German start-up CloudRadar launches data centre in Joburg

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German tech start-up CloudRadar is launching its cloud-based IT monitoring service in SA ahead of further global expansion, to ensure IT stability for regional businesses in the face of rapid, pandemic-fuelled digitisation.

The company has set up a data centre in Johannesburg to allow for minimal monitoring latency for African businesses.

CloudRadar is a monitoring solution used to detect and prevent IT network issues in real-time so that organisations can be up and running at all times, says the company, noting that SA is an important IT growth market.

CloudRadar managing director Nicholas Thiede, who is based in Cape Town, says the firm has set up a team in SA, and its new South African data centre is its eighth around the world.

The data centre launch comes as many companies have recently unveiled their own facilities in the local market.

Last month, Dimension Data told ITWeb of its plan to imminently launch data centres in SA. Last year saw US-based software giant Microsoft open two data centre regions in SA, becoming the first global provider to deliver cloud services from data centres on the African continent.

In April this year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the opening of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region.

In March last year, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei started offering its cloud services in SA. The company is leasing a data centre in Johannesburg from a partner, from where it is deploying localised public cloud services based on local industry policies, customer requirements and partner conditions.

US-based enterprise software company Oracle in September last year also announced plans to launch data centres in SA this year.

“Given the importance of the African continent for global IT growth, with South Africa being the main driver of that growth, it is important for us to have a strong base in South Africa,” says Thiede.

“We believe in South Africa’s economic potential and we already see a lot of traction from businesses of all sizes in the region that understand the need for IT reliability. The recent months strongly proved that IT infrastructure stability is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s integral to all business operations, no matter which industry.”

Founded in Germany in 2016, CloudRadar says it is taking on the global market in order to make network and server monitoring more accessible and affordable for businesses or organisations across the globe.

It notes that while the US, Europe and Australia are key markets, emerging and frontier markets are an important part of its footprint, already serving 64 countries.

Founder and CEO Thorsten Kramm says the COVID-19 pandemic had shown the crucial role of IT reliability in how organisations were able to react to external challenges.

“Monitoring has been around for a while, and there are several on-premises and cloud-based SaaS [software-as-a-service] solutions in the market. However, those tools are too complex and expensive for regular businesses and organisations, that need a simple, user-friendly, inexpensive and reliable plug-and-play solution,” says Kramm.

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