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South African cloud market forecast to top $229.69 million

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South Africa’s cloud services market value is expected to grow to $229.69 million in 2014, according to a recent IDC research report.

A recent report has found that the value of South Africa’s cloud services market will continue to grow with a focus on public cloud software as a service (SaaS) spending.

The value of the likes of outsourced, managed services, and hosted services market in the country would increase by 10.9% year on year in 2014 to $2.8 billion.

Public cloud services would account for the majority (65%) of overall cloud spending, and the market is expected to see an increase in spending on private cloud services in 2014 and beyond, the report revealed.

The country’s evolving role of telecom operators would continue to be a critical factor in the local growth of data centre and cloud services with the South African IT market continuing to shift from IS outsourcing to managed and datacentre services as budgets remain under pressure and projects become smaller and more specific. End-user organisations will look to cost-effective IT delivery solutions such as cloud computing to help stay within budget.

“The cloud market in South Africa is expanding, with a number of international and new local providers entering the market, and it is maturing fast due to increasing competition with established vendors”

However, despite leading the continent in the uptake of cloud computing services a report compiled by Cisco and research firm World Wide Worx last year revealed that South Africa would be dramatically overtaken by West African nation, Nigeria.

The research study titled ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality Check 2013’ stated that cloud computing uptake would explode in major African economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the cloud.

It was revealed that 44% of Nigerian businesses are expected to embrace cloud in 2014, which would bring the total in that country to 80% by year end.

According to the report, 36% of businesses in Nigeria were using cloud services last year, 50% South African medium and large businesses were using cloud services; while 48% were using the cloud in Kenya.

“Cloud computing is the next big step in the evolution of computing and the internet,” said David Meads, Cisco’s vice president for Africa.

“The broadband revolution sweeping Africa and the continent’s reputation for innovation add up to tremendous appetite for services that will drive this evolution. Looking ahead, the Internet of Everything represents the largest online trend today.

Meads concluded, “As more people, things and devices connect to the internet in Africa, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which will open up new opportunities and increased demand for the cloud.”

Join us at the the Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 – Africa’s Largest Cloud & ICT Event for Enterprise & Telecom Professionals.

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Following the huge success of the Cloud World Forum Africa 2013, we’re expanding & enhancing our agenda to give you Africa’s first and foremost comprehensive Enterprise ICT show: Cloud World Forum Africa incorporating Enterprise ICT Africa 2014

Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 – Full details now available

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Touching down in “Jo’burg” this May the Cloud World Forum Africa has something quite new to announce.

This year, the agenda is further enriched by the full-scale inclusion of Enterprise ICT!

The organisers commented that “Our focus on Cloud Computing remains as the heart & soul of the event, with all the pivotal speakers and industry players returning in the keynote stage and dedicated streams running across both days. The Telco Cloud focus is also omnipresent with two full days of engaging content to reflect the advent of Africa’s Telcos to the Cloud!”

With speakers like Google, Facebook, Amazon and more, this is looking like a typically high-profile affair for the Cloud World Series…

Get the full details here: http://africa.cloudworldseries.com/brochure-request/

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