Virtualisation Africa Summit to review continent’s use of cloud technology

The third Annual Cloud and Virtualisation Africa Summit, slated for October 10 and 11, will discuss the challenges that businesses face in integrating cloud technology in their operations.

The summit will in addition offer participants a chance to learn from experts about ways to deploy cloud-computing solutions.

“The summit features a comprehensive, innovative and interactive conference agenda to address critical cloud computing, virtualisation and operational challenges relating to enterprise industry issues, incorporating best practice case studies from industry experts,” the summit’s organisers said.

Experts gracing the occasion include Dr. Happy Sithole, Director at the Centre of High Performance Computing in South Africa, André Joubert, General Manager at MWEB Business and Rohan Isaacs, Director at Norton Rose, South Africa.

Cloud computing — which offers businesses storage facilities without the need to install hardware as well as access software without having to download it — is increasingly becoming relevant to today’s technological world.

Last year, the summit brought together stakeholders from various sectors within cloud computing. It provided an opportunity for firms to present their solutions to potential clients through interactive workshops.

In Kenya Safaricom, the country’s leading mobile network operator, and Seven Seas, a technology software firm, came together a year ago to provide cloud computing services to corporate firms. It is however not clear how many companies have embraced this service.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published a report in April this year on the usage of cloud computing in Africa, recommending that data centres should be established across Africa to significantly reduce the cost of bandwidth and access to cloud computing services.

There has been a considerable advancement in Africa in terms of bandwidth capacity following the massive installation of fibre-optic cables across the continent, which are expected to make it easy for businesses to adopt cloud computing services across the continent.

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