[South Africa] Microsoft pushes launch of its two data centres to 2019
Microsoft has announced that it has rescheduled the opening of its two data centres in South Africa. Microsoft had announced plans to launch the data centres to be located in Johannesburg and Cape Town targeting cloud services growth on the continent.
The data centres are expected to deliver the Microsoft Cloud, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 to Africa, with initial availability in 2018.
According to a report published by IT News Africa, Ashleigh Fenwick, Head of Communications at Microsoft, revealed that due to an unprecedented level of infrastructure to support new enterprise-grade cloud data centres in South Africa, the launch of the data centres is expected sometime in 2019. The rollout of these data centres according to Fenwick, will enhance the ability to support customers’ digital transformation and bring the benefits of data residency to South Africa.
“This provides our customers trusted cloud services that help them meet local compliance and policy requirements. In addition, replication of data in multiple data centres across South Africa gives customers reliable protection for business continuity in both pure and hybrid scenarios,” said Fenwick.
“Furthermore, in our experience, local data centre infrastructure supports and stimulates economic development for both customers and partners alike, enabling companies, governments, and regulated industries to realize the benefits of the cloud for innovation and new projects, as well as bolstering the technology ecosystem that supports these projects”, she added.
The adoption of cloud services will generate nearly 112 000 new jobs in SA by 2022 according to a report from data analytics firm IDC. The report predicts that spending on public cloud services will nearly triple over the next five years, up from R4.29 billion in 2017 to R11.53 billion in 2022.