BCX, a prominent South African digital systems integrator and a subsidiary of the Telkom Group, has taken a leap forward in its mission to provide innovative technology solutions to businesses across Africa. At a press event last week, the company unveiled its Africa Local Public (ALP) Cloud offering, a new cloud service designed for the unique needs of South African businesses.
Tailoring cloud solutions to SA
Jonas Bogoshi, CEO at BCX, emphasises that the ALP Cloud offering brings world-class cloud computing services specifically tailored for the South African market. It addresses the growing demand for secure, scalable, and high-performance cloud solutions that meet the distinct requirements of South African businesses. The timing couldn’t be better, as South African enterprises seek innovative digital solutions to drive their competitiveness under increasingly challenging economic conditions.
As of 5 October 2023, South African businesses have access to secure and resilient cloud computing, storage, networking, and security services, boasting low latency and high efficiency, all provided by BCX’s ALP Cloud. Initially, this capacity will be available to enterprise clients, with plans for expansion based on specific client demands. BCX’s ALP Cloud service is powered by Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group, bringing robust global expertise to local businesses.
A welcome change
One standout feature of the ALP Cloud is BCX’s decision to bill its services in South African Rand. This departure from the international exchange rate-based pricing models employed by other local hyper-scalers offers a significant advantage.
The unpredictable exchange rate fluctuations often pose a challenge for South African businesses. Billing in the local currency ensures cost predictability, enabling businesses to effectively manage their cloud service expenses and avoid the volatility of international exchange rates.
BCX’s commitment to this pricing strategy reflects its dedication to supporting local businesses in an ever-changing economic landscape.
Prioritising data sovereignty and residency
BCX recognises the paramount importance of data sovereignty and residency within the South African context. Jan Bouwer, Chief Solutions Officer at BCX, explains that ALP Cloud ensures that all data stays within South Africa. This approach aligns with the National Data and Cloud Policy principles, promoting data sovereignty in the country and addressing compliance requirements.
ALP Cloud has been deployed in two data centres in South Africa, underscoring BCX’s commitment to keeping local data within African borders. Additionally, BCX plans to launch a third data centre in Cape Town and establish a disaster recovery data centre in one of South Africa’s neighbouring countries to mitigate the impact of load shedding.
Local approach, international standards
BCX’s emphasis on a local approach sets it apart. Dealing with a South African company like BCX ensures a more direct connection and support for local enterprises. As Bouwer notes, “The launch of ALP Cloud serves multiple purposes, one of which accentuates our dedication to maintaining a local presence.”
Furthermore, BCX combines global technology experience from Alibaba Cloud with local expertise to ensure that its service deployment meets international standards. This approach guarantees that South African businesses receive top-notch cloud solutions while enjoying the benefits of a local partner’s support and understanding of the local market.
Investing in local talent
BCX is not only providing cloud services but also contributing to the growth of local talent. The company is actively involved in upskilling the workforce for enterprises’ rising digital transformation demands. BCX extends training and certification opportunities to universities, equipping students with valuable skills in cloud services. This investment in education and skills development is vital for South Africa’s continued digital progress.
Is ALP Cloud a game-changer?
Not to overstate it, but BCX’s ALP Cloud service could be a game-changer for South African businesses. It not only addresses the growing demand for cloud solutions but also offers an innovative pricing model, prioritises data sovereignty, and supports local talent development.
Talk about ticking all the right boxes. For more information on ALP Cloud, check out the cloud section of BCX’s official website.
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