Cloud a strategic South African priority in 2018

claude-schuckBy GIFT NDOLWANE
JOHANNESBURG – THE next year is projected to be a crucial period for strategically investing in availability and cloud solutions.
The projections by Veeam Software follow research indicating that over 80 percent of South African IT workers believe that local businesses are ready to enhance service delivery to customers and colleagues by 2018.
Over 90 percent believe that the availability of services and solutions is becoming a more accepted trend in the South African market. This is
further underscored by the fact that over 90 percent have recognised that business continuity, availability and disaster recovery have become business-centred priorities – they are no longer driven purely by technology.
“Next year is set to be one of the most challenging for the business yet, especially for those enterprises that are looking to deliver the high-end, round-the-clock availability of services and solutions that their end-users demand,” said Claude Schuck, regional manager for Africa at Veeam.
“By addressing availability concerns, organisations can alleviate some of the pressure, especially if the focus remains clearly on strategic cloud investment.”
To fully recognise the potential of availability the business must invest in the tools and technology that support it. Nearly 40 percent of South African IT workers agreed that more than 50 percent of the enterprise business will be hosted in the cloud by 2018 with 60 percent agreeing that cloud has become a strategic priority.
Projections come a fortnight after the VeeamON Forum Africa, held in
Bryanston, Johannesburg.
The one-day event saw more than 450 IT experts and visionaries from across the continent converge.

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