Climb into our time machine

Looking back on 15 years of achievement.

Climb into our time machine as we go back and share some beautiful historical events that took place to form and mold Snowball into the success story it is today.

 an abbreviated history of Snowball

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The seed is planted

Eugene was inspired to start his own business in 1997 when he discovered a software program called FrontPage. He contacted his brother Storm to design a logo for this new conceptual company called Snowball Effect.

FrontPage allowed them to publish the logo and a web page to the WWW. They were hooked!

1998

Snowball was officially started on 1 September 1998 when Eugene and Storm decided to pursue their dream of building their company. The first data centre was a converted garage and operated on a 33K leased line. Initial services were hosting and e-commerce. Most of their first clients were family and friends. At one stage the 33K leased line sustained 50 mailboxes and over 30 websites!

The first Snowball website went live on 1 November 1998 and Snowball became part of the greater Internet. Here are more of the milestones:

1999

Collaboration with older brother Toerie to build an Internet Cafe, called “SnowCafé”

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Employed their 3rd Employee, Lana Groenewald – their very first designer.

2000

Click on the link way-back machine link below to see what the website looked in the new millenium. http://goo.gl/VnUapv

2001

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Registered over 2000 domains

2002

Focussed on Marketing – bought a Smartcar and got it branded with the company logo

2003

Started using MikroTik for routing, Linux for firewalling

Dec 2003 Started offering wireless services

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Built their first high site on Papagaai Berg, Stellenbosch

Started offering ADSL services

2004

Moved from the house in Die Boord to Data Voice House in Technopark.
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Built a new data centre by converting offices.
Connected infrastructure using fibre

 

 

 

 

2005

Automated hosting setup by implementing Plesk control panel helping Snowball achieve much greater economies of scale.

2006

Set up 30th wireless high site at Maastricht

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2007

Implemented a dedicated billing system allowing even greater automation.

Initial BEE certification

2008

Stopped using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word) and Microsoft Exchange.

Converted all documents to Google Docs.

Best software return on investment made to date.

2009

Over two thousand radios (antennas) installed.

2010

Moved to Capital Place in Technopark

Snowball joins Facebook

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Built 3rd data centre from scratch featuring fully redundant aircon, UPS, telco facilities, biometric access control, and power to each cabinet

DC fibre installation

2011

Converted Windows desktops to Ubuntu

2012

Virtualized entire hosted infrastructure

2013

BEE level xxx certification

Awarded tender to design and install Cape Winelands District Municipality wireless Wide Area Network covering Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester, Ceres, Robertson, and Montague.

Over the last 15 years, Snowball grew from strength to strength, focusing on exceptional client service, nimble systems, and personalized support.

Thank you for all the continuous support throughout.

 

 

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