SEACOM, the African submarine cable operator, has announced that it has plans to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure in South Africa and Kenya in the coming year. This comes after their cloud offering, Pamoja, has reported great success in the Kenyan market where their wholesale cloud computing service was launch in April of 2013.
SEACOM says that their aim is to improve cloud facilities in Kenya and South Africa. They would like to make cloud computing more accessible to small and medium business in Southern and Eastern Africa, who they feel will benefit from the cost effective nature of cloud computing.
In addition to providing greater infrastructure, they will also be focusing on increasing security and addressing the confidentiality and safety issues that relate to the storage of sensitive data.
Pamoja Cloud Services attributes their success to their innovative model which relies on channel partners to re-sell the services. They are encouraged by the uptake they have seen in Kenya which has primarily been driven by solution integrators and internet service providers (ISPs).
The uptake so far has centred on entry-level services such as email, collaboration and security, but they have plans to expand into business services such as human resources (HR), accounting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).
Claire Kaguara, regional channel manager for Pamoja Cloud Services, said “Pamoja’s Cloud Services business model is built on the growing demand for information technology as a service from small- and medium enterprises, coupled with the need for service providers to increase the value of their existing offerings and grow brand revenue,”
The cloud is by no means a new trend, but it is definitely still one to watch as it matures and more and more companies begin to see the benefits of it. While SEACOM are staking their claim in Africa, they are obviously not the only ones to see potential in the cloud. IBM also announced this week that they will be investing over $1.2 billion on expanding their cloud footprint worldwide.