About Tsolo

Founded in 2018 by a team of engineers and developers who met while working at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) on the MeerKAT project, Tsolo’s goal was to build the first cloud computing and data storage manufacturing company in South Africa.

By bringing together world-class skills in hardware and software design, we’ve built a portfolio of cutting-edge computing products with an unprecedented level of local content.

In 2022, we were awarded funding by the Technology Innovation Agency and the National Research Foundation to build our peta-scale hot and cold storage systems respectively: Tsolo RED and Tsolo BLUE.

Who we work with

Our clients include commercial entities and government institutions including the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

Meet the Team

Martin Slabber

Lead: Dev Ops

Simon Ratcliffe

Lead: Architecture

Thomas Bennett

Lead: Storage

Live Tembiso

Software Developer

Jeremy Main

Executive Consultant

Khutso Ngoasheng

Executive Consultant

How we work

We use local talent and ingenuity to build innovative, cost-optimised computing infrastructure to meet the business needs of South African organisations. We follow industry best practices with Kanban-style development.

What we're good at

Engineering the full stack

Building our infrastructure from the circuit boards through to the user interfaces.

Innovating with purpose

Maintaining a focus on meeting our client’s practical business needs throughout a project.

Keeping it open

Using and passing on the cost benefit of open source to make high-performance technologies more affordable and interoperable for the local market.

Our guiding principles

Believe in local

We have the talent and the ingenuity in South Africa to build world-class technology. What we can source, build and code locally, we do. (We aim to spend 70% of our costs in South Africa.)

Embrace difference

Create a team that reflects and relishes different perspectives, cultures, subcultures, thinking styles, experience and approaches.

Work towards greener

Purposefully build computing technology from the ground up to be more energy- and resource-efficient.

Looking for a petabyte-scale storage system?

Contact us if you have any questions about our products or consulting services.