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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud computing is the technological revolution of the twenty-first century


One of the key drivers of Africa’s cloud computing boom is the unquestionable benefits the technology brings to the ICT sector.

For some African sub-regions, the cloud computing model has already come to represent a solution to IT under-equipment problems, and the trends indicate that this model is set for major development provided certain accompanying measures are taken in a timely manner.

Cloud computing, considered by some to be the technological revolution of the twenty-first century, could go a long way towards resolving such issues, provided the corresponding technology is implemented on solid bases that inspire confidence in users both domestic and foreign.  This is according to the cloud computing report by ITU. 

The report notes that the experience of African countries to date points to cloud computing technology being used at different levels according to the institutions concerned.

‘’Indeed, while a given administration may only now be preparing to introduce this new technology, it may well be the case that 50 per cent of the country’s ICT operators have begun to implement or are already using it’’ the report says. 

Nick Treurnicht, the Customer Engineer for Google Workspace at DigiCloud Africa, agrees with this in a recent interview with Africa Business Communities.

‘’Africa has tremendous skills in IT engineering.  At the start of the pandemic and the lockdown in 2020, we saw many companies running legacy systems rush to deploy Google Workspace.  Most of the companies already running Workspace didn’t have a hard time picking up their laptops and working from home.  We even saw an increase in productivity instead of a decrease, as most business owners and managers feared.’’ Nick says.

As we have mentioned in a previous cloud review article, in Africa, cloud remains a key part in shaping how Africa will grow when it comes to technological infrastructure.  It has the potential to transform economic activities considering its inherent pay-per usage model, flexibility and scalability features. 

As IDC also notes, cloud adoption is no longer merely an option; indeed, it is a necessity that promises tremendous rewards across entire organizations. As the region’s enterprises dramatically accelerate their digital transformation journeys, they need to embrace the power of cloud computing and its holy grail – frictionless, hybrid multi-cloud that provides infrastructure-agnostic views and unified management capabilities across all clouds and even legacy data centres.

Simon Ngunjiri Muraya is Google Cloud Architect at Incentro Africa.

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