Nkosi Kumalo (centre) and Vodacom officials

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Vodacom Business Nigeria at the weekend in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, said cloud computing will address all issues relating to reduction in cost of operating business in the country, lamenting  however that businesses in the country are still lagging behind, with only a third of them currently using cloud technology.

The tech giant allayed fears over the security of firms that adopt the technology, assuring that it has put in place measures to safeguard the data of all its clients across the country.

Its Executive Head, Cloud and Hosting Services, Nkosi Kumalo said: “Cloud is the ultimate place to do business. Most chief information officers (CIOs) spend their time managing complex IT delivery however, by adopting cloud technology; corporates have reduced their total cost of operation (TCO) and increased productivity. Cloud technology transforms the way we do business.”

Speaking on Utilising Cloud As a Key Business Tool, at the CIO forum sponsored by Vodacom Business Nigeria in Lagos, he urged firms still doing business in the usual way to start thinking about looking inwards by embracing cloud technology.

Kumalo stated that factors driving cloud adoption include improved connectivity, reduction in IT costs and the retention of key skills. “Companies can no longer afford to invest too much of their capital expenditure (CAPEX) into IT infrastructure as this is an expensive, long-term investment,” he added.

According to him, despite this increased interest in cloud technology across Africa, it is evident that the major adaption inhibitor is the security of cloud computing.

Kumalo who responded to questions raised around cloud security at the forum said: “We have taken care of the fears around security; our solutions are designed to incorporate the very latest in security technology. Our cloud security solution ensures that your business critical applications are safe. We also have cloud backup and Archiving Solutions offering customers full redundancy for business continuity and disaster recovery.”

As companies establish confidence in cloud solutions, they will move more of their solutions into the cloud, however, to achieve this, it is important that enterprises partner with a company that has a robust network and relevant skills to deliver the value that the Cloud promises. Vodacom’s enterprise-class Cloud and hosting solutions enable a secure and reliable IT infrastructure that is ready for growth with 99.982 per cent guaranteed service level agreement (SLA).

Vodacom offers several cloud technology solutions for any size business including software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud security solutions and managed disaster Recovery Solutions.

Kumalo said: “Overall Cloud provides your businesses with an affordable solution to access business critical data and IT solutions when and where you want it. Cloud Solution from Vodacom meets the IT requirements of even the most cost conscious business.”

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