Stack Azure By Liquid Telcom

Liquid Telecom Kenya lanced a Microsoft Cloud service ( Azure stack) in East Africa that allows a step-change in cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.

The latest Azure Stack service will enable companies to run a hidden Microsoft cloud within East Africa, rather than at one of Microsoft’s 54 public data centers commissioned outside the region. This means users benefit from the cutting-edge protection protocols improved and run by Microsoft on its cloud platforms, while holding their data locally, which makes data uploading faster for databases that can be as high as one terabyte or more.

The service will be ready from March 16, 2019, across East Africa, received in private cloud connections in Kenya and Tanzania, which makes it feasible to replicate databases at several locations to increase dependability and flexibility.

“The data delivery time to Europe is about 200 milliseconds, and for the nearest Microsoft cloud server, in South Africa, 55 milliseconds. But the latest Azure Stacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam will mean data transfer rates of less than 20 milliseconds for all users within East Africa,” said Group Head of Cloud Services for the Liquid Telecom Group Mr. Wintson.

The increase in speeds will modify back-ups and uploads from previously lengthy processes to swift data exchanges. Globally, organizations have stated that this has changed their plans, with one logistics company in California reaching a 50% growth in service performance on enhanced data speeds.

Using Azure Stack also opens the way to a level of cybersecurity that few organizations have the capacity to develop.

“Microsoft uses some $1bn a year on assuring the security of its Azure platforms. This is a scale of spend and professional gestures that companies cannot meet or surpass in securing their data,”

said Winston.

This occurs as East Africa’s data security continues to worsen. In 2017, Kenya lost above Sh21bn to cybercrime. But the nation’s losses are projected to grow more on new cyber threats, including strikes on Powershell files, Windows Scripting executables, and Liquid Telecom Kenya lanced a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that allows a step-change in cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.

“Developing the Azure Stack in East Africa has needed intense growth and co-operation between Liquid Telecom and Microsoft,” said Adil El Youssefi, CEO East Africa, Liquid Telecom. “However, we believe that in giving a now unequaled level of cybersecurity, it has delivered yet another vital pillar to the economic progress of Kenya and East Africa.”


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