Late 2013, global tech giant, Cisco, put Africa at the helm of the continents that will amass the higher part of the cloud computing usage cake. The report that came out in late October provided a growth rate of 44 percent, of the planet’s total, of which 17 percent would go through the end-user. The data facilities will be at the center-stage of this growth, however, primarily because many SME and upper-to-middle income companies will be churning out their data through the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) conduit. Indeed, year-by-year, the global traffic in data facilities will gain tetra proportions to reach 6.6 zettabytes, which in three years’ time, starting 2013 will have reached the-not-less-imposing 4.3 zettabytes.
Now, in respect to the above math, here is a dual approach as to why data center flow of information and end-user gains, too, will characterize the African web.
Africa Data Center offshore reality
In a continent where government offers only a tiny bit to an ever-rejuvenating population (youth forms the biggest chunk of the census) it is only natural that service industries should sprout online. Furthermore, data security has spurred brick-and-mortar entities to turn online for secure storage and backup.
Secondly, telecoms in Africa have turned into persuasive advocates of the cloud phenomenon, and most people, in fact, come to learn of the buzzword via their telecommunications providers. This has seen many entities moving to work in cohort with mobile networks, to among other ways, send bulk SMSs through their remote servers at a fraction of the in-house infrastructural investment on the same.
Thirdly, the need to stay independent of government has seen online business sprout en masse. In a situation where start-ups are exploiting different concepts, with a consequence of which being a backlog of data in their meager facilities, online servers are placating the abysmal lack of machinery.
Finally, upshot marketing, shopping and banking enterprises that need to grapple with operating costs, crunch their data, whether for sending consumer lists or transacting online, via on-shore and offshore accounts with a server provider.
The End-user has a field day
The fact that 17% of users of cloud facilities in Africa are at the nether end that digests content is not a strange phenomenon. The continent has a large fellowship on the Internet, through the onset of smartphone devices that have some of the highest rates of acquisition in the four corners of Sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of elite or productive end-users are usually university students doing their research projects, with the core activity being the surfing of the web, while the majority of lay users access video and other resources on the web of an entertainment nature.
Thus, cloud computing is not a passing cloud in Africa but a reality that has businesses and end-users counting their new gains. By 2016, the full realization of using the cloud as a platform for gathering and storing information for relatively cheap values will have become commonplace experience in the continent.