South Africa has defined its name in computing as the first country in Africa to see a widespread introduction of cloud computing technology. The country has seen an influx of service providers in the form of cloud computing companies. These companies have come to design their solutions to cater to the critical African market as the last truly untapped computing market. This has seen wide scale investment into the setting up of cloud delivery facilities. If you ask any cloud computing company, they will tell you that they intend to roll out their cloud computing solutions for Africa from South Africa. This is because it has the best level of computing infrastructure on the continent.
In line with this introduction, it has become customary to get a cloud computing overview at events. Cloud computing is a technology that transforms computing from a product based platform into a service oriented consumer market. The idea behind this is that computing is easier and more efficiently delivered as a service rather than a product. The computing products are all virtualized on servers and delivered to the consumer market via the internet. This has aided the accessibility of computing resources. It has also significantly lowered the cost of cloud computing. This will make it the best way for the average consumer to access computing solutions. The consumer will be able to subscribe to computing services on a monthly or yearly basis. They will also be able to request the level of service that they need for their purposes. All of this will be billed on a pay per use basis. This will also act to keep the cost of computing quite low in the coming years.
In line with this cloud computing overview, the market has seen the adoption of these technologies on a slowly increasing basis. This is because the market while receptive has been a bit cautious about the overall viability of these products. They are, therefore, adopting them on a cautionary basis as they watch for nay intriguing developments. The intention is that once the South African companies see that these solutions are adequate and, in fact better than legacy solutions, they will then take up these services fully. The investment that computing developers are making in South Africa is set to pay off. This is because the rest of the market will seek to emulate the example of the market leaders down south.