SDN cloud connectivity provider IX Reach has announced its network expansion into East Africa in partnership with the award-winning Djibouti Data Centre.
IX Reach also offers remote peering and Ethernet services to more than 170 global locations.
The Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) has been selected as the strategic hub for IX Reach’s African expansion.
This is owing to its “excellent reputation and unique position as the first and only Tier 3 carrier neutral ecosystem in East Africa” with direct access to all major international and regional cable systems connecting Africa to Europe, Middle Eastern, and Asian markets.
“We are delighted to call Djibouti Data Centre a new Point of Presence (PoP) on our network,” said Simon Vye, CEO at IX Reach.
He added, “IX Reach is dedicated to increasing connectivity, collaboration and innovation as well as improving the range of services we provide to our customers.”
He said that this new partnership with DDC is key in continuing their vision of making their full portfolio of solutions including cloud connectivity just one cross connect away on the IX Reach network.
DDC tenants will be able to connect directly onto IX Reach’s global network giving access via a single port to over 50 Internet Exchanges and Direct Connect into the industry’s leading Cloud Service Providers.
Given the geographical importance of Djibouti, IX Reach will also be able to address markets in other African countries improving global connectivity and reach.
“We are very excited to have IX Reach join the carrier neutral DDC ecosystem, and to be enhancing the DDC’s available network footprint for our global customer base as well as Africa’s growing and emerging markets,” said Anthony Voscarides, CEO of the Djibouti Data Centre.
“In addition to the DDC’s market leading access in East Africa to international and regional fibre cable systems, the new IX Reach PoP will further enhance connectivity options to a diverse network of major Internet Exchange Points, cloud service providers, and data centres across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions.”
The expansion into a new continent continues to highlight IX Reach’s global ambitions and increased investment into its network and services.
This demonstrates its dedication to meeting the global challenges of increased data use driven by the growth of video streaming, content delivery, IoT, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.
With this new entry into the African Cloud market, predictions for big investments are already beginning to show in the promises the year has.
IX Reach is joining the likes of Huawei who already have its Public Cloud in South Africa to provide cloud services to all sub-Saharan African countries.
In 2017, Liquid Telecom announce that it had partnered with Microsoft through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme to deliver scalable and secure cloud services across Africa.
As an official CSP partner, Liquid Telecom would for the first time serve businesses of all sizes in Africa with cloud services and products.
The products and services included Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10.
According to Microsoft, AI will contribute up to USD 15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. This makes AI the biggest commercial opportunity in today’s fast-changing economy and IX Reach is diving into a market that is already getting crowded.
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