Liquid Telecom Rolls Out Azure Stack Cloud Service In East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that would transform cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.

The multinational telco announced that the new Azure Stack service would enable companies to operate a private Microsoft cloud within East Africa, instead of serving it at one of Microsoft’s 54 public data centres stationed outside the region.

The company further declared that this meant that users would benefit from the innovative security protocols that are developed and run by Microsoft on its cloud platforms, while storing their data locally, which makes data uploading much faster for databases that can be larger than one terabyte.

The service is accessible throughout East Africa and is hosted in private cloud nodes in Tanzania and Kenya, which, as Liquid explains, makes it easier to reproduce databases at different locations to increase flexibility and consistency.

The Group Head of Cloud Services at Liquid Telecom Group, Winston Ritson, said that the data transmission time to Europe is approximately 200 milliseconds, and for the closest Microsoft cloud server, in SA, roughly 55 milliseconds. But the new Azure Stacks in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi would mean data transfer speeds of less than 20 milliseconds for all Liquid Telecom users within East Africa.

Microsoft spends over $1bn a year on ensuring the security of its Azure platforms. This is a level of spend and professional attention that most companies cannot match in securing their data.

Adil El Youssefi, Liquid Telecom’s CEO of East Africa, concluded that developing the Azure Stack in East Africa has demanded intensive development and a lot of co-operation between Liquid Telecom and Microsoft.

However, the mobile network provider believes that in offering this unmatched level of cybersecurity, it has provided yet another essential pillar to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa as a whole.

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