The new AWS cloud region in Cape Town gives enterprises options and puts pressure on competitors including Microsoft, Google and Huawei to enhance services.
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The launch earlier this month of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) region in Cape Town ratchets up the competition among the hyperscale cloud providers in Africa, providing enterprise tech leaders with more services to choose from and different pricing options.
The presence of AWS also helps ensure that rival vendors that have not yet opened their own facilities will rush to do so, for fear of missing out on a growing market, thus providing businesses with even more choice.
The main benefits of in-region hyperscale data centres include lower latencies between the central hosting environment and local end users, since the data centres are closer to the users; the ability to store data locally and thus adhere to data sovereignty rules; and advanced services for technology such as AI, IoT, and mobile applications. The hyperscale cloud facilities in South Africa also serve other markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Businesses can leverage these services, eliminating the need for to start from scratch building their own applications, which can require hard-to-find talent. As cloud providers strengthen their offerings in Africa, new services are cropping up.
Cloud technology supports new services
“We’re seeing more and more interesting use cases in AI-driven data analytics especially in the financial services industry,” said Julia Nill, enterprise solutions director at Meltwater Africa, a SaaS company that develops media monitoring and business intelligence software. “For example, AI and big data is being leveraged to detect fraud or potential money laundering; and also being used to improve credit scoring and investment strategy. We’ve also seen a lot of interest in implementing big data to improve supply chain monitoring.”
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