Huawei said on Tuesday that its Cloud offering is now available in South Africa.
The announcement comes just 24 hours before Microsoft holds a press conference in Johannesburg where it’s expected it will provide more details about the launch of its Azure data centres in the country.
“Like all Huawei Cloud data centres, the South African facility complies with tier 3+ standards and uses Huawei’s high-performance chips and network devices to offer a better user experience,” the Chinese electronics giant said in a statement.
Huawei is leasing a data centre in Johannesburg from a partner from where it is deploying localised public cloud services based on local industry policies, customer requirements and partner conditions, it said.
Edward Deng, vice president of Huawei’s cloud business unit, said South Africa is “one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets globally, with tremendous potential, and cloud services are expected to unleash the latent capacity and drive the growth in the country”.
“We are looking forward to Huawei Cloud’s innovative technologies and services such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence assisting African governments, carriers and enterprises in a variety of industries such as finance, energy, agriculture, to leapfrog to a fully-connected, intelligent era,” Deng said.
In addition to the Chinese mainland, Europe and Latin America, Huawei Cloud has unveiled regions in Hong Kong, Russia, Thailand and Singapore to date. By the end of 2018, 40 “availability zones” had been opened in 23 geographic regions.
Huawei plans to gradually operate more data centres in Kenya, Nigeria and other countries in Africa, it said. — (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media