Africa’s cloud market is growing fast with various cloud partnerships. Africa is one of the global regions where a large portion of demand for cloud services is expected to increase in the coming years. The demand for cloud computing services in the African continent is growing at a rate between 25% and 30% annually.
Recently, Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, has expressed its determination to hold partnership with cloud service providers in Africa.
Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Faith Waithaka, and Founder and CEO of Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions, Kevin Kent, have lauded the cloud market in Africa.
South Africa is one of the most developed cloud markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, Amazon also announced the launch of its e-commerce service in South Africa. The increase in demand for data storage is also leading to an increase in the demand for data centers across South Africa.
Cloud adoption trends in Africa
Africa is expanding its cloud service but the market is still small. According to a German research service, the revenue from public cloud services in Africa will reach $8.3 billion by the end of 2023.
Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and VMware have targeted South Africa to expand their cloud service in the African market.
Chinese cloud providers – Huawei and Alibaba – have also given importance to Africa, especially South Africa. Huawei has already set aside R100 million for South African SMEs to help them adopt cloud computing.
According to a study by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the adoption of cloud computing in Nigeria could generate an additional economic value of N30.2 trillion by the next 10 years.
Amazon Web Services is also set to open a development center in Kenya. The move would create jobs in software development, cloud support, and software engineering in Kenya.
In South Africa, Microsoft, IBM, AWS, and Oracle have expanded their cloud data centers. Earlier this month, BCX also launched the Alibaba cloud region in Johannesburg, South Africa. BCX, a subsidiary within Telkom Group, launched its Africa Local Public (ALP) Cloud service from two Johannesburg-based data centers in partnership with Alibaba Cloud.
The cloud market in Africa is growing fast with these partnerships.