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The East African : Dec 19th 2015
The EastAfrican 38 Special advertising section Easy access to data round the clock now guaranteed Cloud Computing does not require data centres or physical servers for one to access their data By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican an upcoming global event but Oops! All the compute≥ systems shut down and all emails in you≥ inbox a≥e no longe≥ accessible. You cannot ≥et≥ieve the ad- Y d≥ess o≥ the contact that was o≠e≥ing you a life time chance. If only you had backed up you≥ emails in the Cloud. What is Cloud computing? Cloud computing ≥efe≥s to sto≥ing data on ≥emote se≥ve≥s accessed th≥ough the Inte≥net ≥athe≥ than on ha≥d d≥ives o≥ local compute≥s. This includes eve≥ything f≥om consume≥ se≥vices like, an email account, D≥op Box to la≥ge companies sto≥ing all thei≥ data ≥emotely. Mobile cloud in Af≥ica is been spu≥≥ed by effo≥ts to expand business into a≥eas with poo≥ inf≥ast≥uctu≥e, which typically p≥ovide minimal economic ≥etu≥ns on investment. Telecommunications secto≥ is libe≥alised in Kenya,Uganda,Tanzania and Rwanda ma≥kets and continues to g≥ow in spite of policy and ≥egulato≥y bottlenecks. Businesses in East Af≥ica a≥e emb≥acing Cloud se≥vices because of its benefits and companies a≥e seeing an opening to g≥ow. The ent≥y ou have ≥eceived an invite th≥ough you≥ email account to ≥ep≥esent you≥ institution in of multinational co≥po≥ations into Af≥ican ma≥kets is d≥iving investment in disaste≥ ≥ecove≥y and business continuity. Financial institutions a≥e emb≥acing cloud computing, given the ≥isks involved. The se≥vice p≥ovide≥s only ≥equi≥e a client to sign to a link online at a cost, enabling data to automatically update itself in the ‘cloud’. This mobility will play a majo≥ ≥ole as consume≥s ta≥get ease of access “In case the≥e is a disaste≥ leading to the system b≥eak down, the data can be ≥et≥ieved-the cloud acts like a backup fo≥ individuals, companies’ and institutions,” said Daniel Mwaniki, managing di≥ecto≥, G≥eat Move≥s Limited(Kenya). The company is an autho≥- ised local pa≥tne≥ to Ca≥bonite, the global leading p≥ovide≥ of hyb≥id and cloud backup solutions. The Kenyan pa≥tne≥ se≥ves the enti≥e ≥egion as no physical set up is ≥equi≥ed. All clients ≥equi≥e in cloud computing is to follow a link p≥ovided by a pa≥ticula≥ p≥ovide≥, allowing them to backup data f≥om whe≥eve≥ they a≥e at a fee. G≥eat Move≥s cha≥ge an annual subsc≥iption fee of $60 fo≥ pe≥sonal solutions and at least $264 fo≥ business solutions depending on the size of the data. A shift towa≥ds mo≥e tech- nologically ≥elated solutions is pushing individuals and companies towa≥d cloud comput- CLOUD COMPUTING DECEMBER 19-25, 2015 With Cloud Computing, one does not have to worry about losing data. Picture: File ing. Most of Af≥ican o≥ganisations ≥ely on physical se≥ve≥s to save data as opposed to developed count≥ies who have ove≥ 50 pe≥ cent of thei≥ info≥mation backed in cloud computing. Acco≥ding to Inte≥national Data Co≥po≥ation, the Af≥ican continent is set fo≥ significant cloud adoption, with changing fundamental natu≥e of computing and how business gets done and it will continue to do so th≥ough 2020. In fact, IDC p≥edicts that by 2020 clouds will stop being ≥efe≥≥ed to as “public” and “p≥ivate” and ultimately they will stop being called clouds altogethe≥. “It is simply the new way busi- ness is done and IT is p≥ovisioned. IDC ≥esea≥ch also shows that the global cloud inf≥ast≥uctu≥e is supe≥-scaling and becoming the launch pad fo≥ inf≥ast≥uctu≥e innovation and as a ≥esult, ha≥dwa≥e vendo≥s’ innovations a≥e shifting to “cloud fi≥st,”” ≥eads pa≥t of the ≥epo≥t. An O≥acle-sponso≥ed IDC When it comes to data protection, Carbonite means business as it’s a powerful, yet simple solutions for business and personal data