Choosing a cloud provider can be a tedious process, especially when the data centre is in a foreign country. This introduces all kinds of legislative and logistical issue that could distract from your original intention, to safely and accurately store some of your business’ most critical data.
Cloud backups are an ideal candidate for off-site or cloud storage housed in a colocation data centre. Here are some of the reasons why it is worth considering a domestic provider for this:
1. More affordable services locally
More often than not, the exchange rate of African currencies with their Western or Eastern counterparts is not something to celebrate, and could be fluctuating at best. When local businesses can acquire and pay for services in their own currency it immediately reduces the business expense making companies more likely to source the service locally.
In addition, if cloud providers are able to acquire equipment locally it reduces their own costs of hosting cloud backups thereby allowing them to transfer some of those savings to the customer.
2. Ease of distribution
By making use of cloud backup storage locally, you inadvertently stimulate better service delivery. With a developed cloud storage industry, you end up getting the best your country has to offer. And besides, when goods are manufactured locally and services are available, they are easier to come by.
3. Stimulate trade and cooperation between carriers and partners
It has been reported recently that Huawei is partnering with MTN in South Africa and Safaricom in Kenya. It bodes well for an economy when the big international names continue to invest locally. But the foreign investment is not to be an end in itself. It should rather be a means to a nobler end: the stimulation and upliftment of the economy it invests in. When domestic carriers start cooperating with other digital providers, job creation is achieved and entrepreneurship is kindled resulting in a plethora of other socio-economic improvements.
4. Compete globally
The instinctive reaction is to search abroad for data centre for your cloud backup storage. However, in a market that has historically been occupied predominantly by the developed world, African countries are slowly but surely putting themselves on the map to compete globally. According to Data Center Map, there are now 37 colocation data centres in seven countries across Africa – of which 19 reside in South Africa. But it’s clear that Africa still has some way to go compared to Asia’s 316, Western Europe’s 1033, and North America’s 1639 data centres.
5. Develop digital products and services
Companies can ride the wave of an increased demand for digital services. This is evidenced by the fact that the number of digital buyers in the Middle East and Africa have more than doubled in the last five years from 30 million to 65 million. The cloud backup scene is set to grow as digital services are consumed more and more and companies need to protect their data.