Africa's Newest Data Pools

Microsoft To Open Its First Data Centre In Africa

by Jerry Chiemeke

Africa's Newest Data Pools

Africa is the world's new data hub, and some of the world's biggest technology brands are getting in on the act.

Microsoft has announced that it would be opening its first data centres in Africa, ‘with the general availability of Azure’ in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

A data centre is a facility housing computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. Data centres provide uninterrupted power, cooling and connectivity to the infrastructure/systems and ensure uninterrupted operations. Data centres are important because even though they need its services, most businesses cannot afford to build or own theirs, so they resort to paying for shared services.

According to Microsoft, this data centre will be the first to deliver cloud services in Africa and will help businesses “securely and reliably move their businesses to the cloud while meeting compliance needs.”

In the words of Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Azure Networking, the new data centres “will create greater economic opportunity for organisations in Africa, accelerate new global investment, and improve access to cloud and internet services.”

He went on to say that Microsoft’s deep expertise in data protection and customer empowerment globally will help offer the best services.

“We look forward to supporting more African enterprises in their cloud journeys and offering a trusted path to digital transformation,” Khalidi said.

With over 10,000 local partners and nearly 3 decades of operating in Africa, Microsoft says the new data centres are part of its “ongoing investment to enable digital transformation across Africa.”

With the increased emphasis on technology and data around the world, this development is long overdue. It would be interesting to observe how the utilisation of these data centres unfolds, and more particularly, how Nigeria can get integrated into this innovative technological scheme, considering the pace at which tech startups and other small-scale businesses sprout in these parts.