JOHANNESBURG – Even though many organisations have discussed migrating to the cloud for the past several years, 2018 has seen a significant push towards these services. Part of this can be attributed to wanting to see whether the hype is justified while another part has been waiting for technology to be available that makes the transition as cost-effective as possible.
The cloud environment brings with it many opportunities across industry sectors. It provides businesses with the flexibility they did not previously have to be more agile in their strategic approaches while still ticking all the security and regulatory boxes. Cloud providers bring with them massive data centres that offer better security and technology innovation than what customers can do if they are trying to build their own on-premise environments.
With the Microsoft Azure data centres expected to launch soon and the recent announcement that Amazon will also be introducing its data centres in South Africa by 2020, decision-makers are sitting up and taking notice and relooking their previous sceptical views of the cloud.
A new world
The past few months have seen a change in the local landscape as businesses start moving towards the cloud. We have finally reached the point where the technology is available today to do what analysts were promising five years ago. While the seeds have been planted this year, 2019 is going to be an exciting one for the cloud in South Africa and the African continent.