South Africa: Google will establish a data center in Cape Town in 2023 to compete with Amazon

Two of the biggest players in the cloud computing sector, Amazon Web Services and Google have strengthened their presence in South Africa in recent months. The aim is to establish data centers on the African continent in the next few years.

Dr Alistair Mokoena, Country Director of Google South Africa, announced the opening in 2023 of a data center in Cape Town. In an interview published Friday, September 2 on the news site ITWebhe claims that this local hub will support Google Cloud customers and host data from across the continent.

We are at a point where the project to establish a data center region in South Africa is going to happen and these things take about two years to come to fruition. We compete with the best in the world, and a big part of being competitive is investing in infrastructure “, explained Dr. Mokoena.

In the type of space we operate in, we need to have a data center; we process data and we have cloud customers who rely on us for data-related services “, he added.

Several initiatives have been launched by Google in Africa in recent years. The tech giant is currently working on its next product development center in Nairobi, which will create African products and export software from Africa to the rest of the world. 1er September, the company officially launched its new Equiano undersea internet cable, which connects Portugal to South Africa.

These initiatives are running concurrently with those of Amazon Web Services (AWS). The other cloud giant opened a new office in Johannesburg a few days ago. This new office is a continuation of Amazon’s growing investments in South Africa, which began in 2004. Through this new physical presence, the company wants to meet growing customer demand and continue its investment in the nation. Rainbow.

According to Research and Markets’ “Africa Data Center Market – Industry Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027” report, cloud adoption in South Africa is expected to grow by 25% annually and generate up to $1.5 billion in revenue. 2024.

Samira Njoya

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