Pan-African cloud based digital service provider inq. expands into Nigeria

inq. has officially launched in Nigeria, bringing to fruition the dream of building a pan African network across African cities to reimagine a better future through digital solutions.

Headquartered in Mauritius, inq. (formerly Synergy Communications) has extended its reach via the 100 per cent acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire with a further planned acquisition in Cameroon pending regulatory approvals. This landmark transaction grows inq.’s regional footprint as a leading enterprise solutions provider to 12 cities in 7 countries across Africa including its existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud.

Currently operating in 12 African cities: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg. The inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customized to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil & gas, FMCG, mining, health, real estate, IT, public sector and logistics.

 “Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions”, said Valentine Chime MD, inq. Nigeria.

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Temenos partners with Alibaba to power banks’ uptake of cloud services

Temenos, the banking software company, and Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, have announced that Temenos Transact, its next generation core banking product is now certified on Alibaba Cloud.

Financial institutions will be able to run Temenos’ mission-critical core banking applications on Alibaba Cloud and benefit from elastic scalability, cost and operational efficiencies.

Banks can now easily adopt Temenos’ world-leading banking software on the powerful Alibaba Cloud infrastructure.

More than 3,000 financial services institutions around the world leverage Temenos’ modern, cloud-native and API-first technology. Banks can now run Temenos’ core banking software in Alibaba Cloud and take advantage of the speed to market and agility of the cloud, enabling them to quickly reinvent their business models and their organization as a whole.

The growing demand for cloud-based and SaaS models is being accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic as banks require more resilient and agile technology propositions.

Cloud has become the established method of software deployment for smaller banks and neobanks that need to launch quickly with minimal IT infrastructure cost. However, incumbent banks increasingly require cloud-native software to future-proof their business, gain greater speed to market as well as reduce IT complexity and costs.

Temenos’ core banking software will now be available on Alibaba Cloud, and the two companies will jointly help banks go to market faster, open up new business models, and achieve industry leading cost/income ratios.

The two companies are already engaged in proof of concepts with banks and have joint customers in APAC.

Philip Barnett, Director, Strategic Growth, Temenos, said: “We are delighted to extend our leadership in the cloud and be the first to certify with Alibaba Cloud, a tech giant and a source of innovation widely recognized for its leadership in e-commerce and mobile payments. Cloud is the enabler for change; and particularly during this challenging climate – it gives financial institutions the agility and the resilience they need. Working with Alibaba Cloud we will help banks to elastically scale based on demand and remove operational complexities. Together we can help new entrants launch faster with lower costs as well as large banks break down silos and collaborate internally and externally, and provide outstanding customer experiences. Our certification on Alibaba Cloud demonstrates that our cloud-agnostic banking platform enables banks to pursue a multi-cloud strategy and have the highest levels of active-active resilience with the cloud provider of their choice.”

Lancelot Guo, President of Ecosystem and Sales Operations, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence: “We are delighted that Temenos has certified on our cloud. Temenos is the market-leading, cloud-native banking software provider accelerating the digital transformation for thousands of worldwide financial institutions. Combined with our comprehensive suite of cloud services, and a proven track record of delivering value, we together boost the capabilities of financial institutions, allowing them to accelerate their growth and innovation on the cloud.”

Temenos has been in the forefront of software innovation, consistently investing 20 per cent of its revenues in R&D and is pioneering in cloud banking for the last 10 years.

 Temenos was the first banking software provider to offer a core banking product in the cloud and the first to offer cloud-to-cloud, active-active multi-cloud resilience to eliminate downtime and dependency on a single cloud provider.

Temenos enables banks to significantly reduce their total cost of ownership through elastic cloud scalability, distributed database technology and multi-cloud resilience, all underpinned by the benefits of vendor and platform independence. Temenos accelerates banks digital transformation helping them to become more agile and innovate faster.

www.temenos.com

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[Column] Marius Burger: What does a cloud-connected Africa look like?

With a region as large and as vast as Africa, it is difficult to imagine a fully connected continent where every individual across all demographics, and every business across all sectors can harness the power of cloud computing.

Yet as technology continues to drastically change how we conduct our lives and connect with the world around us, this notion of a cloud-connected Africa becomes far more plausible and realistic.

