What Cloud Computing means to the future of organisations – A perspective from Africa

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What Cloud Computing means to the future of organisations – A perspective from Africa

  1. 1. What Cloud Computing means to the future of organisations – A perspective from Africa By Chandima Miyanadeniya CIO Aon SA
  2. 2. Drivers 1. Technology drivers • Availability of High Speed Network links to Africa • Petabyte storage with advances in Nano technology • Terabit switching capacities – Optical switch fabric 2. Compliance • Information security • Audit Requirements and certifications • Control and governance 3. Cost Drivers • Base infrastructure costs and Operating cost containment • Consumer demand for usage based costing models 4. Agility • Quick Deployment – 10- 15 minutes per server deployment on the cloud. • Flexibility in carving out CPU, RAM and Storage requirements
  3. 3. Link Speeds to Africa Current Africa Capacities • 15 Tb/sec West coast • 10 Tb/sec East coast
  4. 4. Fibre footprint into the interior of Africa
  5. 5. Limitations/Challenges • Internet/Network capacities to consumers is still highly priced in most parts of Africa. • Latency limitations effecting user experience in parts of Africa for Cloud services hosted in Europe/USA • Cloud infrastructure in Africa still limited due to cost , limited user base and base infrastructure limitations • Appreciation of Cloud service benefits by technology leaders and where to use Private , Public or Hybrid Cloud Strategies • Limitations on liability offered by Cloud providers in terms of data loss, breach, corruption may not be sufficient
  6. 6. Current Opportunities for adoption • Messaging and Unified Communication platforms – Email , Fax, SMS, Presence, whiteboard, Voice • Internet based commerce and B2B strategies • Marketing campaigns/ advertising • Short term environments for testing and project work with under 24 month life cycles • DR and backup environments
  7. 7. What it means to the future of organisations • Rapid E-commerce delivery to the market • Internet based marketing campaigns will be easier to adopt • Adoption of UC on the cloud by firms will drive workforce mobility and staff effectiveness up • ICT staff will focus more on business goals and delivery of solutions rather than on maintenance of common base infrastructure • Technology focus on compliance, governance and contract /SLA management will increase. • Production costs to the firm will reduce by the sheer drop in core infrastructure capex and opex requirements
  8. 8. Thank You

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