Microsoft’s plans to make its cloud services directly available from local hyper-scale data centres located in South Africa from 2018, brings good news to enterprise customers and end-users looking to accelerate their journey to cloud computing.
In May last year, Microsoft announced its decision to build data centres in South Africa to host and deliver its Microsoft Cloud solutions locally. In December, Amazon followed with a similar announcement for its Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The initial availability of the Microsoft cloud technologies for local African businesses and consumers refers to Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 platforms.
Enterprises, NGOs, local start-ups and businesses throughout the African continent will be now able to employ the cloud business model delivered from these new South African regions, eliminating reliance on overseas data centres in Europe or the US.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing infrastructure and platform aimed at the building, deploying and managing of applications and services. You may hear us talk about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
The importance of doing so is significant for South Africa’s tech scene, and the continent at large, with added benefits numbering faster speeds to access data, lower latencies, and increased reliability and business continuity.
According to network solutions provider Seacom, the move will critically lower the cost barrier for adoption of these services for enterprise customers and remove the often-prohibitive international connectivity costs required to move to the cloud.
Enterprises will also be able to tap into a worldwide public cloud solutions provider with extensive security and reliability acumen and include public clouds in their cloud strategy.
Public cloud access has many advantages over private networks that may lack sufficient storage and processing power capabilities needed to store, access, and analyse growing amounts of business data.
A full public cloud experience such as Microsoft Azure will become a widely accessible and cost-effective option to the African enterprises. More importantly, it will provide local business with the confidence to finally move to the cloud.
The locally-hosted Microsoft Cloud solutions will also result in better and faster end-user experience.