Azure in SA to drive business growth

The Microsoft Azure data centres in SA will give the African market momentum when it comes to cloud adoption, says Gary Regan, COO at DAC Systems.


Johannesburg, 11 Mar 2019
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Gary Regan, Chief Operating Officer at DAC Systems.
Gary Regan, Chief Operating Officer at DAC Systems.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partner DAC Systems believes the launch of two Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa will provide the African market with much-needed momentum when it comes to cloud adoption.

"Slow latency and regulatory restrictions on where sensitive data is stored have contributed to slower than expected business migration to the cloud. Fortunately, the arrival of these Azure data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town will fundamentally change this, reshaping the cloud environment in Africa," says Gary Regan, Chief Operating Officer at DAC Systems.

Microsoft customers can save significantly when moving their existing Windows Server licences to Azure. For example, using existing licences, companies can save up to 49% on Windows Server virtual machines on Azure, depending on usage, instance type and location.

"Microsoft is delivering all the benefits of the cloud to a local market looking to benefit from Azure services that have low latency, are priced in the local currency, and reflect the needs of the South African market. Using Azure, businesses can not only modernise their applications with the flexibility that the cloud provides, but can also leverage things like machine-learning and artificial intelligence, thanks to the processing power of these data centres."

Beyond the operational benefits the cloud brings to companies, the investment by an organisation like Microsoft into the cloud market in South Africa is significant.

"This shows local decision-makers not only the seriousness Microsoft takes in making data centres locally available to companies, but also highlights the opportunities the company sees in the African market when it comes to the cloud."

Already, there are several Azure products available, with solutions like Office 365 and Dynamics 365 expected to launch later this year. Having such secure and resilient offerings in Africa will give further impetus to the shift towards a digital landscape.

"With these centres servicing South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Angola, Microsoft has delivered the first hyperscale cloud offering to the continent, with more expected to follow over the course of the next year. As Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, DAC Systems is eagerly anticipating more demand for cloud-based solutions as it works with its customers to develop offerings that meet their specific needs," concludes Regan.

DAC Systems

Established in 1995, DAC Systems took the truly specialised approach of understanding the needs of a business and identifying the solution set that meets the current and future requirement, irrespective of industry.

DAC is a leading Microsoft Gold Certified partner, with world leading technology and is committed to delivering innovative solutions that equip the company's customers with the competitive advantage they need to a digital customer driven market.

Adherence to governance requirements without sacrificing productivity is one of the advantages DAC offers its customers. DAC excels at making the technology fit the business, from industry-specific best practice templates that are implemented in remarkable and previously impossible time, to unique features that differentiate services and brands, DAC cares enough to know the difference, and get it right. DAC works with its customers constantly to anticipate the future demands of their growing businesses.

DAC acts as an interface between its customers and the technology providers, ensuring a unified approach that results in every project it touches being successful.

DAC Systems is a proud B-BBEE level two supplier.

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Rubicomm Gloria Malan (+27) 82 340 2876 gloria@rubicomm.co.za
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