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Vodacom accelerates digital transformation with the introduction Microsoft Azure products for Cape Town customers

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Western Cape – Vodacom, in partnership with Microsoft today introduced Microsoft Azure products to its Cape Town customers. Through Vodacom Business, Vodacom is one of the first Telco companies to go to market with a full suite of Azure products that offer local customers end-to-end digital solutions.

Speaking in Cape Town, Executive Head for Vodacom Products and Services, Sabelo Mabena explains that Microsoft Azure is one of the leading industry Cloud platforms that enables developers and IT professionals to create, manage and deploy applications through Microsoft’s global network of data centres.

“Microsoft Azure is the most trusted public Cloud platform used by 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies. The platform enables businesses to build anything from simple mobile apps through to internet-scale solutions. Vodacom’s offering of Microsoft Azure, will allow businesses the ability to provide enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions, and offer customers access to professional services that will be readily available to provide the best approach and solutions on the platform to allow customers to maximise efficiencies,” Mabena says.

From a Vodacom perspective, Mabena says the launch of the suite of Microsoft Azure solutions compliments the Vodacom Enterprise’s vision to help accelerate the digital transformation journey for business in South Africa. 

“Providing our customers with essential tools and the latest offerings in market is vital if they are to survive today’s business landscape. Not only that, but Vodacom’s Azure solution model is simple to adapt and offers a host of application building blocks and services that will allow our customers to customise the Cloud according to their needs. Aligning with Vodacom’s bespoke offerings that are tailored to suit customers’ needs,” Mabena added.

Ravi Bhat, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead at Microsoft South Africa adds to this saying:  “Vodacom Business clients can now use Azure to create data-driven, intelligent apps. Whether they want to employ image recognition or bot services, organisations can take advantage of Azure data services and artificial intelligence to create new experiences that scale and support deep learning as well as real-time analytics on any shape and size of data. The launch of the cloud platform will provide bespoke solutions aimed at addressing the issues currently being faced by customers’ businesses. Vodacom customers will have access to professional services, provided by experts, who will be readily available to provide the best approach and solutions on the platform to allow customers to maximise on efficiencies and save on costs.”

This is yet another step into the future of digital transformation for Vodacom, equipping businesses in South Africa and Africa with the necessary tools to stay on par with the latest business solutions available in the market.

Details on the offers available:

Data Warehousing
This product is a comprehensive offering that goes beyond just database licensing. The service includes the sizing of database for operations, migration of data to the cloud for processing and the option of specialists to assist with the processing / mining of large volumes of date.

Virtual Data Centre's
This product goes beyond traditional Virtual Machine technology to also encompass varied storage and virtual networking elements. Customers have the benefit of being able to seamlessly merge privately hosted infrastructure with public infrastructure, while still maintaining the control of a LAN environment.

Back Up & Disaster Recovery
This product ensures that customers have the peace of mind that critical data and servers are backed up and just as importantly data is able to be restored quickly with minimal disruption to daily operations. With Vodacom Business, customers have the option of hybrid or a full cloud Disaster recovery plan. We also provide the option for resources to assist with Disaster Recovery.

SAP on Azure
Vodacom extends its SAP managed services to assist with migrations of SAP to the Azure Platform. Azure is ideal for the workload patterns for SAP and SAP HANA, providing improved performance, and rapid scalability.  Vodacom extends its full SAP Basis Managed Services to Azure ensuring customers peace of mind of their SAP Landscape against managed SLA’s.

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