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Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 | Post Event Report Published #cloudafrica

Review of Cloud World Forum Africa 2014

The 3rd Annual Cloud World Forum Africa drew to a close after two days of stimulating discussion, interactive sessions and break-out workshops which drilled down in to how the migration to the Cloud has impacted businesses across the region, as well as the wider themes that are impacting the digital landscape in Africa for 2014 and beyond.

The 2014 edition saw an even wider variety of speakers and topics from the region with insightful sessions from

Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Folup, Vodacom, ODCA,  City of Cape Town, Ovum, DAV, Rand Water and more!

A huge two thirds of the audience were made up of enterprise and operator attendees, proving that the Cloud World Forum Africa is the meeting place for those responsible for ICT and Cloud across a wide variety of industries.

Don’t worry if you missed out, the Cloud World Forum Africa returns again in 2015 – a definite must-attend event for all of those involved with all things Cloud!

If you couldn’t make it this year, click here to download the 2014 post event report, and see why youcannot afford to miss the event next year!

Pre-register today and keep updated as the programme develops!

Highlights:

The speed networking sessions were as always one of the key highlights of the event and provided great opportunities for introductions with potential partners and business leads and lots of stimulating discussions!

The end of Day One saw attendees enjoy more networking as part of the hosted drinks reception and the Cloud World Series team were delighted to award Huawei with the awards for the Best Business Application Cloud Platform. During the event, Huawei showcased its FusionCube solution to demonstrate the evolution and reconstruction of the telecom industry in the cloud era, and to share insights on how cloud technology and network virtualisation will provide the biggest opportunities and challenges for operators going forward.

Industry Leaders |  70% Operator and Enterprise Attendees!

Speakers included;

Broadband Gurus * Carfordable and Brandcity.co.za * Chair, Manageability & Services Workgroup, Open Data Center Alliance * City of Cape Town * CXO Advisor *  DAV Professional Placement Group * Deutsche Telekom Group/T-Systems * Dimension Data * Facebook * Folup Inc * FTTH Council Africa * HP * Huawei *  ITNewsAfrica * ITWeb * Jenny Internet * Manager Applied Research Unit, Joburg Centre for Software Engineering @ Wits University * MEF * Nigerian Information Communication Technology Agency, Edo State Government *
Ovum * Rand Water * Standard Bank * Telstra

Testimonials:

“Informa brought all stakeholders (telco, enterprises, service providers) to this forum and lots of knowledge was shared among stakeholders.
Speakers and the content presented was excellent.  Event organisers have done a wonderful job. Well done Informa team!”
Paritosh Babla, Head of Division, Vodacom, Tanzania

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“Knowledge and experience shared at the conference will provide adequate guidance to make decisions about right cloud technology for both telco and its domain. Thank you Informa!”
Abiodun Aransi, MTN Nigeria

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“It is a very good platform to meet the right customers in telco and enterprises. Aleksandra and the team are very kind and helpful to arrange many meetings for us. Thank you all!”
Peter Cao, Board Director of ESA Region, Huawei

Interested in joining us in 2015?

To keep up to date as the 2015 programme develops, pre-register your interest on our website:

http://africa.cloudworldseries.com/pre-register-for-2015/

See you in 2015!

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Huawei Agenda on Cloud World Forum Africa #cloudafrica @HuaweiZA

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Dimension Data acquires video collaboration firm Teliris #cloudafrica

Dimension Data announced Monday that it has acquired Teliris, a privately-owned cloud and video collaboration service provider, for an undisclosed sum. The move comes less than a month after Dimension Data’s acquisition of Nexus, a US-based IT service provider.

Teliris, which has offices in London, Connecticut and New York, was founded in 2011 and provides cloud-based videoconferencing via its own proprietary solution.

Dimension Data said the acquisition will complement its “aggressive growth plans” and add to its cloud and video collaboration portfolios.

“The acquisition of Teliris is an investment in skills and expertise, and gives Dimension Data expanded scale to support the growth in our Managed Services for Visual Communications business,” said Steve Nola, chief executive officer of Dimension Data’s ITaaS business unit.

“Teliris’ cloud capabilities complement Dimension Data’s existing portfolio of both cloud services and managed services offerings. This, combined with the excellent experience and skillset of the Teliris operational staff in the U.S. and U.K., enables Dimension Data to accelerate the development of a true Video Conferencing-as-a-Service (VCaaS) offering to the market,” Nola said.

