Seacom and Microsoft parter to boost cloud connectivity

Francis Ndegwa from SEACOM addressing the audience during the SEACOM Chat at Capital Club

Adoption of cloud computing is the new growth frontier for Kenyan businesses according to Pan African telecom enabler SEACOM.

To explore the potential in this high-growth sector, SEACOM and multinational-technology provider Microsoft have partnered to investigate the possibilities that corporate cloud has to offer beyond the traditional sphere of storage and towards hosted computing services.

With a growing economy, Kenya is a regional technology and financial hub and home to many international and regional businesses.  The region is therefore primed to take full advantage of SEACOM’s corporate Cloud-Interconnect Services.

SEACOM’s Business Sales Lead, Patrick Ndegwa, says the aim of this engagement is to initiate conversations amongst experts on emerging technology trends and how these could harness the power of secure and affordable connectivity in the country.

“Cloud services have improved the way we deliver resources, support new types of users, and create new types of business strategies. Today, organisations are looking at even more ways to leverage cloud computing to help their businesses become much more agile,” Mr. Ndegwa said.

Speaking during the forum, Microsoft East Africa Azure Specialist Carl Martens emphasised the importance of corporate cloud’s catalyst for business success, and its positive benefits to end-users.

“In line with our mission to enable individuals and businesses to achieve more, we are partnering with organisations and businesses within this space to enhance business and personal growth. Businesses face increasing pressure to reduce IT spending, improve security, meet new compliance standards, and arm themselves with better big-data tools. Cloud computing is helping them address all of these challenges.” stated Martens.

SEACOM reiterated that they are dedicated to creating strategic partnerships to support business growth.

“We are pleased to grow our corporate cloud through global partnerships in order to deliver long term values to customers,” Mr. Ndegwa said.

Globally, the cloud has become the catalyst for the emergence of new technology delivery models in many different industries including transport, trade and hospitality with development of products such as Uber, Amazon and Airbnb.


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