Liquid Telecom extends Microsoft Azure from Cape to Cairo

Scale-out of the Microsoft Cloud, announced at AfricaCom 2018, offers customers across Africa limitless opportunities for agility, innovation, and secure, compliant growth

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Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has extended the availability of Microsoft Azure from the Cape to Cairo, continuing its lead in the African cloud revolution. This breakthrough scale-out of the Microsoft cloud-based architecture, announced today at AfricaCom 2018, offers customers across the continent limitless opportunities for agility, innovation, and secure, compliant growth.

The Cape to Cairo capability for Microsoft Azure is enabled by Liquid Telecom’s ecosystem: five world-class data centres, connected via a pan-African fibre network approaching 70,000km; five regions offering the Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud; and the company’s position as a Microsoft Tier I and Tier II Could Solution Provider.

A private, high performance CloudConnect for Microsoft ExpressRoute service, together with Liquid Telecom’s expert cloud enablement services, also enable customers to accelerate their cloud deployment and achieve faster time to value.

“By extending the reach of Microsoft Azure to an increasing number of countries and customers, Liquid Telecom is helping Africa realise its digital future,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom. “We offer customers a single, unified solution for their Microsoft Azure strategy. This is underpinned by an unrivalled fibre network, strategically located data centres, a hybrid cloud architecture covering Azure and the Azure Stack, and an ExpressRoute connection to maximise the benefits of the cloud. Together, Microsoft and Liquid Telecom are creating a modern business foundation for customers in Africa – one that inspires innovation, cloud-paced change, compliance, and business growth.”

The Liquid Telecom ecosystem brings cloud services in Africa together, offering customers a one-stop solution for Microsoft cloud computing, connectivity, and professional services.

The company now provides the scale-out Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack hybrid cloud in five regions – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda – with more countries scheduled to go live during 2019. The company has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network approaching 70,000km, running from the Cape to Cairo – covering most of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

“Our network is designed, built and operated to the highest standards demanded by today’s leading cloud providers, carriers, and enterprises, Liquid Telecom’s network of data centres provides customers with scalable and secure Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack services,” Rudnick continued.  They also act as a one-stop shop for data centre solutions across the Continent and a local data centre resource for all private, secure hybrid cloud needs.

Part of Liquid Telecom’s CloudConnect offering, is Microsoft ExpressRoute, which allows customers to establish flexible, private connections to Azure for better performance, tighter security and lower latency.

“This increased availability of Microsoft Azure answers the call from customers across Africa for a truly modern hybrid cloud,” said Dean Erasmus, Azure Business Lead for Africa, Microsoft. “It enables customers across the continent to simplify IT implementation and reap the benefits associated with cloud operating models, either hosted or delivered on-premise. Liquid Telecom is a trusted partner of Microsoft to drive this strategy forward. The breadth of their fibre network, data centre infrastructure, market reach and expertise enable customers to realise their business objectives more quickly and effectively.”

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