New Microsoft data centres to boost enterprise cloud adoption

With Microsoft planning to build hyper-scale data centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg to deliver a range of cloud services, enterprise adoption of IaaS, SaaS, and other cloud services is reportedly set to get a massive boost.
New Microsoft data centres to boost enterprise cloud adoption
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According to Robert Marston, ‎global head of product at SEACOM, Microsoft’s decision to locally host cloud services such as Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, will not only enable it to offer better performance and lower latencies, thereby providing a better end-user experience, but will also lower the cost barrier for adoption of these services for enterprise customers.

Significant step forward

“This represents a significant step forward for South Africa’s IT industry because it means organisations can access Microsoft’s rich selection of cloud services from a local data centre,” he adds. “This will not only give them more reliability, faster speeds and lower latencies than they can get when accessing cloud services from data centres in Europe or the US, but will also cut out international connectivity costs which have typically been a barrier to entry for the move to the cloud.”

When the Microsoft data centres go live in 2018, enterprises will be able to enjoy the full Azure experience with no performance compromises or hefty data charges.

"Confidence to migrate more aggressively"

Many CIOs will also be reassured that their data is hosted in a local data centre that complies in full with South African data protection laws, he adds. “Knowing that the data centres are in Cape Town and Johannesburg rather than Ireland or Germany will give many organisations the confidence to migrate more aggressively to the cloud,” Marston says.

Marston is of the opinion that, with the company hosting its cloud services locally, it is only a matter of time before the other cloud providers also start to set up data centres in Africa.

“The cloud business model simply makes sense for Africa, where skills and budgets are often lower than other developed markets. Using cloud computing for solutions such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) promises African organisations massive cost savings to operate and maintain their own data centres and on-site IT infrastructure.

"It also enables them to ramp computing capacity up and down in response to changing business needs and gives them the flexibility they need to innovate and grow with little risk. This is all being made possible by the growing availability and falling cost of high-speed fibre internet access,” he concludes.

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