Jeff Tench, chief executive officer of Teliris said that the breadth of Dimension Data’s presence and portfolio as well as its experience with legacy infrastructure make it an ideal candidate to help grow the Teliris business. The company will remain autonomous “for the foreseeable future”.

“Teliris customers will benefit greatly as the new Teliris moves from the boardroom to the desktop with a comprehensive set of managed services for the entire video and unified communications estate,” Tench said.

The move comes barely a month after Dimension Data’s last acquisition. In April the company acquired IT service provider and datacentre operator Nexus in a bid to expand its presence in the US.

Written by Jonathan Brandon Business Cloud News

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Pamoja disperses Cloud services through East Africa

Pamoja, the value-added services business entity and strategic arm leading SEACOM’s entry into content aggregation and Cloud computing services, will host its Cloud platform at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi and use the facility to roll out Cloud services to the rapidly- expanding East Africa market.

According to a recent BizTech article, the company selected Nairobi, Kenya as its Cloud service delivery base because of its strategic location in relation to other countries in the East African market.

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Come and meet Pamoja at the upcoming Cloud World Forum Africa, taking place from 10-11 June at The Maslow, Johannesburg.

Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre is the largest and most sophisticated carrier-neutral data centre in East Africa and is the ideal facility in which Pamoja can host its Cloud platform. The Nairobi Cloud platform compliments Pamoja’s other Cloud platform that is located in South Africa.

Executive management at Pamoja says the data centre facilities meet the Company’s availability, security and connectivity needs. These are also base criteria for the ISO 27001 certification processs which Pamoja has embarked upon. The ISO 27001 standard is the specification for an Information Security Management System. The objective of the standard itself is to “provide requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS)”.

“By interconnecting the two Pamoja platforms through the SEACOM submarine cable infrastructure we are able to firstly provide Cloud services with a regional presence and secondly offer geographic redundancy to customers who demand this,” says Albie Bester, General Manager at Pamoja.

“With physical Cloud infrastructure in Africa Pamoja is able to address customer concerns about the location of their sensitive data and ensure improved service response times compare to Cloud services that are hosted in Europe or the US,” Bester adds.

The Kenyan and South African Cloud platforms are managed by the Pamoja Cloud Services team with support from SEACOM network operations.

“Our Cloud platform is based on the Microsoft Dynamic Datacentre blue print and through the use of advanced management and monitoring systems it is possible to ensure the highest level of availability with a relatively small team of experts.” Bester continues.

Pamoja is poised to help businesses across the continent take advantage of the shift towards Cloud, the impact of the internet and social networks on the corporate space and the relevance of Cloud computing to core operations across most businesses.

Forrester Research forecasts that the global market for Cloud computing will grow from $40,7 billion to more than $241 billion in 2020.

According to Bester Cloud adoption in Africa is in an exciting and budding phase and although issues like quality of connectivity and stable electricity sources still represent challenges, infrastructure is improving all the time. “Soon Africa will be ready to consume Cloud services at a large scale.”

27 days to go! #cloudafrica

The Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 is fast approaching!

Don’t miss your opportunity to join leading industry professionals at Africa’s Largest Cloud & ICT Event for Enterprise & Telecom Professionals!

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Just some of our 2013 attendees!

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And examples of who you will meet this June!

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Other companies that have attended the Cloud World Forum Africa!

4G African Broadband Forum; 8.ta; ABN Africa; ABSA; ACSA; Adams & Adams; Adcock Ingram; Adcorp Holdings Pty Ltd; ADT; ADVA; Africa Analysis; African ICT Alliance (AfICTA); African Reinsurance Corporation – South Africa; Africom; Airports Company South Africa (ACSA); Airtel Bharti Nigeria; Amazon Web Services; ARUP; ASG Software Solutions; Astel; Automatic Mass Production; Autotask; Avbob Mutual Assurance Society; Aztec; Barclays Bank; Bodytech 2000; Bombela Operating Company; BotswanaPost; Britehouse Holdings; Britehouse vPS; Busbyhouse; CellC; CES Group; Clicks Group; Clientele; Cloud Credential Council; CMC NETWORKS; Comnet Lesotho; Compass; Insurance; Competition Commission South Africa; Consol Glass Propriety Limited; CxO Advisor; DAG; DATA GUARDIAN; Deloitte & Touche; Delta Partners Investments; Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Department of Roads and Transport; DIRCO; DreamMobile; DRIVE CONTROL CORPORATION; EngineerIT; Enterprise Cloud; EOH; Ericsson; Eskom Pension & Provident Fund; Etisalat Nigeria &  many more!

To view the full list, click here.

We hope you can join us!

