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New research reveals how Africa is using the Cloud computing

New research reveals how Africa is using the Cloud computing

Technology
Cloud computing has taken off dramatically across Africa’s major markets, but its benefits are experienced very differently in each region – as are its budget allocations. These were some of the key findings of Cloud Africa 2018, a research project conducted by World Wide Worx for global networking application company F5 Networks, across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa earlier this year. Decision-makers at 300 medium and large organisations were interviewed about cloud computing usage, benefits and intentions. “It is no longer about whether to use the cloud, but what benefits are being gained from the cloud,” says Matthew Barker, F5 Networks’ divisional sales manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. “These depend heavily on the dynamics of each market, so we were not surprised to see that b
Cloud Computing Can Boost Local Realities in Kenya

Cloud Computing Can Boost Local Realities in Kenya

Technology
Kenya has distinguished itself as a hotbed of technological innovation and creativity. The challenge now is how to consolidate these gains and leap forward as a country– to enhance the quality of life for all. ‘Cloud’ is a service you use every day, without even realising it. Whether with your mobile apps, email service (Gmail, Mozilla, Outlook) Facebook, online shopping services such as eBay/ Amazon- these are all services based in the cloud. Cloud computing is a general term associated with the delivery of services through public networks such as the Internet or private networks like corporate intranets. Cloud computing enables companies to consume IT resources – Hardware, Software and Storage – as a utility — just like electricity — rather than having to build and maintain com

Nigeria to overtake SA to become Africa’s cloud computing powerhouse

Broadband, Internet
Nigeria is set to overtake South Africa to become the cloud computing powerhouse of the continent, according to research by Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx. Goldstuck, speaking at a Cisco briefing at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, explained that he has come to this conclusion owing to “dipstick” research done with 50 medium and large businesses in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa regarding these countries’ cloud computing adoption. A key finding of the research -- which is dubbed ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality check 2013’ -- includes that almost three quarters of companies in all these countries combined plan to use cloud computing next year. In 2013, 50% of companies in South Africa have adopted cloud services, 48% in Kenya and just 36% in Nigeria, accordin

Africa’s cloud solution pundits urge market to ‘try it out’

Business, Cyber Security
Although business leaders and analysts within Africa’s growing ICT sector agree that a sense of hesitancy hovers over the increased adoption of cloud solutions, there is consensus that there is benefit in the application of the technology. At ITNewsAfrica’s Innovation Dinner on the topic of Real-world Cloud Adoption, hosted on Thursday 05 September in Johannesburg, experts acknowledged that issues like security, cost of investment and control over data has hampered the uptake of cloud – at the same time they urged the market to ‘try it out’. “Try it out… try it in a non-mission critical production-type environment, in those grudge purchase areas like disaster recovery, like test and development. You will soon realise that the cash injection to your budget becomes so much more compell