In fact, many of us are already utilising cloud-enabled technologies on a daily basis. From cloud-based productivity apps to collaboration services like Microsoft Teams, the cloud is seamlessly integrating into our everyday lives. A future where a healthy cloud ecosystem is supported by integrated and innovative technologies is much closer than we think.

Enabling business continuity and growth

Given the current remote working environment, the value of cloud computing for local organisations can’t be emphasised enough. Apart from its geo-agnostic nature, the cloud is the best fit for today’s business landscape because of its scalability, flexibility and consumption-based charging model.

While being able to work from anywhere is key, this can be achieved through other, non-cloud-based technologies. However, the ability to rapidly implement and adapt in the cloud is what makes cloud-based solutions so valuable in our current business state. By driving efficiency and ensuring that employees are productive while working from home, cloud automation focuses workloads into the correct resource pools.

In turn, cloud services promote more streamlined operating systems and provide access to more markets and a wider range of service providers, helping companies reduce unnecessary costs and enable cost-effectiveness in the long run. 

Connecting data centres to customers 

As the demand for digital services continues to increase, the need for more processing power also grows, with more data centres setting up shop in our backyard. And, as more hyper-scalers position themselves in South Africa and throughout the continent, our technology industry is forced to find new solutions that will satisfy this hunger for the cloud. More sophisticated network architecture is required so that ISPs can find smarter ways to manage and orchestrate traffic between data centres and end-users.

Yet without reliable connectivity, no one can reach any cloud solutions, so there is also a responsibility on all ISPs to drive this penetration through Africa safely. Innovative products that are centred around cloud traffic are needed.

Thinking ahead

A fully connected Africa will, therefore, have intelligent networks, built on a foundation of stable and reliable facilities. In other words, the networking equivalent of a park-and-ride system with satellite navigation, ensuring traffic flow in peak hours and drivers finding the best routes to their destinations.

Reaching this desired connected state means a few critical things for our continent. Firstly, our connectivity will be on par with that of more developed countries. Secondly, it’ll enable any business to utilise the cloud and tap into the benefits cloud computing unlocks, essentially allowing companies of all sizes in all sectors to do business easier. Thirdly, cloud capabilities will be able to be deployed closer to end-users, resulting in an increased uptake of cloud-based services for consumers.  

Most importantly, however, a cloud-connected Africa could mean more job opportunities for parts of our population that previously couldn’t access work. And for a continent with high levels of poverty and unemployment, this is a massive win.

If governments, businesses and entrepreneurs embrace the opportunities that the cloud provides, Africa could distinguish itself by using the cloud to drive growth and add value. As we look to the future and strive to build a more connected continent, partnering with a forward-thinking cloud provider that can assist your business in planning for tomorrow, while taking full advantage of the latest cutting-edge technology, is crucial.

Marius Burger is the Chief Information Officer at SEACOM

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[Column] Patrick Ndegwa: The future of cloud computing: moving at the speed of business

is in the cloud.

And with services like cloud-based email, many companies are already using this innovative technology – whether they realise it or not. The conversation has changed from asking ‘what is cloud technology?’ to looking at how it can be harnessed to achieve business success.

Organisations need to be able to adapt at the same speed as this new technology and take advantage of the opportunities it presents. This will ensure business continuity and resilience in the long term. So what’s next for the cloud?

The future of cloud computing: opportunities for Africa

The Internet of Things  is set to become even more prominent, with companies able to automate and optimise more processes as connected ‘smart’ machines are used. Interconnected systems mean that business processes and actual equipment will be linked to ensure ease of access and optimisation. This has the power to significantly improve efficiency for businesses that can get it right.

This could include inventory systems that automatically order more stock when levels are low; smart machines that notify you before a part needs to be replaced; or logistics tracking that optimises routes and delivery based on orders and current traffic congestion. As we progress into this digital world of work, systems will become more interlinked and intertwined, providing opportunities for companies that are ready to take advantage.

Furthermore, the cloud enables remote working and service provision, regardless of where employees or organisations are located. This opens up business opportunities as distance from customers and clients is no longer a stumbling block.

African companies can offer their services to a wider market – and in turn use additional services – as a result of a digitally connected world. The same applies to workers; employees can search for jobs nationally and internationally, as opposed to simply searching for opportunities in their immediate area.

Business flexibility and scalability will be key to enabling growth while reducing unnecessary costs as a result of more streamlined operating systems and access to more markets and a wider range of service providers.

