14 March 2019

Africa: Liquid Expands Microsoft Azure Availability in Africa

Liquid Telecom and Microsoft Gold Partner has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure across its pan-African network.

This comes as the company is approaching 70,000km and stretching via a direct terrestrial high-speed fibre link across the continent.

Liquid Telecom brings cloud-optimised connectivity offering the benefits of low latency, high capacity and resiliency to businesses across Africa.

Hybrid cloud solution access for customers

With the availability of Microsoft's Azure regions in South Africa and using local Microsoft Azure Stack deployments in Liquid Telecom's African data centres connected via Microsoft ExpressRoute, customers are able to access a hybrid cloud solution residing within the African continent.

This scale-out of the Microsoft cloud-based architecture offers customers across the African continent greater opportunities for agility, security, and compliance.

It also offers increased efficiencies and improved performance for business and public sector organisations operating in Africa, but also multi-nationals with a presence in Africa.

As a result of the availability of the new Azure cloud regions, SMEs, enterprises, public sector organisations and multi-nationals with a presence in Africa will have access to globally available services with local data residency and the benefits of low latency, high local capacity built upon Microsoft's trusted cloud principles of security, privacy, compliance, transparency and reliability.

Modern business foundation for customers in Africa

"We are delighted by the launch of Microsoft's cloud regions in Africa, and by extending the reach of Microsoft Azure to an increasing number of countries and customers, Liquid Telecom is helping Africa realise its digital future," said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom.

He added that they offer customers a single, unified solution for their Microsoft Azure strategy. This is underpinned by an unrivalled fibre network, strategically located data centres, a hybrid cloud architecture covering Azure and the Azure Stack and an ExpressRoute connection to maximise the benefits of the cloud.

The Liquid Telecom Fibre Network. Liquid has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure across its pan-African network starting with five countries. [Photo/Liquid]"Together, Microsoft and Liquid Telecom are creating a modern business foundation for customers in Africa - one that inspires innovation, cloud-paced change, compliance and business growth," Rudnick adds.

Liquid Telecom customers will benefit from the company's forward-thinking ecosystem: world-class data centres, connected via a pan-African fibre network approaching 70,000km; offering the Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud in five countries in Africa; and the company's position as a Microsoft Tier I and Tier II Cloud Solution Provider.

Modern hybrid cloud services in five countries

A private, high-performance CloudConnect via Microsoft ExpressRoute, together with Liquid Telecom's expert cloud enablement services, also enables customers to accelerate their cloud deployment and achieve faster time to value.

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"This availability of Microsoft Azure, delivered from cloud regions in South Africa, answers the call from customers across Africa for a truly modern and hybrid cloud," said Dean Erasmus, Azure Business Lead for Africa, Microsoft.

"It enables customers across the continent to simplify IT implementation and reap the benefits associated with the cloud operating models, either hosted or delivered on-premise. Liquid Telecom is a trusted partner of Microsoft with the breadth of their fibre network, data centre infrastructure, market reach and expertise to enable customers to realise their business objectives more quickly and effectively."

The Liquid Telecom ecosystem brings cloud services in Africa together, offering customers a one-stop solution for cloud computing, connectivity, and professional services through Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack.

Liquid Telecom now provides this modern hybrid cloud services in five countries - South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda - with more regions scheduled to go live later including the Middle East, North and West Africa.

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