Microsoft invests in SA cloud computing

Microsoft’s newly launched Africa Hyperscale Cloud Data Centres open up a world of possibilities for South African enterprises – and BUI is ready to be a leading cloud-migration partner.

Microsoft South Africa MD Lillian Barnard announced the official opening of Microsoft’s Africa Hyperscale Cloud Data Centres today. Speaking from Microsoft South Africa’s head office in Johannesburg, Barnard said the state-of-the-art facilities, located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will offer Azure immediately, and Office 365 and Dynamics 365 in the near future.

“We are extremely excited to announce the opening of our new enterprise-grade data centre regions based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This world-class cloud infrastructure will power emerging cloud, artificial intelligence and edge computing innovations across the continent,” Barnard said, to enthusiastic applause.

The launch makes Microsoft the first global provider to deliver cloud services from data centres on the African continent. The Cape Town and Johannesburg Azure regions join Microsoft’s 54 available and announced regions around the world, and represent a significant local investment by the technology titan.

Organisations across Africa have realised the significant benefits of operating in the cloud. Research indicates that cloud usage among medium and large enterprises more than doubled from 2013 to 2018. South African companies, in particular, have looked to capitalise on the benefits of the cloud, including scalability, speed and adaptability.

With locally delivered cloud services from data centres on South African soil, businesses now have the option to migrate to the cloud while maintaining security and meeting compliance needs. With legislation like the Protection of Personal Information Act and evolving laws around data protection, local cloud services represent a significant opportunity for enterprises engaged in digital transformation.

As Microsoft’s top cloud partner in South Africa, BUI is proud to introduce a customised cloud-migration service to help local businesses transform their operations with digital technology.

The Azure Data Centre Migration Service by BUI is an end-to-end solution for moving on-premises servers and applications to the Microsoft Cloud environment.

BUI designed the Azure Data Centre Migration Service to make cloud migration simpler and more manageable for mid-market and enterprise-level organisations across the South African business landscape.

A step-by-step process

The Azure Data Centre Migration Service by BUI focuses on four key stages in the cloud-migration journey:

  • Readiness assessment. A thorough examination of the client’s existing IT infrastructure.
  • Road map. A detailed analysis of the client’s specific business goals and compliance requirements.
  • Deployment of cloud architecture tailored to meet the client’s needs.
  • Comprehensive technical assistance from certified cloud specialists.

BUI’s cloud architects are skilled in a range of Microsoft Cloud technologies and can offer strategic insight regarding the business applications best suited for the Azure platform. “Our focus is always on our customers. We want to help them solve their business problems with technology, now and into the future,” says Technical Director Willem Malan.

It’s the right time to consider cloud migration

Microsoft announced the official launch of its long-awaited Africa Hyperscale Cloud Data Centres today. The two facilities – located in Cape Town and Johannesburg – enable the delivery of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud services. Azure is available immediately via the local data centres, and will be followed in the future by Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity solution) and Dynamics 365 (Microsoft’s next generation of intelligent business applications).

Data residency will be a key benefit for local businesses bound by the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act and other privacy regulations. “Data privacy and data protection are critical today,” says General Manager Thys Janse van Rensburg. “There’s a new headline about cybercrime almost every week. Microsoft Azure is a compelling cloud solution for businesses that are serious about digital security.”

Microsoft Managing Director Lillian Barnard announced the launch of the South African data centres during a press conference at Microsoft South Africa’s head office in Johannesburg. “We are extremely excited to announce the opening of our new enterprise-grade data centre regions based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This world-class cloud infrastructure will power emerging cloud, artificial intelligence and edge computing innovations across the continent,” Barnard said.

BUI Managing Director Ryan Roseveare is thrilled that Microsoft has made such a significant investment in local infrastructure, and says BUI is perfectly positioned to guide businesses at every stage of their cloud-adoption journey. “BUI is always on the leading edge, especially in the cloud space. We’ve won Microsoft’s Cloud Platform Partner of the Year award five times… I think that reflects the strength of our practices and processes, but I also believe we have the best people here,” says Roseveare.

BUI is consistently recognised for its premier abilities in cloud technology. In-house teams have helped leading brands to modernise their systems and empower their people.

The Azure Data Centre Migration Service by BUI is available now. Book an assessment with our cloud specialists today.

BUI is an official Microsoft Partner in South Africa, and an award-winning leader in identity and security solutions.

A Local Cloud At Last! Microsoft Launches Its South African Data Centres

Our commitment to ensuring business continuity – even in the face of disruption – has been recognised by the British Standards Institution.

