Business Connexion (BCX) has launched South Africa’s first pay-as-you-go service for Windows Azure Pack out of its data centre.
The solution is hosted locally, which reduces latency and improves data sovereignty, said Jacques Loubser, Business Connexion Managing Executive of Converged Infrastructure Solutions.
“Travelling to an international versus a local destination will naturally take longer and cost more and the movement of data is no different,” he added.
Security concerns are increasing due the increase in mobile device, data and access methods, according to IDC’s 2015 Top 10 ICT Predictions for Africa.
IDC believes this will drive governments on the continent to address cyber security legislation and look at further country-specific data protection that could require in-country presence and hosting.
“Dealing with a local partner simplifies the support process and eliminates the need to bring an additional support partner into the fold,” said Loubser.
BCX is the first COSN partner to make the self-service control panel available in Africa and is the only gold certified Microsoft Cloud Operating System Network (COSN) partner in Africa.
The Windows Azure Pack solution can also be deployed in the client’s own data centre.
The launch of this solution marks a major milestone for Business Connexion, who intends to become the cloud integrator of the Internet of Things by 2020.