ST Digital, a pan-African group specializing in IT solutions and based in Cameroon, launched its 100% African DataCenter for cloud data storage at the end of January. The latter refers to a set of services provided on demand via the Internet to businesses, organizations or individuals without the need for internal infrastructure or hardware.
"Cloud Services are entirely managed by service providers via infrastructures such as ST Digital's datacenter. They are made available to customers from hosting service providers' servers, so the company does not need to host applications on its own servers on site," explains Joël Nlepe, Director of Sales and Digital Transformation at ST Digital.
The challenge, he explains, is to reduce the cost of data storage by local companies. "With the Cloud Services provider providing the infrastructure and software needed, the company does not need to invest in its own resources or assign IT staff to manage the service. This then allows the company to simply scale the solution as user needs change, whether it needs to increase the number of licenses to accommodate new employees or enhance applications. This provides an opportunity for cost reduction and flexibility," says Nlepe.
ST Digital claims to be the only independent player to own a Tier-3 datacenter that complies with international norms and standards in Central Africa. The Tier-3 classification here is given to a data center with multiple power supply and cooling distribution circuits. The availability offered must be 99.982% with an interruption limited to a little more than an hour and a half each year.
But it should be noted that the ST Digital group is entering a market where there are already pioneers, including the telecom operator MTN Cameroon, or Cameroon postal services (Campost), the public postal operator, whose data center houses the national switch for electronic payments in Cameroon.
Source : Investiraucameroun.com
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