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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.”

Seacom’s cloud service grows in Africa

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Submarine cable operator, Seacom says it is encouraged by the uptake of the Pamoja Cloud Service bysolution integrators and ISPs in Africa.

Pamoja Cloud Services, Seacom’s premier cloud offering in the marketplace for Africa, was unveiled in the region in April last year, providing wholesale cloud computing services via ICT companies and other service providers.

According to the company, Pamoja’s mission is to establish a cloud services marketplace for SME solutions in Africa. Adoption is currently largely centred on entry-level services such as e-mail, collaboration and security, and will evolve to business services such as ERP, CRM, HR and accounting, it adds.

Claire Kaguara, Pamoja Cloud Services regional channel manager, says the services are built around the requirements of SMEs in Africa. The Pamoja business model relies on channel partners to resell the services to SME customers, and there is tremendous interest from prospective resellers across East Africa, she explains.

“Pamoja’s Cloud Services business model is built on the growing demand for information technology as a service, from small and medium-sized enterprises, coupled with the need for service providers to increase the value of their existing offerings and grow brand revenue,” says Kaguara.

“Pamoja represents Africa as a single service partner, enabling economies of scale to both content owners and the small and medium-sized enterprise markets in Africa. This is possible because Pamoja leverages Seacom’s existing network, ensuring that the SME market in Africa is served with cost-effective cloud services that eliminate capex costs.”

Kaguara says that, with cloud, the SME market does not need to purchase any hardware to utilise the services, which, therefore, eliminates huge capital requirements, especially for start-ups. SMEs that already have existing equipment will not be required to upgrade or renew lease agreements, as even the skills required to do this are accessible via cloud.

Pamoja is initially investing in cloud computing infrastructure in SA and Kenya. These facilities will improve access to the cloud services and address the issues around the location of confidential and sensitive data and service latency, Seacom says.

The cloud infrastructure in SA will allow Pamoja to service the southern African market, while the Kenya-based platform will service the East African region.

Interested in Cloud technology in Africa?

Why not check out the Cloud World Forum Africa that touches down on “Jo’burg” this May?

Details here: http://africa.cloudworldseries.com/

 

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