Amazon and Microsoft talk up South African data centres

Michael Needham, senior manager for solutions architecture in sub-Saharan Africa at Amazon Web Services, says that the US-based company continues to look for new territories to enter its data centre infrastructure.

Speaking at the 2018 MyBroadband Cloud Conference on Wednesday (13 June 2018), Needham said that Amazon continuously evaluates markets around the world. He said of South Africa: “It’s certainly on our radar.”

This comes after Amazon Web Services announced the launch of AWS Direct Connect locally in December, in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

In Cape Town, AWS Direct Connect is at the Teraco CT1 data centre – and in Johannesburg, at the Teraco JB1 data centre.

Microsoft, meanwhile, is also preparing to launch two Azure data centres in South Africa, which will go live later this year.

Also speaking at the conference, Joachim Hammer, principal program manager in the Database Systems Group at Microsoft, said that having two data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town would improve latency issues dramatically, while these premises would be managed within the country’s local laws.

Jan Hnizdo, chief financial officer at Teraco, told audience members at the conference that by having the bigger players enter the country would lead to an increase in cloud adoption rates, and would be of particular benefit to the likes of the country’s big banks.


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