recovery. If disaster strikes or there is loss of server/laptop due to theft, carbonite enables you to recover saved files from the cloud in just a few clicks. Carbonite also allows the administrator through the dash board to monitor hundreds of computers in an organization to ensure that all the data is being backed up. It’s sad that 50% of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. Great movers Ltd the authorized partner in East Africa will support you with various plans that fit your needs and your budget for both personal and Business plans. For more information and support, contact Great Movers Ltd KTDA Building Nairobi. +254710187769 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.greatmoversafrica.com from as low as $59.99 for personal plans. Advantages of Cloud Computing It enhances inc≥eased agility study into SaaS among 160 companies in Af≥ica, Middle East and Easte≥n Eu≥ope found cost savings, p≥ocess e∞ciencies and p≥oductivity key benefits to implementing cloud. Anothe≥ study by O≥acle indi- cates that mo≥e than 60 pe≥ cent of companies in Middle East and Af≥ica have o≥ a≥e implementing cloud solutions. in addition to savings in ongoing cost fo≥ ≥unning a p≥oduct, business, o≥ system and money invested by a company to acqui≥e o≥ upg≥ade fixed, physical, non-consumable assets, such as buildings and equipment o≥ a new business. It o≠e≥s continuity as one ≥e- cove≥s all the collapsed info≥mation saving one f≥om challenges that emanate f≥om lost info≥mation including exposing one to cou≥t battle. The info≥mation can be ac- cessed f≥om any place, ≥ega≥dless of whe≥e the loss happened. It doesn’t ≥equi≥e the data cent≥es o≥ the physical se≥ve≥s. Cloud computing se≥vice p≥o- vide≥s a≥e now ≥eaping f≥om a changing pe≥spective by businesses and an unde≥standing of the benefits in saving thei≥ info≥mation in the ‘cloud’. Challenges Expe≥ts said ve≥y few fi≥ms a≥e willing to put thei≥ enti≥e businesses in the cloud with levels of unde≥standing still low. The≥e a≥e also exte≥nal ba≥≥i- e≥s f≥om fluctuating powe≥ availability at data cente≥s and lack of matu≥e ≥egulato≥y f≥amewo≥ks fo≥ data p≥otection and sto≥age. Inte≥net penet≥ation levels a≥e concent≥ated in u≥ban a≥eas, making cloud computing a challenge in the ≥u≥al a≥eas. Inte≥net connectivity and WAN access is still conside≥ed a significant ba≥≥ie≥ although investo≥s expect to benefit f≥om imp≥oved access to applications and se≥vices fo≥ mobile devices, and the ability to speed up application and se≥vice delive≥y. Competition in the b≥oadband ma≥ket has inc≥eased ≥esulting in significant inc≥eases in the availability of bandwidth.. The p≥ivate secto≥ has also invested in b≥oadband backbone inf≥ast≥uctu≥e, howeve≥ this is concent≥ated in u≥ban a≥eas and cent≥es of economic activity. Neve≥theless te≥≥ito≥ial national backbone netwo≥ks in Af≥ica ≥emain inadequate despite e≠o≥ts by Af≥ican gove≥nments to p≥omote (o≥ di≥ectly build) national backbone netwo≥ks. Policy and ≥egulato≥y challenges have hampe≥ed investment in the expansion of netwo≥ks to ≥u≥al and unde≥-se≥viced a≥eas “Imp≥oving b≥oadband inf≥a- st≥uctu≥e is enabling cloud adoption Investments by gove≥nments and the p≥ivate secto≥ d≥iving inte≥net penet≥ation,” said M≥ Mwaniki. Expe≥ts said despite the chal- lenges, investo≥s in cloud computing solutions should tailo≥ thei≥ se≥vices to accommodate the gaps in ≥egional netwo≥k connectivity, ≥eliability and secu≥ity. “They should place pa≥ticula≥ fo- cus on emb≥acing the g≥owing use of sma≥tphones, tablets and othe≥ po≥table devices fo≥ application and se≥vice access by wo≥ke≥s fo≥ both pe≥sonal and business use, likely to eme≥ge as a key sales st≥ategy fo≥ winning co≥po≥ate cont≥acts,” says expe≥ts f≥om global ≥esea≥ch companies SAP and IDG in a cloud computing 2015 study.
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