Liquid Telecom introduces Azure Stack service in East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya has rolled out a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that would enable a change in cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.

The multinational telco stated the new Azure Stack service will enable companies to run a private Microsoft cloud within East Africa, rather than at one of Microsoft’s 54 public data centers located outside the region.

The company further declared, “This means users benefit from the cutting-edge security protocols developed and run by Microsoft on its cloud platforms, while holding their data locally, which makes data uploading faster for databases that can be as large as one terabyte or more.”

The service is accessible across East Africa and hosted in private cloud nodes in Kenya and Tanzania, which, as Liquid explains, makes it possible to reproduce databases at different locations to increase consistency and flexibility.

The Group Head of Cloud Services of Liquid Telecom Group, Winston Ritson, said, “The data transmission time to Europe is around 200 milliseconds, and for the closest Microsoft cloud server, in South Africa, 55 milliseconds. But the new Azure Stacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam will mean data transfer speeds of less than 20 milliseconds for all users within East Africa. Microsoft spends some $1bn a year on ensuring the security of its Azure platforms. This is a scale of spend and professional attention that companies cannot match or surpass in securing their data.”

Adil El Youssefi, CEO East Africa, Liquid Telecom, concluded, “Developing the Azure Stack in East Africa has required intensive development and co-operation between Liquid Telecom and Microsoft. However, we believe that in offering a now unequalled level of cybersecurity, it has delivered yet another vital pillar to the economic development of Kenya and East Africa.”