AWS Outposts is now available in South Africa. Outposts delivers fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with AWS-designed hardware that allows companies to run AWS compute, storage, database and other services on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to AWS’s broad array of services in the cloud. AWS Outposts brings native AWS services, infrastructure and operating models to virtually any data centre, co-location space or on-premises facility. With AWS Outposts, the same AWS APIs, control plane, tools and hardware on-premises can be used, as in the AWS cloud, to deliver a truly consistent hybrid experience.
South African companies who have workloads that require low latency, data processing, or data storage on-premises can benefit from AWS Outposts. These include applications that may need to generate near real-time responses, communicate with other on-premises systems, or control on-site equipment, such as factory floor equipment, health management systems, and retail point of sale systems. Companies can also use AWS Outposts to securely store and process customer data in South Africa, which is important for organisations in highly regulated industries with data sovereignty requirements.
Prabashni Naidoo, Director at Amazon Web Services South Africa, said: “We are excited to bring AWS Outposts to South Africa. Since the launch of the AWS Africa Region in April, customers have been expanding their use of AWS services, and have asked us for a consistent way to develop and manage their applications both on-premises and in the cloud. With AWS Outposts, customers can enjoy a truly consistent cloud environment using native AWS services to operate IT environments across their on-premises locations and the cloud.”
With AWS Outposts, customers in South Africa can work with the AWS Partner Network (APN) to leverage their deep experience helping businesses move applications to AWS through all aspects of complex migration projects. These can include initial discovery and assessment, planning, migration and operations, as well as cloud strategy and technology advisory services to migrate and run workloads on AWS Outposts.
Early adopters of AWS Outposts include Sentech SOC Limited, the national signal distributor and provider of digital content delivery services for the South African broadcasting and telecommunications sectors. Tebogo Leshope, Chief Operations Officer at SENTECH, said: “Working with AWS has enabled us to shorten the lead time to service in our market, and reduce provisioning costs by moving over-the-top and video-on-demand catch up services to the cloud. The addition of AWS Outposts supports our data centre cloud burst strategy, which will enable us to send broadcasting workloads to the cloud when demand for computing capacity spikes; this will transform broadcasting and real-time content distribution in Africa. AWS Outposts will also enable us to move free-to-air content to the cloud and launch radio on-demand services. Through this, we will be able to rapidly innovate and improve our customer experience.”