a deep commitment to service,” explained Peter French, Acronis General Manager for the Middle East and Africa region.
Steve Porter, Managing Director of IronTree, added, “From 16,000 partners around the world, this accolade demonstrates the solid foundation we have built for consistency. It is so important to us that a South African company has been acknowledged again. We’re a proudly African organisation.”
Acquired by Metrofile in 2021, IronTree has been expanding its SecureIT product suite to outpace the evolving cybersecurity landscape. In July, they announced a partnership with Sendmarc, offering the best cybersecurity package on the market to help businesses tackle email impersonation.
Pfungwa Serima, Group CEO of Metrofile, concluded, “With our holistic suite of services, we provide customers with an end-to-end solution for all aspects of their information management journey.  While we are a B-BBEE Level 1 company in South Africa, this award is an example of how local empowerment can achieve global credibility, as we continue to extend our international footprint. We have seen two years of disruption, and during that time, a transition into the new world. Metrofile is going boldly into the future.”


 For the Thune Dam water treatment plant, the Siemens Solution Partner Moreflow (Pty.) Ltd., headquartered in Francistown, Botswana, supplied the automation and electrical equipment and services. The scope of supply included the mediumand low-voltage electrical system as well as drive components and process instrumentation.

 The company also designed and implemented a comprehensive package for plant automation and monitoring. One special aspect of this project was linking remote systems in the villages to the central WinCC system via UHF radio, which offers a cost-effective and low-maintenance connection even in very remote locations.


“This way, the operators in the central control room can view the entire system, including the distributed pump stations and storage tanks,” says Mike Tearnan, Director at Moreflow. “Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, digital solutions based on reliable remote connections have proven very beneficial, as the automation systems and processes can be monitored and controlled without staff having to be at the site.”


 Aside from offering a broad range of options, the integrated solution also helps ensure a secure supply of spare parts over a plant’s entire lifecycle. Changes are easy to implement, as all Siemens systems are engineered using the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal. «Seamless configuration of all devices from just one software platform is so simple that we can easily configure projects in 40 percent less time. And if customers have last-minute changes, they can be implemented across all devices in the network with no trouble,» confirms Mike Tearnan.

feedback to the user in terms of where their request ranks. So, what we are doing now is we’re building a voting system where you can get your share added to the list of shares that are up for voting, then customers can vote for the shares they want added. This will create more transparency, rather than something that goes as a file to our team and the team rules over the form but there is no feedback to clients.



 Moreover, the seamless integration of all components using the TIA Portal and the Profinet backbone ensures optimum data visibility. Reliable industry-grade components from Siemens are used on all levels to ensure high plant availability.

“Siemens provided digitalisation, flexibility, and customisation in deploying the technology, which was the right fit for the project. Based on close cross-collaboration between all our divisions, several elements from the Siemens portfolio could be successfully integrated. The fact that it was all brought together by our Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal makes it even better,» says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens South Africa.


 Since starting operation, the plant has continued to provide not only a reliable source of drinking water, but also jobs for the local population. “With this project, we are also helping to develop local skills. Staff of the operating company Water Utilities Corporation received training at the Siemens Sitrain center in Midrand, South Africa, and in Botswana. Now they can utilise these skills to run the plant,” explains Mike Tearnan.

“This deep involvement of the people at the site is a significant factor for successful project implementation.”


 With the treatment plant in full operation, Mike Tearnan already has plans to expand the services that Moreflow is able to offer to customers based upon the Siemens digitalisation portfolio: “We look forward to introducing the digital twin concept in future projects. This will allow us to do an upfront design confirmation to better mitigate project challenges, which will translate into significant cost savings and ensure that projects are completed on time. Moreover, we are looking at cloud connectivity to MindSphere, the leading IoT as a service solution from Siemens.”

These plans are well in line with Siemens’ digitalization strategy. “Digitalization provides important tools to network systems and to support novel approaches of data analysis in operation and maintenance. With our comprehensive digitalization and automation solutions, we are steadily increasing the adoption of innovative technologies and effectively addressing our customers› challenges,» explains Ralf Leinen, Senior Vice President of Siemens Digital Industries for Southern and Eastern Africa.

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