Microsoft News: African Data Centres
Microsoft brings digital transformation opportunities with the arrival of its first African data centres
Microsoft announced that its first African data centres are now open to customers. Allowing the general availability of Microsoft Azure from new cloud regions in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
What does this mean for Africa?
This investment will help drive significant growth, in line with both the continents digital transformation objectives and the realization of new economic opportunities. The launch also makes Microsoft the first global provider to deliver cloud services from datacentres on the continent. With these two new regions joining the 54 available and announced regions worldwide, more than any other cloud provider. Over the past 5 years, businesses across the continent have increasingly realized the significant benefits of operating in a cloud service. According to the Cloud Africa 2018 report, use of the cloud among medium and large organizations has more than doubled. From less than 50 percent in 2013 to pervasive use in 2018.
While Kenyan and Nigerian businesses see business efficiency and scalability as the most significant benefits of cloud computing, South African companies view time-to-market and speed of deployment as the greatest advantage.
Access to a more secure cloud offering
While companies know the importance of cloud, African businesses are still concerned about cyber threats. Which means the security and reliability of cloud services are pivotal when discussing digital transformation. At the same time, cloud services can help meet compliance for evolving laws around data protection, which have become increasingly focused on data residency requirements.
With locally delivered cloud services from data centres in South Africa, companies now have the option to move to the cloud while maintaining security and meeting compliance needs. In addition, they can benefit from improved performance, afforded by the closer geographic location of the new data centres.
Driving economic growth through digital transformation
The new datacentres are the latest example of Microsoft’s ongoing investment to enable digital transformation across Africa.
In 2013, Microsoft launched its continent-wide 4Afrika Initiative, working with governments, partners, start-ups, and youth to develop more affordable access to the internet. As well as 21st-century skills and locally relevant technology.
As just one example of other strategic investment initiatives in Africa, Microsoft is also expanding FarmBeats. This helps farmers benefit from technology to Nairobi, Kenya. FarmBeats strives to enable data-driven farming, coupling data with farmer’s knowledge, to increase farm productivity and help reduce costs. The work in Nairobi will address the specific challenges of farming in Africa, with the intent of expanding to other countries across the continent.
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