Cloud computing has been kicking up a storm in the online world. By the day, more users are storing their resources online because they can easily access it wherever they are, as long as they have an Internet connection.
Microsoft Azure is currently one of the top five cloud computing platforms and it was a pleasant surprise when Microsoft announced that South Africa was getting two new data centres.
Last year’s announcement about two new data centres in Africa has finally become a reality. Microsoft announced that the two new data centres are now generally available in the Cape Town and Johannesburg regions.
Having Microsoft’s cloud services directly delivered from South Africa means that your local business can securely move to the cloud while maintaining its data residency and compliance requirements.
Maintaining data residency and compliance requirements are just a small slice of the pie. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of having local data centres.
Microsoft Azure has many practices in place to ensure organisations’ data is secure and compliant with rules and regulations. Microsoft provides multi-layered security across all its infrastructures, as well as its physical data centres.
The cloud platform is built with customized hardware and there are also security controls integrated into the firmware and hardware components. Added protection against threats such as DDoS is in place as well.
With these security measures set in place, you don’t need to fear for your organisation’s data security as it travels to the cloud. With Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection in place, your document-level data is protected both internally and as it travels outside your organisation.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Implications
Microsoft Azure provides its users with secure and reliable content delivery with their Content Delivery Networks. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) enables cloud-hosted applications to deliver content quickly across the globe by caching the content.
With the new data centres, CDN’s local presence can help minimize latency because it’s closer to the end-users. Data doesn’t need to travel across the globe to reach users now that there are local data centres available in South Africa.
Microsoft Azure has more global regions than other cloud providers, with 54 Azure regions in 140 different countries. By bringing users’ applications to their local area, keeping their data secure, compliant, and local, Azure is on the fast-paced track of immense growth in South Africa. Who doesn’t want a secure cloud provider for their business?
As Microsoft Partners, we provide Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure managed services including architecting, migration, security, maintenance and monitoring of your Microsoft Azure environments with a security and compliance emphasis. Contact us today if you want to migrate your business to the cloud with Microsoft Azure today.
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