AFRICA – Microsoft, multinational technology corporation, has partnered with Liquid Cloud, a computing service by Liquid Intelligent Technologies, to provide cloud services to businesses in Africa.

Through its Africa Transformation Office (ATO), Microsoft aims to deliver resilient cloud services in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe through the pact with Liquid Cloud.

The two firms also aim to meet the regulatory and data residency requirements, address latency workloads, strengthen resilience and enable business continuity in the seven countries.

Commenting on the partnership, David Behr, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security noted that Africa has experienced an accelerated adoption of cloud technologies and the shift to hybrid work culture will further increase the demand for cloud-based services.

“Our partnership will enable us to build comprehensive and edge-based cloud capabilities that meet customer regulatory requirements and ensure they deliver value to their customers,” said Behr.

The hybrid cloud environment will expand Azure capabilities to enable customers to create cloud-native applications faster with Azure platform and data services such as App Service, Functions, Logic Apps, Azure SQL Managed Instance, PostgreSQL database and Azure machine learning.

Through this, customers will be able to innovate anywhere and use the Azure platform to bring new solutions to life that solve contemporary challenges while creating the future.

Microsoft General Manager Africa Regional Cluster Wael Elkabbany underscored the critical role infrastructure enablers play in providing access to cloud services to accelerate digital transformation and adoption of digital technologies.

“Working with Liquid Cloud, access to the local cloud will be available to more organizations and highly regulated industries across the continent. In addition, hybrid cloud provided in-country resources that address data residency, latency and storage requirements,” said Elkabbany.

Through its arm ATO launched in 2021, Microsoft aims to fuel investment in Africa and establish the continent’s export of digital services in development areas such as digital infrastructure, skilling, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups.

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