by Phillip Kamungoma , Social Media Marketer at AboutIT
This past week, Microsoft officially launched their first major African Data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg, which are said to power their Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Edge solutions across the African continent. While this is not exactly a grand Announcement for African business (I mean we’ve BEEN in the cloud) it does have some significance for the African Climate.
With Microsoft launching their centers, and Amazon and Huawei not too far behind, it is evident that major Corporations identified the need for African Business to secure the privacy of their data (which is a major concern with offshore alternatives).
Firstly, hosting locally mean the center is subject to the Protection of Personal Information Act – which requires that data be stored within the borders of the country – while providing businesses with enterprise-grade security, capability, and reliability. This provides piece of mind as users know their data won’t be subject to resell and government monitoring, as is the case in some other countries.
Secondly, by having your data stored relatively close to their base of operation, businesses can largely bypass the oversubscribed international data channels and enjoy a dramatic reduction in latency for faster, smoother user experience.
The reputable nature of the Microsoft brand will also encourage previously skeptical companies to migrate to cloud-based services, as the less-known predecessors failed to instill the level of confidence that a global brand will. As such, the movement from hardware-based solutions will most likely become a norm in the coming years, making day-to-day operations more fluid, and benchmarking South African businesses in the same operational ratings as first-world corporations. It is evident that the future is in the cloud, and infrastructure such as the data centers will no doubt assist in the transition.