SEACOM seals Microsoft data centre and cloud deal

15 May 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Pan-African internet and connectivity service provider SEACOM now offers direct connections into public cloud networks and data centres located in South Africa.

The news follows the March launch of the enterprise-grade Microsoft data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which are Microsoft’s first-ever cloud regions in Africa.

SEACOM’s solution delivers direct, high-sped, dedicated and secure connectivity to the Azure cloud data centres via SEACOM’s resilient east and southern African network.

Its cable system, which connects East Africa to South Africa, Europe & Asia, offers a fibre express route that carriers terabytes of capacity, with speeds ranging from 50Mbps to 100Gbps. In addition, SEACOM’s recent acquisition of FibreCo’s national network in South Africa allows SEACOM to extend this capability across the country direct into Microsoft data centres and other similar facilities.

African businesses are able to leverage SEACOM’s Azure ExpressRoute service and CloudWorx services. The latter helps businesses to directly and reliably connect to the local Microsoft data centres will enable more companies on the continent to embrace the cloud in a compliant manner, and enhance their own digital transformation.

In March, SEACOM announced that Tonny Tugee had been appointed as the company’s managing director of the Eastern North and East Africa region.