by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG -SOUTH Africa requires a clear strategy to ensure it realises the benefits of Cloud while minimising the risk and impacts of service delivery in the country.
This is according to a leading technology company, Schneider Electric, at the just-concluded 26th Southern African Universities Power and Engineering Conference (SAUPEC 2018).
Schneider Electric presented two papers at the event hosted by the School of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand, in conjunction with the South African Institute of
Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) in Johannesburg.
The presentation on “Cloud and the Future of Industrial Automation” unpacked the current usage in the cloud and the future of the hybrid data centre, as evinced by its EcoStruxure framework.
Experts from the company pointed out the South African government cloud journey had only just started but pointed out the continent’s most advanced economy must adopt a clear strategy to enjoy the benefits.
This would lessen impacts of service delivery, which is a contentious issue that has sparked conflict.
Experts said as cloud services are deployed from the Cloud platforms that were used in 2008 to the transition of the 2017 cloud “edge”, everything was now less centralised and would be distributed through the Edge
Intelligence by 2020 as part of the “hybrid” cloud and the “next OS”.
The producers and consumers of the cloud are enticed by custom-built applications that they can access from either physically or from virtual servers on a pay-as-you-go services.
Schneider Electric’s theme on Power & Energy in the Context of the Internet of Things (IoT): the 4th Industrial Revolution”, officials said the area that Schneider Electric had at the forefront of its business
drive, as the world becomes more connected.
“Today, the digital offering has made such advances that products connected to the IOT account for 40 percent of our global turnover,” said Derek Gilmore, Director for the Specification and Training, Schneider
Electric Anglophone Africa.
A study from the International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that Cloud migration was on the plans of the majority of South African companies.
The IDC study in 2017 showed that over 90 percent of the companies were developing a Cloud strategy and are either in the implementation or implementation-planning phase of their Cloud journey.