Its a good time to fine tune your Azure cloud road map

Microsoft has announced that its Azure Cloud is coming to South Africa in the form of two new data centres, to be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

“We are announcing for the first time that the Microsoft Cloud will be delivered directly from Africa with data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with initial availability of our cloud technologies in 2018,” said Julia White, corporate vice-president for Azure and Security at Microsoft. The first cloud technologies to be made available to local businesses and consumers through the local data centres are Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365.

Azure footprint is growing

Microsoft did not say where it is building the data centres. It has also not disclosed the level of investment it is making. The plan to open the two data centres now means that Microsoft will have 40 Azure regions around the world. White said Microsoft’s geographic reach is at least twice the size of its next cloud competitor.

White said it makes sense to invest in infrastructure in Africa given the “incredible innovation and growth” taking place on the continent. The local data centres will offer “enterprise-grade reliability and performance and local data residency, which is very important for African companies”. The facilities “will improve services from Cairo to Cape Town”, she said. Microsoft said it’s still working on pricing models.

Complexus can help you move to Azure

In reaction to the news of the investment, Marc Lenferna, Director of Service Delivery at Complexus, said; “This development is something that will help clients simplify their decision to switch to a cloud based operating model. We hear many concerns in South Africa and wider Sub-Saharan Africa, that clients worry about bandwidth and data sovereignty. Having not one, but two Microsoft data centres here in South Africa is a massive step in the right direction to addressing these concerns for both small and large companies considering cloud and a SaaS based pricing model.”

Nick Bradshaw, Director of Digital Products at Complexus said, “We have clients adopting and deploying solutions utilising cloud based platforms such as Office 365 and Azure, and as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), we are firmly paced to help clients navigate the move to cloud with clear road map and managed support package”.

Bradshaw concluded, “We work across all market verticals serving the needs of large Enterprise, SMB, Education, Government and Not-for-Profit clients alike and we are seeing a growing interest in Office 365, Azure, Cloud and related solutions. Complexus is proud to have delivered a variety of successful collaboration and productivity projects in Banking, Energy, Government, Retail, Academia, Mining, NGO, Manufacturing and ICT Services. Now we are part of the First Technology Group, we are able to offer any client a complete “A to Z” ICT service such as Microsoft licensing (Enterprise / CSP agreements), data centre, networking, hardware, peripherals & comprehensive managed services”.

About Complexus

Complexus is part of the First Technology Group and a Microsoft Gold consultancy operating out of Durban, Cape Town & Johannesburg. Complexus has grown to become a trusted SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure solutions provider with a reputation for innovation in Enterprise Collaboration, Productivity, Strategy Advisory, Managed Services & SharePoint App development. The Complexus Product and Service portfolio is aimed at organisations seeking to collaborate more effectively and gain a greater return on their investment in the Microsoft SharePoint, Azure & Office 365 platforms. Complexus is also member of the prestigious Microsoft Business Critical SharePoint Partner Program & Cloud Services Partner Program. Contact us for a FREE consultation today.

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