Africa embraces Cloud even as security fears persist

POSTED: 11th Sep

For African IT decision-makers, security remains the single biggest concern of being in the cloud, particularly amid the latest spate of data breaches. This is one of the findings in the latest “Cloud in Africa 2020” report, compiled by World Wide Worx in partnership with F5, Dell Technologies, Digicloud Africa and Intel. World Wide Worx interviewed IT decision-makers, primarily IT managers, across 400 medium and large enterprises in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Malawi, to ascertain current and intended use of cloud technologies in the continent’s major markets.

Typically, businesses have hesitated to digitally transform and adopt the cloud, mainly because change is difficult. Since the pandemic, the will of leaders to change at pace has increased by an order of magnitude. The situation has clearly proved that this type of rapid adaptation is possible and, crucially, that businesses can thrive in the cloud.” ~ Nick Treurnicht, Digicloud Africa.

The survey respondents stated the COVID-19 pandemic pushed cloud computing to front of mind, with 91% regarding it as an important resource for coping with challenges of the crisis. Since the outbreak, the technology platform has been used primarily for disaster recovery (91%) and remote working (82%), followed by customer service activities (52%), the survey shows. In 2021, almost two-thirds (61%) of all respondents are set to increase investments in cloud services, 36% expect investment to remain at current levels, and only 1% anticipate decreasing spend. Significantly, more than half of all respondents (56%) estimate that over a quarter of applications will have moved to the cloud by the end of this year.”

Some 63% of the survey respondents cited data security or breach of data as their main concern, mainly because they see it happening around them, reveals Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx's MD.

Read the rest of the findings from ITWeb here.

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