With Africa witnessing a rapidly growing demand for Datacentre & Cloud services, DCCI 2022 - Africa, a two-day virtual summit, provided the necessary platform to the key industry stakeholders and experts to share their vision, insights and collaborate with peers and solution providers for a future-ready datacentre & cloud industry.
Amidst a booming state of digitization in Africa, datacentre and cloud infrastructure is taking root in the continent. Reports suggest that Africa’s datacentre market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period 2021-2026 to reach USD 5 billion.
In an effort to support the region’s organizations in capturing the market and expose its lucrative side, Tradepass hosted Datacentre & Cloud Infrastructure summit (DCCI) for the first time in Africa, virtually on 5 – 6 April, 2022.
Organizations like G42 Cloud, SUSE, Pure Storage and Africa Data Centres were at the forefront of the event where they showcased their cutting-edge solutions for the region and gave insightful sessions on the most pressing topics.
While expressing his views on Africa datacentre situation, Ossama El Samadoni (VP Business Development and Sales – UAE, G42 Cloud) said, “We know that we have a challenge with datacentres in Africa, we need around 700 datacentres and a total capacity of 1000 Megawatts but in the meantime we need to control our elements of production in terms of cloud and in terms of software.”
The virtual summit attracted 1100+ datacentre and cloud professionals from 250+ leading public and private enterprises across Africa which included CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, VPs, GMs, Heads of IT, Infrastructure, Datacenter, Cloud, Security and many other senior profiles.
Tshepo Masigo (Cloud & MSP Partner Executive - South Africa, SUSE) gave amazing insights on cloud-native technologies, he mentioned “More than 60% of developers have used containers for software development and containers have become a top priority for IT leaders”.
Top officials from the leading tech organizations who were also the speakers for DCCI 2022 - Africa, covered the most relevant topics from the industry which got amazing response from the attendees. Some of the topics from the summit included ‘Promoting Data Sovereignty in the Age of Cloud Computing’, ‘Exploring Cloud-Native Platforms for Accelerated Enterprise Transformation’, ‘Driving Transformation with Flash Storage for Faster and Efficient Performance’, ‘Future of Cloud Computing’, ‘Fostering Data Excellency in Africa’ and many others.
The summit was also graced by Timothy Were (Deputy Director ICT – Kenya, Ministry of ICT and Innovation) who spoke about the future of datacentres in Africa and while giving an amazing factual reference he expressed, “In terms of construction cost, we are looking at under $7 per watt which compares very well with the developed countries that are almost 3 times that cost. In total we are looking at a market of about $5 billion for datacentres by the year 2026.”
When enquired about the execution of the entire event, organizer and CEO of Tradepass, Sudhir Jena commented, “Datacentre and Cloud Infrastructure Summit (DCCI) 2022 - Africa paved the future road map concerning Africa’s datacentre & cloud industry. The involvement of the public & private sector was extremely crucial in terms of uplifting the whole industry which can work as a strong pillar for serving the continent’s digital economy.
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