Telkom launches enterprise cloud services in Africa
20 September 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray
South Africa’s Telkom has launched enterprise cloud services from its carrier-neutral tier-IV data centre.
The launch, in partnership with SAP, offers the SAP HANA enterprise cloud (HEC) service. Vish Rajpal, chief of business solutions at Telkom business connexion, told South Africa’s IT News: “Following the integration of Telkom Business and Business Connexion, we are now a truly end-to-end digital provider, which allows us to give clients the best connectivity, access to the best data centres and the best skills for the best cloud solutions.”
South African incumbent bought Business Connexion (BCX) in 2015 for R2.6 billion ($187 million).
Business applications from the SAP store can be deployed immediately in the cloud. “This is a big step in driving agility and innovation, as our clients can now build their own business applications or bundle them with cloud applications that the company and their business partners need to collaborate in an open and standards-based cloud environment,” Rajpal told the newspaper.
“Our client can speed up business execution and reduce time-to-value. It provides the flexibility to support businesses as they grow, without the investment associated with transitioning capital expenditures to operational expenditures, resulting in cost savings for the client.”
Telkom said that the service would be offered right across Africa. “We have the only commercial tier-IV data centres on the continent and with our existing capabilities which include a digital readiness assessment, our connectivity footprint, security solutions and world-class redundancy capability enable us to take both our public and private sector clients on a properly mapped out journey to, through and beyond the cloud,” Rajpal said to IT Pro.
BCX had annual revenues of over R6 billion ($430 million) when it was bought by Telkom.
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