CBS Africa launches to become the first dedicated cloud brokerage marketplace supplier and consultancy in South Africa
Company to supply cloud brokerage marketplaces into the African market and offer supporting services and cloud services for resale through customers' channels.
Cloud Brokerage Services Africa (CBS Africa) is a new enterprise in the local ICT industry which has launched to enable and license businesses throughout the continent to purchase and manage cloud brokerage marketplaces via the Jamcracker platform.
The company's focus will be on supplying cloud brokerage marketplaces into the African market, whilst offering the supporting services and cloud services for resale through the customers' channels to enable businesses to get to market quickly and easily.
CBS Africa consists of a dedicated, highly motivated team of business analysts, developers and project managers with an in-depth understanding of the cloud software industry. Within the organisation, key relationships already exist with global world-class vendors of services, and the company is the first in the world to successfully integrate SoftLayer, an IBM Company, within a brokerage model.
Kevin Derman, General Manager for CBS Africa, explained that the strength of their brokerage model lies in the amount and the selection of services that their clients can choose to populate their marketplace with.
Currently, CBS Africa offers over 100 different cloud services from an impressive portfolio of world-class vendors, including SoftLayer, an IBM Company's IaaS, PaaS, and DRaaS offerings; McAfee; EMC Mozy; Microsoft; Local Hosted MS Exchange; Local Hosted Lync; Local Backup as a Service; Local IaaS; Microsoft Dynamics Express; Google Apps; Kaspersky; Adobe; Symantec; VMware's VCHS IaaS Solution and many more.
"We are constantly looking for the latest cloud services that the market demands, to include in our global catalogue. Our customers therefore will always be competitive and up to date with the latest trends" explained Derman.
Service offerings by CBS Africa include Go-to-Market Strategy Engagement (eg. positioning of client brokerage offering within current business, education within current sales teams, end-user experience design and analysis, online and offline campaigns, analytics), Operational Management Framework Strategic Engagement (eg. requirement and expectation gathering, outlining of key financial measurements, development of an effective business case, implementation framework and planning, internal/external execution framework scope and definition), and Technical Support Services (eg. remote desktop/laptop management, on-site follow up, Exchange migration, CRM setup and configuration, Lync setup and configuration, SLA for support services, hybrid cloud architecture and management).
Jamcracker's Services Delivery Network (JSDN) platform aggregates different types of services and providers, enabling unified cloud catalogue management, and clients of CBS Africa can use the JSDN to deliver hundreds of pre-integrated third-party services, along with their own internal and partner services. CBS Africa's custom adaptor framework allows for easy integration with no additional certification required. In addition, CBS Africa retains sole rights to Jamcracker within Africa.
The launch of CBS Africa is an exciting development and a step forward in a market sector showing major growth currently. IDC analysts predict that over the 2013 to 2017 forecast period, public IT cloud services will have a compound annual growth rate of 23.5%, five times that of the IT industry as a whole. Cloud brokerage adoption and usage is forecast to show continued growth within the cloud computing and ICT environments as well.