IBM opens cloud data centre in South Africa

11 March 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


After collaborating with Gijima and Vodacom, IBM has announced it is to open a cloud data centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is expected to fuel cloud adoption across the continent.

IBMIBM’s latest centre, which brings it cloud portfolio up to 46 centres, is geared towards services for running enterprise and as a service workloads. Its footprint stretches across six continents.

"We're working to drive cloud adoption that best leverages a customer's existing IT investments," said Hamilton Ratshefola, IBM country general manager in South Africa. "Our new Cloud Data Centre gives customers a local onramp to IBM Cloud services including moving mission critical SAP workloads to the cloud with ease. It also gives customers the added flexibility of keeping data within country which is a key differentiator for IBM."

African enterprise customers will gain access to IBM’s global network of cloud data centres boosting service and enhancing network connectivity.

Vuyani Jarana, chief officer of Vodacom Business, added: "CIO's are looking to gain efficiencies and cut cost by moving more of their IT infrastructure, applications and processes into the cloud. Vodacom's extensive fixed and mobile network infrastructure, Pan African and global footprint and its investment in data centre infrastructure provides the ideal platform and environment to deliver cloud services to large and multinational enterprises.” GTB