[South Africa] Liquid Telecom extends Microsoft Azure from Cape to Cairo
Liquid Telecom has extended the availability of Microsoft Azure from the Cape to Cairo, its lead in the African cloud revolution. This breakthrough scale-out of the Microsoft cloud-based architecture announced at the AfricaCom 2018, offers customers across the continent limitless opportunities for agility, innovation, and secure, compliant growth.
The Cape to Cairo capability for Microsoft Azure is enabled by Liquid Telecom's forward-thinking ecosystem: five world-class data centers, connected via pan-African fiber network approaching 70,000km; five regions offering the Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud; and the company's position as a Microsoft Tier I and Tier II Solution Provider.
A private, high performance CloudConnect for Microsoft ExpressRoute service, together with Liquid Telecom's expert cloud enablement services, also enable customers to accelerate their cloud deployment and achieve faster time to value.
"By extending the reach of Microsoft Azure to an increasing number of countries and customers, Liquid Telecom is helping Africa realize its digital future," said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom. "We sacrifice customers a single, unified solution for their Microsoft Azure strategy." This is underpinned by an unrivaled fiber network, strategically located data centers, a hybrid cloud architecture covering Azure and the Azure Stack, and an ExpressRoute connection cloud Together, Microsoft and Liquid Telecom are creating a modern business foundation for customers in Africa - one that inspires innovation, cloud-paced change, compliance, and business growth. "
The Liquid Telecom ecosystem brings cloud services in Africa together, offering customers a one-stop solution for Microsoft cloud computing, connectivity, and professional services.
Scale-out Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack: Liquid Telecom now Provide this modern hybrid cloud in five regions - South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda - with more countries scheduled to go live during 2019.
Expansive, cloud-ready connectivity :
Liquid Telecom has built Africa's largest independent fiber network approaching 70,000km, running from the Cape to Cairo - covering most of Africa's fastest-growing economies.
Award-winning Tier 3 data center infrastructure:
Designed, built and operated to the highest standards demanded by today's leading cloud providers, carriers, and enterprises, Liquid Telecom's network or data centers Provides customers with scalable and secure Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack services. They also act as a one-stop shop for data center solutions across the Continent and a local data center resource for all private, secure hybrid cloud needs.
CloudConnect for Microsoft ExpressRoute:
Microsoft ExpressRoute, part of Liquid Telecom's CloudConnect offering, allows customers to establish flexible, private connections to Azure for better performance, tighter security and lower latency. Liquid Telecom is the only Microsoft partner to provide an ExpressRoute service across eight African countries on its own fiber. CloudConnect also provides additional direct connection products to other global and local African providers, facilitating flexible hybrid cloud solutions.
Emerging African start-ups have access to this Liquid Telecom infrastructure to support the new generation of innovators and become tomorrow's technology leaders. For example, Liquid Telecom provides free internet to Nairobi Garage's Entrepreneurship Center, supporting up to 300 co-workers with free high-speed fiber connectivity.
"This increased availability of Microsoft Azure answers the call from customers across Africa for a truly modern hybrid cloud," said Dean Erasmus, Azure Business Lead for Africa, Microsoft. "It enables customers to simplify IT implementation and responsibly with cloud operating models, whether hosted or delivered on-premise." Liquid Telecommunication is a trusted partner or Microsoft to drive this strategy forward. "market reach and expertise enable customers to realize their business objectives more quickly and effectively."