The first cloud service provider with an operational data centre in Africa has been announced.
The data centre, or centralized computing and networking hub, is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is operated by Huawei cloud, which has started offering commercial services in the country.
Commercial cloud service providers offer data storage, networking and infrastructure and technology support services.
The South African facility complies with Tier 3+ standards and uses Huawei’s chips and network devices. It is leased from a partner, from where it deploys localised public cloud services based on local industry policies, customer requirements and partner conditions.
Edward Deng, Huawei cloud business unit VP, said South Africa was one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets globally, with tremendous potential, and cloud services were expected to unleash latent capacity and drive growth in the country.
“We are looking forward to Huawei Cloud's innovative technologies and services, such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, assisting African governments, carriers and enterprises in a variety of industries such as finance, energy and agriculture, to leapfrog to a fully-connected, intelligent era.”
Huawei Cloud plans to gradually operate more data centres in Kenya, Nigeria and other countries in Africa to provide localised services.