Speaker Spotlight: Adrian Schofield, African ICT Alliance (AfICTA) #cloudafrica

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Adrian Schofield, Vice Chairman, African ICT Alliance (AfICTA).

Adrian has spent more than 25 years being involved in activities to promote standards and growth in the ICT sector. He received the 2012 Distinguished Service in ICT Award from Computer Society South Africa. He currently serves in these voluntary capaciies:

• Past President and Board member of Computer Society South Africa
• Vice Chairman of the Africa ICT Alliance
• Board member of Randjesfontein Country Estates
• Past Chairman of the Wanderers Club

In the past, Adrian has also served as President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa, as Vice-Chairman for Africa of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance and Chairman of the African Federation of ICT Associations. Adrian is a Fellow and Professional grade member of CSSA.

We asked Adrian for his insights into the African Cloud Market for 2014 and beyond!

Cloud. Terminology or technology?

In the BIG world where mainframes used to reign, cloud has been the terminology that defines the use of the network to link users and remote processors for over 30 years. It is not new. In today’s BIG world, replace the mainframes with data centres and X25 with Internet Protocol and the users are still accessing remote processors. OK, the user interfaces are friendlier; the devices may be mobile and the speeds faster…

In the African world, can the emerging economies and developing societies achieve the potential benefits of sharing resources and services on this BIG scale?

Across the continent, the infrastructure enables access for a relatively small proportion of the population and the cost of connection is high. Legislation and regulation are often outdated and inappropriate and issues of privacy and protection pose risks for providers and users alike.

Within the African context, there is the SMALL world. The world of small and medium enterprises, where technology acquisition is managed more by gut feel and word of mouth than by professional executives researching options to meet business demands. Do the decision-makers in this SMALL world understand “Cloud”?

In a research report published in April 2014, the JCSE at Wits University reviews the economic value of cloud services for SMMEs and challenges the vendor community to bridge the gap between the terminology of BIG business and the technology needed to support the growth of smaller enterprises.

Hear more from Adrian Schofield at this year’s Cloud World Forum Africa!

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Three quarters of businesses still find cloud performance assurances lacking #Cloudwf

Join the discussion with the The Cloud World Series in London, Africa, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Hong Kong and USA!

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Are you an enterprise IT professional? Do you agree? Join the discussion today!

A report published Wednesday that includes survey responses from over 740 senior IT professionals globally suggests that the majority of IT professionals believe typical service level agreements (SLAs) built around availability and performance fail to address the risks of moving and managing applications in the cloud.

The survey, commissioned by Compuware and carried out by Research In Action, found 79 per cent of survey respondents believed their SLAs were “too simplistic” and failed to address key risks associated with moving and managing cloud apps.

“Entrusting mission critical business applications that drive revenue and critical business processes require ultimate trust and accountability in a cloud provider,” said Michael Masterson, director of cloud solutions for Compuware APM’s business unit. “

Vanity metrics like simple uptime do not capture well-known issues such as ‘noisy neighbours,’ which can be detrimental to traditional enterprise apps that were not designed to scale and fail horizontally.”

The report confirms that there is still a great deal of fear, uncertainty and doubt among enterprise IT professionals when it comes to cloud.

Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) said they believe their cloud providers could be hiding problems at an infrastructure or platform level that impact on the performance of applications. 62 per cent said limited visibility into the infrastructure made it difficult to both monitor their application performance and troubleshoot problems in the cloud.

“The truth behind performance is what the end customer or user feels – that is all that really matters,” Masterson told Business Cloud News. “The vendor should be responsive, but the general rule seems to be innocent until proven guilty, with fingers usually pointing back to the application or database vs the infrastructure.”

“Customers that encounter this often discover it on their own, then blame the provider for poor performance, when the reality is that it’s another tenant over consuming shared resources.”

Masterson explained that the results suggest an underlying problem with the way cloud service providers often make guarantees on their services.

“There are two primary issues with “technical guarantees”. First, if everyone tries to grab maximum rates at once. It’s like a run on the bank and very quickly you’ll discover that the provider (the bank) doesn’t actually have all that reserve bandwidth (the cash) on hand. Instead, they’ve made assumptions and provisioned based on estimated usage and normalised workloads – thereby offering you capacity at a discount compared to dedicated hardware,” he said.

But “users are not typically normally distributed – they have spikes and troughs in demand. Software is inherently virtual and should be able to match the demand with appropriate supply – much more so than tradition fixed goods and complex logistics and fulfilment systems. Yet they run into the same bottlenecks, often with catastrophic failure,” he added.

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