Ensuring the safety and security of the business

The importance of security in this new cloud-connected world cannot be stressed enough. As more data is moved to a cloud environment, businesses that don’t take security seriously become more susceptible to data breaches.

User rights need to be properly managed and the relevant software put into place to prevent cyberattacks and data leaks. In addition to this, each individual accessing a system affects the safety of the wider network, so employee training is vital. Accessing and managing data remotely will need to become a priority. The constant influx of data that is being collected and stored needs to be organised and used strategically. Regular backups are crucial in ensuring that information is safe and easily accessible should the original data be deemed at risk. This will ensure business continuity and reduce downtime.

Companies that stand to win will be those that partner with cloud providers that can help them put the right security measures in place.

Adapting to a cloud-driven world of business

Research indicates that by 2025, all of the world’s data is expected to increase by five times. This data is estimated to be worth around 123.2 billion USD. In addition to this, the mobile cloud services market will be worth an estimated $95 billion by 2024. This trend also applies to Africa.

As Internet usage in Africa grows, so does the amount of data created – as well as the value of that data. Accessing these huge amounts of data won’t be the biggest challenge – making sense of it will be. Companies that can collect, collate and analyse the sheer volume of data generated every day by their customers, employees and other stakeholders stand to gain a lot. If you aren’t organising your data and using it strategically, you will be left behind.

As we look to the future, the importance of partnering with a provider that can assist your business in meeting its operational needs to remain a top priority. A forward-thinking cloud partner can help your business plan for the future, while making the most of the latest innovative technology.

Patrick Ndegwa is Business Sales Lead for SEACOM East Africa

East African SMEs accelerate their growth with cloud deployments

SMEs in the East African region are using digital transformation initiatives to increase their competitiveness and ensure they are set for growth despite challenging trading conditions.

According to Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director: Central Africa at SAP, investments into new technologies will greatly assist SMEs in the region as they adapt to a very different operating environment. “As one of the most important drivers for job creation and economic growth, the SME sector is vital to the region’s economic recovery. Technology will continue to play a determining role in how well the sector recovers from this year’s events, while also digitally-tooling organisations to out-perform their competitors in this new economy and enabling them to execute the business, operate, and thrive in the market.”

In 2017, SMEs accounted for 98% of all businesses in Kenya and created 30% of all jobs annually. According to the International Trade Centre, SMEs contributed 34% of Kenya’s GDP in 2016. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic should not be underestimated: a recent Deloitte study found a 50% reduction in household and business spending, with direct consequences for the country’s SME sector.

After choosing SAP Business One and working with SAP implementation partner ACEteK, Mzuri Sweets now have a fully automated system that is accessible from web and mobile, enabling directors to make approvals from any location.

Ashika Modasia, Senior Accountant at Mzuri Sweets Ltd, says: “SAP Business One has united our company into one platform, bringing visibility to our management and allowing us to focus on growth.”

Stationery manufacturer Safari Stationers faced a similar issue. Its previous accounting system could not support the growth of a low margin, high volume business. Company management knew it needed a new system that could provide accurate monitoring and synchronise its operations.

Following the implementation of SAP Business One, Safari Stationers can monitor credit more easily, set up sales parameters to ensure only the correct number of orders are taken, while accessing richly detailed reports that have improved decision-making across the business. General Manager Deepti Vara says: “It’s been a smart and efficient journey with SAP Business One, and we are excited for the future.”

Guerreiro adds: “Having systems and processes in place that automate back-office operations can also free up valuable internal resources, which can be deployed to high-value areas to support the SME’s growth.”

This was certainly the case for Mauritian engineering services firm Sotramon Limitée. With access to only basic accounting information and relying on manual processes, the company could not rely on its existing systems to support adequate stock taking, analysis or up to date information about the business.

ACEteK supported the company’s digital transformation with an SAP Business One implementation that sought to replace manual operations with automated processes that enabled easy access to up-to-date reports. Sotramon Chief Executive Officer Barbara Ah-Sue says: “SAP Business One has changed my life. It has given my business independence, accessibility and versatility.”

Guerreiro believes there is great potential for further investment into new technologies that could help SMEs unlock new market opportunities. “Ultimately SMEs should strive to become Intelligent Enterprises that apply advanced technologies within integrated, agile business processes to turn insight into action. As the sector expands its capabilities, SMEs will be better placed to sense opportunities, risks and trends, and take advantage of market opportunities.”

