The inaugural MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference kicked off at the Gallagher Convention Centre on 9 June, bringing the South African cloud and hosting industry together to discuss the field and share ideas on how to move the market forward.
The conference attracted South Africa’s top cloud and hosting executives, including Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo, Dimension Data’s GM for Cloud Grant Morgan, and Nick Toozs-Hobson – vice president for Cloud and Services at Hitachi Data Systems.
Other speakers include Amazon Web Services’s Michael Needham, Ian Jansen Van Rensburg from VMWare, Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani, Vodacom’s Nkosi Kumalo, Sensepost CTO Dominic White, NAPAfrica’s Michele McCann, and energy expert Chris Yelland.
A live stream of the event was provided by Traffic, and can be viewed on YouTube.
Hundreds of cloud and hosting executives, IT professionals, and business owners attended the conference.
The 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference was made possible by the generous sponsorship from some of South Africa’s top companies.
Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems offers best-in-class information technologies, services, and solutions that give its clients compelling return on investment, unmatched return on assets, and demonstrable business impact.
Hitachi Data Systems is the Diamond Sponsor for the event, and Nick Toozs-Hobson – vice president for Cloud and Services at Hitachi Data Systems in EMEA – discussed their latest innovations at the conference.
Vodacom operates in five countries – South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Its subsidiarity Vodacom Business offers a wide range of cloud and hosting services to business clients, and operates some of the best hosting facilities on the continent.
Vodacom is the Titanium Sponsor of the conference, and Nkosi Kumalo – Executive Head of Product Division: Cloud Computing at Vodacom – discussed the latest developments in the field.
CipherWave is taking IT to the next level by revolutionising the conventional data centre offering on the African continent. The company has a customer-centric approach, owns high-end servers, and operates brick and mortar infrastructures. The company also owns a Category 5 Data Vault, which provides peace of mind and security of your mission-critical data and infrastructure.
Tarsus Cloud on Demand
Tarsus Cloud on Demand is a South African Cloud Vendor and Hybrid Cloud Enablement Partner offering a platform, complementary applications, and solutions to assist clients with embracing the benefits of cloud technology easily and in the most cost-effective manner.
Disaster Recovery South Africa
Disaster Recovery South Africa was launched in June 2007 with the primary aim of providing offsite Disaster Recovery services and Office Recovery facilities to small and medium-sized businesses. The majority of these businesses include Financial Services organisations that are currently under pressure from the Financial Services Board and Auditors to ensure that they comply with the Corporate Governance Legislation in this respect.
Pamoja is a new technology company focused on bringing Cloud computing to Africa through the creation of market-related Cloud services. SEACOM incorporated Pamoja in September 2011 as a Value Added Services business unit and strategic arm leading SEACOM’s entry into content aggregation and the associated Cloud-computing services.
Mint is a Microsoft exclusive Information, Communication, and Technology business partner consisting of two operating entities – Mint Consulting and Mint Mobility. Mint Consulting provides solutions based on world-class technology that targets Business Efficiency and Accuracy through the provision of products and solutions, assisting companies from a process and technology perspective.
J2 Software is a dynamic, leading African ICT business. Its solutions and services ensure that you are able to leverage technology to reduce risk, improve compliance, cut costs, and keep control. They allow you to keep your most valuable asset: information.
BizTech is an innovative cloud technology company with a long-standing reputation of meeting and exceeding customer requirements. BizTech takes pride in the fact that they live by their own system. The RUBIQ technology is the BizTech enterprise GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) business management system that they use, internally within BizTech, to address strategy and drive the attainment of their objectives and performance targets.
XDSL is an Internet Solution Provider with a difference, delivering dynamic solutions with the expertise you require and levels of service you deserve. They have developed strong relationships with carefully selected vendors and Tier 1 carriers, and a formidable network of business partners, which enables them to offer customers enhanced solutions that other ISPs simply cannot match.
DARTCOM is a specialist distributor of Radio Frequency, Fibre Optic communications components, sub systems, accessories, and Wire and Cable Power Systems. Over the years, Dartcom has progressively expanded its product base and has recently added a whole range of telecommunication access and termination equipment as well outside plant hardware and software systems.
DNS is comprised of a specialised team of domain name industry experts dedicated to assisting registries in providing the most professional and efficient services to their customers, with its roots in Africa and its aspirations on the world. DNS provides a multitude of products for both Registries, Registrars and Enterprise customers with tailor made, turnkey solutions.
ZA Central Registry
The ZA Central Registry, is the Registry Operator for the CO.ZA Internet Domain Name Space. The ZA Central Registry, formerly known as UniForum SA, was established as a non-profit organisation in 1988 by a group of end users, developers, and vendors who cooperated to form a professional association that would promote and exchange information on open systems.
Iconisol is a young and vibrant private company with 35 years’ cumulative experience in the IT industry. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are a SAP certified value-added reseller focusing on the SAP Business One solution in which they have over 15 years’ collective experience.
SEACOM was established in 2007 by a group of African investors with the objective of bringing the global Internet to Africa. Two years later, SEACOM launched the first broadband submarine cable system along the East African coastline linking South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique with major Internet connection hubs in Europe and Asia. Today, SEACOM has evolved from being a single cable operator into Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler.
ContinuitySA provides a variety of hosting solutions, ranging from co-located to fully managed virtualised environments, with their primary focus being to ensure their clients are able to address the resilience and recoverability of their IT services. Their hosting services are complemented by managed backup and recovery services, virtual server replication and high availability solutions to satisfy any level of continuity requirement.
Triple H IT Solutions
Triple H IT Solutions is a virtualization and consolidation consultancy organisation with expert advice on Distributed Enterprise, Tiering, Archiving and advanced Data protection. They offer expert advice on private, public and hybrid cloud solutions as well as hosted enterprise, backup and recovery specialized services and advice.
Vox Telecom Limited is a leading telecoms operator, providing voice, data and collaboration services to the southern African market. The Group competes in both the business and consumer sectors and has primary offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Vox Telecom, established in 1998, has established itself as one of the major players in the telecoms market and is one of the largest black-owned telecommunications companies in South Africa.
By consistently delivering excellent service and cost effective web hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and custom hosting solutions, Hetzner South Africa has exponentially grown its market share, currently hosting over 250, 000 active domains – making it the leading web hosting company in South Africa. Inspired by the brand promise ‘Trusted in Hosting’, they focus on providing efficient, sustainable business models, quality service and customer satisfaction.
WestconGroup Southern Africa, is a subsidiary of the global WestconGroup, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data centre, security, software and mobility solutions. Today they are widely considered a leading value-added distributor of technology and converged communications solutions for the enterprise, SMB and consumer markets, in South Africa and across the SADC region.
BitCo provides innovative Internet, Voice and Connectivity solutions for your business and home. Their 99% service guarantee means you are always connected. They believe in providing you with quality service while allowing for scalable pricing options to suit your business or home requirements.
Teraco is the first provider of resilient, vendor neutral data environments in South Africa. Clients benefit from the cost savings and improved resilience of securely housing their information systems and networking equipment in a colocation facility purpose-built and operated to global best practice by an expert organisation with an absolute focus on data centre technology and infrastructure.
FibreCo is an independent fibre network operator offering bespoke high-capacity, data transmission solutions for operators, service providers and enterprises nationwide. Whether clients require scalable connectivity or to own their own fibre network, FibreCo’s flexible upgrade path and tailored solutions allow clients the economic and technological freedom to develop their network as their business grows.
This article was published in partnership with MyBroadband.