Microsoft Azure has just opened its two data centers in South Africa, whose construction began in 2017. It is therefore the first major cloud provider to open data centers in Africa.
Since 2017, Microsoft has been building two Data Centers in South Africa for its Microsoft Azure Cloud: one in Cape Town, the second in Johannesburg. The opening of these two data centers was initially planned for 2018, but the project has been delayed.
However, Microsoft announces that its two South African Data Centers are finally completed and have just come into operation. Despite the delay, Microsoft has achieved its goal of becoming the first major cloud provider to open a data center in South Africa.
For its part, Amazon plans to open a Data Center in the country in 2020. Similarly, in November 2018, the Chinese giant Huawei announced its intention to open a data center in late 2019 to offer its own cloud services to the South -Africans as well as the inhabitants of neighboring countries.
South Africa seems destined to become a new battlefield in the Cloud War. The competition promises to be fierce, but for the moment Microsoft is taking the lead by being the first to set up in Nelson Mandela’s country.
Microsoft hopes to boost the African economy with data centers
Thanks to the proximity of these data centers, South Africans will no longer have to rely on distant data centers. This will enable businesses to accelerate their operations, and take full advantage of new cloud technologies and services offered by Microsoft. The loading time of web services and applications will also be accelerated.
These data centers will be particularly useful for sectors where the least latency can be very disabling, as in the financial industry. Similarly, when it is necessary to migrate large amounts of data, the proximity of a data center makes all the difference. Thus, the firm of Redmond hopes that this investment will boost the country’s economy.
In addition, remember that companies must follow the laws of the country in which their data is stored. So far South Africans had to stick to American or European rules. From now on, they will be able to comply with local laws.
Finally, online video game players will also benefit from these new Data Centers. Until now, they had to deal with high latency peaks and high ping. If the creators of video games support these servers, then South African gamers will finally be able to play in optimal conditions.