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Why media production teams are adopting cloud-based solutions for a post-Covid world

“Change is inevitable … growth is optional,” says John C Maxwell, internationally recognised leadership expert and best-selling author.

As a renowned leadership guru, Maxwell may have been talking in general terms, but for media organisations in these tumultuous times, change has come along like an unstoppable tidal wave, with solutions to the challenge of remote working needing to be found. The question is – sink or swim?

So how do traditional media organisations, or any business with a digital community, prepare for this new remote working reality in a way that is sustainable into the future? Here’s why organisations should be looking to the cloud.

Collaboration

For content teams of photographers, social media managers or journalists, the ability to share multimedia from anywhere in the world, at any time, is critical.

Remotely uploading multimedia content onto a traditional in-house server, via a VPN for instance, is cumbersome at best, while other means of sharing content, via WhatsApp or file-sharing platforms, is inefficient, wasting valuable time, with no standard workflow or centralised archive in place.

Cloud-based workflow platforms solve this problem by allowing content producers to access and share media in real time on any device, negating geographical limitations and standardising the way media is collected from the field.

Cloud-based workflow platforms solve this problem by allowing content producers to access and share media in real time on any device

MojoReporter is an AWS-powered media workflow platform that increases the amount of valuable, monetisable media produced, allowing private teams to collect and submit digital content via mobile or the web to an access-controlled web dashboard – not only simplifying and speeding up the remote production process but centralising incoming multimedia assets in the cloud for future use and republishing.

Protecting your digital assets

It’s not just media organisations that need to protect their valuable digital assets; brands of all kinds are operating more and more like media organisations, communicating to customers and wider digital communities via multimedia content on social media, web or app platforms.

A centralised repository for storing, safeguarding and distributing your digital assets is crucial, but a physical server that relies on on-site hardware and software is expensive to set up and maintain and offers little in terms of full-scale integration with your other digital platforms or remote accessibility.

A cloud storage solution like BiblioDAM has many benefits, providing a single view of digital assets across multiple business units while allowing authorised users to access assets in the clouds from any device, anywhere in the world.

A cloud storage solution like BiblioDAM has many benefits, providing a single view of digital assets across multiple business units

Multiple taxonomy layers, coupled with a powerful Elasticsearch engine, mean no matter how much media you collect, searches are lighting fast – ensuring you’re never forced to scratch around in folders on a network drives, or on external hard drives, to find the media assets you require for your social media post, campaign, news item or more.

Remote distribution

Simplicity when it comes to distribution, it’s what every media organisation craves right now, given the complexity of executing a content strategy in a remote environment.

But with modern audiences demanding choice in the way they consume content, simplicity is becoming harder to find, with media needing to be distributed across multiple channels – including websites, native apps and video OTT platforms to name a few – in order to satisfy audiences’ consumption habits.

With modern audiences demanding choice in the way they consume content, simplicity is becoming harder to find

Cloud CMS platforms like BaobabSuite enable centralised publishing, media distribution and, most importantly, monetisation of digital content from anywhere in the world, on practically any device, meaning you could be publishing organisational content from your home office or a beach in Mauritius, while maintaining centralised control of content across multiple apps and websites.

What’s more, your overworked media department will thank you, with a platform that is integrated and accessible anytime, anywhere on any device; allowing them to focus on what they do best – telling great stories.

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Global public cloud revenue to grow to $258 billion in 2020, Gartner report

The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 6.3 per cent in 2020 to total $257.9 billion, up from $242.7 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc.

Desktop as a service (DaaS) is expected to have the most significant growth in 2020, increasing 95.4 per cent to $1.2 billion. DaaS offers an inexpensive option for enterprises that are supporting the surge of remote workers and their need to securely access enterprise applications from multiple devices and locations.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there were a few initial hiccups but cloud ultimately delivered exactly what it was supposed to,” said Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner. “It responded to increased demand and catered to customers’ preference of elastic, pay-as-you-go consumption models.”

Software as a service (SaaS) remains the largest market segment and is forecast to grow to $104.7 billion in 2020.

 The continued shift from on-premises license software to subscription-based SaaS models, in conjunction with the increased need for new software collaboration tools during COVID-19, is driving SaaS growth. The second-largest market segment is cloud system infrastructure services, or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which is forecast to grow 13.4 per cent to $50.4 billion in 2020. The effects of the global economic downturn are intensifying organizations’ urgency to move off of legacy infrastructure operating models.