We’re proud to announce that we have earned ISO 22301 certification after a rigorous independent evaluation by the British Standards Institution last month. The ISO 22301 badge is recognised internationally and sets the standard for Business Continuity Management Systems.

“This certification highlights the strength of our company’s business continuity strategy,” says Gayle Roseveare, our Chief Operating Officer (COO) here at BUI. “It proves to our staff, partners and customers that we’re prepared for any eventuality – and that we’re able to serve and support the people who rely on us, no matter what. Our ISO 22301 badge represents our commitment to effective risk management, organisational resilience, and reliability – even in the face of disruption,” notes Roseveare.

What is ISO 22301?

Developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 22301 lays out a framework to help companies like ours create, implement, and maintain a comprehensive business continuity management system (BCMS). The main aim is to ensure that companies are protected against unforeseen business challenges and equipped to respond and recover when such events do occur.

“BUI is a global company with offices in East Africa, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States,” says Roseveare. “On any given day, our teams are provisioning cloud infrastructure, monitoring and securing digital environments, and delivering a wide range of IT services to customers. We operate around the world and around the clock – and we have to be able to do so continuously. Whether there are power outages in South Africa or internet connectivity issues in Europe, we need to ensure we can deliver uninterrupted services to our customers. Our ISO 22301 certificate validates our planning for disruptive incidents and disasters.”

Why is ISO 22301 certification important?

“In an unpredictable business climate, it pays to be prepared,” explains Dhiren Boodhia, our Group Governance and Compliance Manager. “And that goes double for service providers like us. To earn our ISO 22301 certificate, we had to demonstrate that we have a thorough BCMS in place; that the staff in our various offices understand the BCMS and the processes required to sustain it; and that we are focused on maintaining business continuity and sustainability regardless of market uncertainties and challenges. I think the ISO 22301 badge is an important differentiator – especially when customers are looking for a steadfast technology ally that is as dedicated to legal and regulatory compliance as it is to protecting the business resources of the organisations it works with,” he says.

For customers who choose to partner with BUI, there are five key benefits, adds Boodhia.

  1. Consistency. ISO 22301 emphasises the importance of consistency when it comes to best practices and business processes. “We’ve been assessed on our capabilities around risk assessment and impact analysis as well as our strategies for mitigating disruptions. Our teams excelled in every area – and that means our customers can expect the highest standards of service and care from everyone at BUI,” says Boodhia.
  2. Data protection. With the cyber threat landscape evolving so quickly, data privacy and data security are critical considerations for customers. “ISO 22301 includes extensive conditions for data protection and data recovery,” notes Boodhia. “Our ISO 22301 badge, together with the ISO 27001 certification we achieved for our commitment to information security management, should give our customers even greater confidence: we handle all data respectfully and safely.
  3. Faster recovery. “ISO 22301 requires us to have a holistic strategy in place to deal with disruptions and disasters. It also mandates a detailed recovery plan to ensure that downtime is minimised – for our company and for the business organisations we serve,” says Boodhia. “BUI customers can be assured that, in the event of an issue, our teams will follow a step-by-step framework to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”
  4. Greater compliance. By achieving ISO 22301 certification, BUI has met the global benchmark for business continuity management, adds Boodhia. “Many of our customers operate in highly regulated industries, like financial services and healthcare, and they must adhere to their own standards in terms of the services they provide to their clients. BUI is committed to maintaining essential functions during adverse circumstances – and that’s a big plus for customers who have strict compliance obligations.”
  5. Peace of mind. ISO 22301 calls for certified organisations to update and improve their business continuity processes to ensure that their strategies remain current, relevant, and effective. “We’re obligated to adapt and enhance our BCMS plan as our company grows,” explains Boodhia. “It’s good news for our customers because it means we’re always prepared. Whatever happens, the BUI services and solutions that so many businesses utilise every day will be available.”

Our commitment to your success

ISO 22301 may be our newest certification, but it’s also a testament to our unwavering focus on our customers, notes our COO. “To be a dependable, reliable technology partner, you need to anticipate the challenges you’re going to face and then take the necessary steps to ensure that you can address those challenges as soon as they arise. We’re being proactive today so that we’re ready for tomorrow – and always on hand to help our customers be productive, secure, and resilient,” Roseveare concludes.

Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place?

Our experts can help you craft a comprehensive backup strategy aligned with your business structure, your IT resources, your budget, and your goals.

Contact our team to arrange a discussion today.

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