The adoption of cloud computing technologies by South African and African companies is taking place faster than IT companies expected.
This is according to EOH executive director Rob Godlonton, who adds: “18 months ago there was speculation that the development of cloud computing was still two to three years away, but the reality is that it is being adopted faster than anyone could have anticipated.
“Many organisations are asking questions about the technology and conducting assessments of their systems to see which cloud computing offering will work for their business. Other companies have already moved their IT infrastructure to a private cloud and EOH currently has clients that it hosts in private clouds,” Godlonton says.
“Dormac is one example of a client that has moved its entire IT infrastructure into a private cloud. We host their entire IT infrastructure and applications including their branch network from an independent data centre in Johannesburg,” he adds.
“The major advantages of going the cloud computing route include not having to recruit, develop and retain their own IT resources needed to maintain your IT infrastructure, as these skills are all outsourced to providers. Cloud computing allows companies to focus on their core business while IT providers focus on the IT side,” says Godlonton.
“The other big benefit is around virtualisation, which allows companies to significantly lower their carbon footprint through reduced hardware deployment. While the costs of virtualisation are still relatively high, in the medium term these costs will decrease with better technology. Typically, purpose-built data centres run more efficiently than a company’s own in-house IT infrastructure resulting in significant power savings over time.”
EOH partners with Teraco, which develops fully managed, outsourced data centres with power management, cooling, fire suppression, access control and cable management services.
“Most of the growth we are seeing in cloud computing is in the development of private clouds. This is seen as a more secure option where companies can still configure their applications to meet their specific business requirements. However, we anticipate a rapid move of small to medium size businesses to public clouds in the near future, which have standardised applications that are easy to implement. We are also seeing the IT departments of large corporate companies developing their own private clouds and billing their services back to the company as a private service provider would,” says Godlonton.