Public cloud services serve as the one bright spot in the outlook for IT spending in 2020. Cloud spending in many regions is expected to grow rapidly as economies reopen and more normal economic activity resumes, with regions such as North America expecting to return to higher spending levels as early as 2022.

“The use of public cloud services offer CIOs two distinct advantages during the COVID-19 pandemic: cost scale with use and deferred spending,” said Mr. Nag. “CIOs can invest significantly less cash upfront by utilizing cloud technology rather than scaling up on-premises data center capacity or acquiring traditional licensed software.”

“Any debate around the utility of public cloud has been put aside since the onset of COVID-19. For the remainder of 2020, organizations that expand remote work functionality will prioritize collaboration software, mobile device management, distance learning educational solutions and security, as well as the infrastructure to scale to support increased capacity.”

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[Nigeria] eHealth Africa leverages Amazon Web Services cloud solutions to bolster operations

eHealth Africa, a non-profit organization that designs and implements digital health solutions in West Africa is leveraging on Amazon Web Services, AWS, cloud’s expertise which is designed to support every stage of their business in order to increase their chances of continuing their mission.

AWS has been working with health care providers in Africa to innovate, build new products and services and launch new applications.  

“As a small team and self-funded startup, we needed to move fast and couldn’t afford to waste development resources on infrastructure maintenance. AWS has so far offered managed solutions of almost everything we need. We are continuously surprised how well AWS services can work together, compared to having more infrastructure, as a service provider. Services which would normally require manual installation, maintenance and configuration are now easily set up on the console, “said Kobus Smit, CEO and founder of eHealth Africa.

Enterprises of larger scales typically have the budget for sophisticated technologies to streamline their business processes and expand their technological advantage. Cloud computing however enables the smallest of businesses to effortlessly access the reliable power of this innovative technology and rapidly grow.

Leveraging the right solutions and services enables companies such as eHealth to experiment with technologies that may otherwise be out of reach and expand their operations into the communities they target.

For eHealth Africa AWSprovides unrivalled levels of security, data protection, and compliance which is paramount to us as an organization that processes and stores large volumes of client data – bringing stakeholders peace of mind that their data is secure across all our digital platforms.

 In addition to leveraging AWS services such as Amazom ECS Fargate for its backend coupled with Amazon Lambda, the arrival of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region allows the company to deliver an enhanced service to its clients with reduced latency, ease of localised deployment, and simplifies their data protection requirements.

This has produced an ideal synergy of information technology and logistics and is the reason why a major objective of eHealth Africa has always been to host on and benefit from the use of AWS products.

To balance the need to protect health care data with the desire to innovate quickly, companies such as e-Health Africa look to embrace hybrid IT solutions that maintain control over existing network environments while using cloud technology to extend their services to underserved communities with tools to lead healthier lives.

AWS will therefore remain firmly on track to enhance eHealth’s capabilities and ensure they keep pace with the digital transformation that is a necessity for the growth of businesses across the continent.

www.ehealthafrica.org

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[Column] James Bayhack: The value of mobile marketing cloud technology

Marketing ultimately drives the sales of any business. Without it, many companies wouldn’t sell their products or services and wouldn’t survive in a highly competitive environment. By empowering organisations to reach their target audience, marketing has become a modern-day business essential, particularly in trying times.

As tech evolves at a rapid pace, so do marketing solutions – businesses are spoilt for choice with a wide range of marketing platforms that elevate customer communication. Arguably the most powerful of these is marketing cloud technology: an innovative and integrated suite of digital marketing tools that your team can start using today to improve customer experience and business performance.

Why marketing cloud software?

Depending on your software vendor of choice, marketing cloud technology has many capabilities and benefits. In general, these web-based services make it possible to communicate with your customers across digital platforms, including via the web, email, social media and mobile messaging channels. This is increasingly important, considering that we live, work and socialise in a digitally connected world.

Additionally, marketing cloud technology enables organisations to automate the customer journey in real-time, send targeted content and tap into impactful data analytics.

Informative and consistent customer data underpins the best marketing cloud software, allowing businesses to collect demographic and behavioural data from multiple sources and organise these insights on one centralised platform.

