StorTech offers subsidised Azure migration assessment
In March, Microsoft announced the opening of its first data centres in Africa, with the general availability of Azure services from cloud regions located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, SA.
Microsoft's local data centres will allow South African companies to move their infrastructure for key applications closer to the people who use them, says Brian Tarr, chief product and solutions officer at StorTech. He adds that businesses will have access to scalable, available and resilient cloud services, while meeting data residency, security and compliance needs. This is the latest example of the company's ongoing investment to help enable digital transformation and advance technologies such as AI, cloud and edge computing across Africa.
"Cloud computing's current capabilities are powerful and far-reaching, with the potential to transform every aspect of an organisation. The local market has increasingly been investing in the cloud, and we have watched the number of Azure customers grow steadily over the past few years. Now, they will get even more flexibility and reliability," he says.
Through partners such as StorTech, Microsoft is offering new customers an additional incentive to use the local data centres in the form of a sponsored assessment. This assessment will establish cloud migration priorities and objectives, evaluate the potential cost savings of migrating to Azure by calculating and comparing the total cost of ownership for Azure with that of a comparable on-premises deployment, and establish the right tools for the business.
As one of a select few certified Microsoft Gold Partners in SA for Azure migrations, StorTech will be one of the first companies in SA to offer this service. "Following the launch event last week, we have already had a great deal of interest from potential new Azure customers," Tarr says. "We have invested extensively in our Microsoft capabilities over the past few years and are proud to be one of the first Microsoft partners on the continent to offer these types of assessments."
StorTech's Microsoft capabilities include Gold Cloud Platform Competency, Gold Datacentre Competency, Gold Cloud Productivity Competency, Gold Application Development, Gold Windows and Devices, Gold Messaging, Collaboration and Content Gold, and Gold Communication Competency, and it is a Managed Gold Certified Partner. The company has been a preferred partner for four years and specialises in complete data centre migrations, cloud workloads, assessments, Office 365 and communications as a focus area.
"Microsoft is proud to be associated with Storage Technology Services. They deliver high-calibre, quality deployments and engagement programmes to our joint customers on key technology platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server and SQL Server hybrid virtualised engagements," says Lionel Moyal, Microsoft SA's commercial partner director.
StorTech has regional coverage and is a DC insider approved and certified partner.