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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!

Verizon appoints Francis Yip to Lead Asia-Pacific business #cloudasia

Francis-YipVerizon Enterprise Solutions, the cloud computing and enterprise IT-focused division of American operator Verizon has appointed Francis Yip to group vice president of Verizon Asia Pacific, where he will lead all of the business’ strategic initiatives.

He will be responsible for delivering strategic cloud, security, mobility, network and connected machines solutions to Verizon’s multinational enterprise clients across the region

bcnYip most recently served as Verizon’s managing director for North Asia with responsibility for Verizon’s business in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Taiwan, but the promotion will see Yip lead the business across the broader Asia Pacific region including southern Asia.

He will replace Andrew Dobbins, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Before joining Verizon Yip was responsible for managing Dimension Data’s North Asia operations, and has also held senior management positions including general manager for China at Equant, which was acquired by Orange Business Systems in 2005.

“Francis is an exceptional talent, and we believe he has the experience and expertise to continue to grow our business in Asia-Pacific,” said Christopher Formant, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

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“His leadership in North Asia in the past two years has earned him a first-class reputation for commercial acumen. His in-depth understanding of technology businesses in Asia, particularly in emerging markets, will be instrumental in helping our customers move their businesses forward,” he added.

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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Dimension Data acquires IT service provider Nexus #cloudafrica

Hear more from Dimension Data at this year’s Cloud World Forum Africa – 10-11 June 2014, South Africa.

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Datacentre and cloud services provider Dimension Data announced Thursday that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Nexus, a US-based IT service provider. The latest acquisition comes just months after Dimension Data completed its acquisition of comms service provider NextiraOne.

Brett Dawson, chief executive officer of Dimension Data (a part of NTT Group) said that its purchase of California-based Nexus will help Dimension Data expand into the vast (and particularly crowded) American datacentre support and IT services business, expanding the company’s presence in the US by about 40 per cent.

“Dimension Data has been building expertise and experience in ICT solutions and services that deliver real business value to our clients. Nexus increases our ability to support both our US-based and global clients with West Coast presence,” Dawson said.

Nexus has 19 offices in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, and the acquisition will bring 657 Nexus employees into the Dimension Data fold. But Nexus will for the time being continue to operate as an independent company.

“Nexus brings a rich set of services and solutions to the Group, particularly in the data centre, collaboration, enterprise networks, security and cloud spaces. In addition, there’s minimal overlap of geographies and clients which strengthens Dimension Data’s presence across the Americas,” said Dimension Data Americas chief executive officer Mark Slaga.

The acquisition comes just months after South African-based Dimension Data completed its acquisition of communications service provider NextiraOne, which added 1,850 permanent employees in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom to the group. In February, upon the closing of the acquisition, the company said it intends to double annual revenue over the next five years, from $6bn to $12bn.

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