Customer data: The bedrock of cloud marketing

By bringing together customer information and interactions in an integrated platform, a marketing cloud helps organisations to form a complete understanding of their customers, their needs and the ways they interact with brands.

Instead of siloed, anonymous users, a marketing cloud converts data into 360° unified customer profiles that can be used to build unique segments and deliver more personalised and meaningful marketing campaigns using campaign management tools and visual workflow builders.

When you understand who your customers are, you can deliver hyper-personalised experiences across the entire customer journey. Recent research shows that proactively managing and investing in customer experience increases retention, satisfaction and revenue, meaning that a marketing cloud drives business success in the long run.

Mobile marketing is a top priority

Considering consumers spend most of their time on their mobile phones, it makes sense to opt for a marketing cloud that is uniquely focused on mobile. A mobile marketing cloud goes beyond personalised content and reaches customers where they want to be reached – on their personal devices via SMS, Email, WhatsApp and more.

By connecting with your customers on their preferred mobile messaging channels, you’ll be captivating their attention and catering to their needs – two key differentiators that will help your brand and your products or services to stand out.

Finding an omnichannel cloud platform that also enables commerce on mobile channels, offers added advantages. With payment links integrated into emails, WhatsApp chats and web pages, your customers can seamlessly make purchases, elevating the conversion process.

A marketing cloud is a compelling tool that can help future-proof any business, especially those that put their customers’ needs first. As customer-centricity becomes increasingly important, using technology that enables us to connect with and serve our customers is critical.

James Bayhack is the Director of sub-Saharan Africa at CM.com

[South Africa] Teraco endorses Routed move to join African Cloud Exchange

South Africa Vendor-neutral data centre, Teraco, has welcomed Routed, a cloud infrastructure provider and VMware Cloud Verified partner, as a local cloud provider to join the African Cloud Exchange (ACX).

Created to improve enterprise hybrid and multi-cloud performance through direct interconnection, Teraco’s African Cloud Exchange provides secure, direct, flexible network connections to a wide range of local and global cloud service providers.

As Africa’s first VMware Cloud Verified partner and one of the biggest, Routed now offers a VMWare cloud platform for clients seeking access to multiple cloud environments.  Routed has also recorded four years of 100% uptime and has achieved notable market share within the ISP sector.

Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed, says that the company is also the only African provider of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) within VMware’s vSphere 7 client software and that bringing the VMware cloud platform to ACX is another key milestone: “Multi-cloud strategies are growing in adoption as they mitigate service disruption and also reduce vendor lock-in. Routed, as a member of ACX, strengthens the ecosystem and will undoubtedly help in driving businesses to the cloud, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of IT spend.”

Andrew Owens, Manager of Interconnection & Peering at Teraco, says that the premise of ACX is to assist in the local drive towards the cloud, but in a secure and correct way: “While there was no time-pressure for businesses to adopt a cloud methodology, it is rapidly evolving, and the cloud is becoming a vital tool for any business wanting to succeed. ACX is a technology-neutral and growing ecosystem, and we are excited to welcome a local cloud provider such as Routed and its VMware platform.”

Teraco’s Owens says that ACX was developed to fully integrate with all cloud providers, adopting a modular, template-driven approach. “ACX will accommodate any cloud provider’s API: ultimately, we want to make it easy for the providers and clients to sell their products. By simply logging onto a portal, ACX enables provisioning of network circuits to any cloud provider, immediately reducing the administrative headaches of getting people connected.”

Dave Funnell, Senior Cloud Provider Manager, VMware Sub-Saharan Africa, says that in reality cloud is an operating model, not just a destination, and as such will often require a collaborative solution: “The inclusion of Routed in the Africa Cloud Exchange is a great example of collaboration in the cloud market. The benefit to customers is the availability of a fully verified VMware Private Cloud, delivered from a secure multi-tenanted platform with all the benefits expected from a cloud solution. Its location is also a major drawcard, with direct network connectivity to the public hyperscale clouds in the leading data centre provider in Africa.”

Funnell says that importantly, this will allow customers to accelerate the adoption of cloud services in the knowledge that their applications will run predictably in a robust, highly available environment, with the flexibility required for a successful business to adapt and grow: “Working with both Routed and Teraco on this initiative has been a rewarding experience. I look forward to engaging with VMware customers of all sizes, as they take advantage of the enterprise-grade cloud services being brought to market by Routed and Teraco.”

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