Teraco's Africa Cloud Exchange offers direct connection to multiple leading global cloud services in Africa

Enabling secure connectivity to any cloud provider of choice within 24 hours.


Johannesburg, 16 May 2019
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Andrew Owens, peering and interconnection specialist, Teraco
Andrew Owens, peering and interconnection specialist, Teraco

Cloud investment into Africa has increased sharply, as the continent sees the establishment of its first cloud regions. Through extensive investment by multiple international operators, cloud strategies are now becoming a key element within every enterprise's infrastructure investment.

Teraco, Africa's largest and most interconnected vendor-neutral data centre, says its African cloud exchange, located in the Johannesburg and Cape Town data centre facilities, will ensure a low-risk, direct entry point for clients wishing to connect to local and global cloud providers. This 'on-ramp' is a vital, secure connection service housed within data centres such as Teraco and provides direct connectivity to a host of cloud providers.

Since launching, Teraco's Africa Cloud Exchange services the sub-Saharan Africa region and has become instrumental in keeping local traffic within the borders of Africa, as opposed to routing it via Europe and back again. Currently, AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Express Route and Google's Cloud Platform are all available via the cloud exchange.

Andrew Owens, peering and interconnection specialist, Teraco, says the Africa Cloud Exchange is the neutral connectivity point where any enterprise, ISP, carrier or managed service provider can connect in Africa: "This investment into Africa will significantly impact the burgeoning cloud region. Aside from benefiting from the myriad cloud connectivity options, there is also no limitation on capacity. Teraco purely charges a cross-connection fee and, as a result, reduces the costs to connect."

He says access to multiple connectivity providers and business partners is an inevitable requirement of any modern enterprise: "Most enterprises want to avoid the public Internet due to potential latency and throughput issues. These challenges are addressed by private connect solutions. Through our cloud exchange, we ensure a low-risk, secure, direct, predictable connection to any client-selected cloud provider."

By utilising cross-connections, Teraco's Africa Cloud Exchange is a highly scalable, quick and cost-effective way to create a hybrid or multi-cloud IT environment: "It creates an ideal opportunity to move business-critical workloads and latency-sensitive applications to the public cloud. Through this approach, less network hops, higher carrier diversity and interconnectivity are automatically a part of a resilient and scalable network," says Owens.

In addition, Owens says cloud operators can take advantage of direct access to African terrestrial fibre, satellite connectivity, submarine cables and an open market for interconnection.

Using the Africa Cloud Exchange, Owens says Teraco recently ran real world latency tests from the Teraco cross-connection directly to resources deployed in Western Europe and resources deployed in South Africa via Microsoft Express Route. As shown in the diagram below, the RTT (round trip time) to resources deployed in the cloud from Teraco's Africa Cloud Exchange has improved from an average of 171ms down to less than 2ms.

"Lower latency and direct cloud connections are imperative for a cloud approach to thrive. Being able to assist clients within the enterprise to better serve their clients, providing not only interconnects, but also lower latency," says Owen.

For clarification on local access, please visit the links below:

https://aws.amazon.com/directconnect/features/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/expressroute/expressroute-locations-providers
https://peering.google.com/#/infrastructure

Teraco

Teraco provides carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centres, and with over 14 500 cross-connects, is Africa's most interconnected data centre hub. As the first provider of highly resilient, vendor-neutral data environments in sub-Saharan Africa, Teraco brings global content closer to the digital edge.

With its world class-data centre infrastructure and network dense ecosystems, Teraco forms a vital part of the African Internet's backbone and is an essential part of the modern enterprise's digital transformation strategy. It's ever expanding ecosystems move Teraco beyond colocation and firmly establish it as an open marketplace for digital growth and innovation. Discovering new business partners, making strategic interconnection choices, on-ramping to your choice of cloud, and reaching new markets globally, Teraco provides a highly secure, flexible and resilient home for digital organisations the world over.

Purpose-built and operated to global best practice by an expert organisation with an absolute focus on data centre technology and infrastructure, Teraco offers all its clients secure, cost-effective, sustainable, scalable and resilient data centre services through its Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town facilities.

Teraco is backed by leading international investors Berkshire Partners and Permira. Teraco is a level three B-BBEE contributor (DTI codes).

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