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Cloud Computing in Africa

  1. 1. Cloud Computing in Africa Separating Myth From Reality June 2014 Telephone : +27 82 887 6250
  2. 2. AGENDA 2 1. What is Cloud Computing 2. Cloud Enablers 3. Types of Cloud Services 4. Challenges of Cloud Computing 5. Advantages of Cloud Services 6. Implementing Cloud Computing 7. Key Issues around Cloud Computing in Africa 8. Examples of Cloud Computing 9. SEACOM Products and Services
  3. 3. What is Cloud Computing ? • Common questions : – Where is the cloud ? – Are we in the cloud? – Where is the cloud • Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. • The Cloud is a metaphor for the ‘Internet’ • The internet allows access of content from any place at anytime. 3
  4. 4. Cloud Enablers • broker.png 4
  5. 5. Cloud Enablers • Cloud enabler refers to the technologies and manufacturers that serve as the backbone for all cloud computing products and services. • A broad term incorporating technology vendors and solutions, a cloud enabler allows an organization to build, deploy, integrate and deliver cloud computing solutions. • Cloud enablers are primarily IT firms that develop hardware, software, storage, networking and other related product serving as a cloud environment component. • Network providers like TelOne, Liquid, Dandemutande, Powertel, SEACOM enable Cloud computing. • A cloud enabler differs from a cloud service provider, as the latter utilizes technologies built by the former to deliver cloud services to end users and other organizations. 5
  6. 6. Types of Cloud Services 6
  7. 7. Challenges of Cloud Computing • Security and Privacy Valuable enterprise data will reside outside the corporate firewall raises serious concerns. • Service Delivery and Billing Customers are billed for what they use. The service-level agreements (SLAs) of the provider are not adequate to guarantee the availability and scalability • Interoperability and Portability Integrating to existing IT infrastructure is still required for Cloud Computing Solution. Migrating from one Cloud Service Provider to another is not seamless. 7
  8. 8. Challenges of Cloud Computing • Reliability and Availability Cloud providers still lack round-the-clock service; this results in frequent outages. It is vital to have plans to supervise usage, SLAs, performance, robustness, and business dependency of these services. • Performance and Bandwidth Cost Businesses can save money on hardware but they have to spend more for the bandwidth. Delivering intensive and complex data over the network requires sufficient bandwidth. Because of this, many businesses are waiting for a reduced cost before switching to the cloud. 8
  9. 9. Advantages of Cloud Computing 9
  10. 10. Advantages of Cloud Computing • Achieve economies of scale Increase volume output or productivity with fewer people. Your cost per unit, project or product plummets. • Reduce spending on technology infrastructure. Maintain easy access to your information with minimal upfront spending. Pay as you go (weekly, quarterly or yearly), based on demand. • Globalize your workforce on the cheap. People worldwide can access the cloud, provided they have an Internet connection. • Streamline processes. Get more work done in less time with less people. • Reduce capital costs. There’s no need to spend big money on hardware, software or licensing fees. 10
  11. 11. Advantages of Cloud Computing • Improve accessibility. You have access anytime, anywhere, making your life so much easier. • Monitor projects more effectively. Stay within budget and ahead of completion cycle times. • Less personnel training is needed. It takes fewer people to do more work on a cloud, with a minimal learning curve on hardware and software issues. • Minimize licensing new software. Stretch and grow without the need to buy expensive software licenses or programs. • Improve flexibility. You can change direction without serious “people” or “financial” issues at stake 11
  12. 12. Implementing Cloud Computing 12
  13. 13. Key Issues around Cloud Computing in Africa • Broadband Internet • Utility power • Mobile Cloud • Marketing of Cloud Services as an app. • Banking and Education • Data protection legislation 13
  14. 14. Common Examples of Cloud Computing • Hotmail • Yahoo • Gmail • Google Drive: This is a pure cloud computing service, with all the apps and storage found online. • Apple iCloud: Apple's cloud service is primarily used for online storage and synchronization of your mail, contacts, calendar, and more • Amazon Cloud Drive: Storage at the big retailer is mainly for music, preferably MP3s that you purchase from Amazon. 14
  15. 15. Examples of Cloud Computing Service Providers • Pamoja ( SEACOM Subsidiary) • Dandemutande ( Zimbabwe based company) • Dimension Data ( South Africa) • IBM ( South Africa) • Data Centers : Dandemutande (Zimbabwe) , Teraco ( South Africa) 15
  16. 16. Pamoja Services Customer Customer Customer Customer PaaS SaaS International Cloud Services Pamoja Cloud Pamoja • Establish Cloud platforms • Build SME Cloud marketplace • Establish & support service assurance models • Coordinate training • Coordinate billing • Establish compliance governance • Support resellers in sales and marketing Resellers • Bundle Pamoja Cloud services with traditional business • Position Cloud services to customers • Service & support customers • Execute marketing campaigns • Bill customers 16
  17. 17. Pamoja Services Active Services  Microsoft Exchange 2013  Microsoft SharePoint 2013  Microsoft Lync 2013  Online back-up and Recovery  Symantec.Cloud services  Business Management Solution  CRM  Platform as a Service (PaaS) 17
  18. 18. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 5/1/02 6/1/02 7/1/02 8/1/02 9/1/02 HIGH LOW CLOSE Dandemutande’s Cloud Services Deployed Tier 3 Data Centre in Q4 2011 Infrastructure Hosting for Cloud Services – Pastel’s MyBusinessOnline & SAGE X3 (Chips Computing) – SAP’s BusinessOne (DBS) Service Provider for Hosted Cloud Services – Microsoft Exchange, Lync, SharePoint – Symantec Back-up, Security, Archiving & Protection – Managed Firewall Services, BluWave CRM and Zimbra Email among others 18
  19. 19. Cloud Computing Terms • Communications as a Service (CaaS) is an outsourced enterprise communications solution that can be leased from a single vendor. • Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. • Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a way to rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet. • Network as a Service (NaaS): managed Internet (guaranteed speed, availability, etc.), virtualized networks (VPNs) coupled with cloud computing services, flexible and on-demand bandwidth. • Private cloud is a particular model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate. • Public cloud is a set of computers and computer network resources based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet • Virtualization is software that separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources. It is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing. 19
  20. 20. Bibliography,2817,2372163,00.asp Service new-wave-in-systems-integration/ cloud-computing/ computing.html world-south-africa/ 20
  21. 21. Thank you!
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