As data centres rain down on South Africa, bringing numerous cloud computing providers to the region, businesses are facing the challenge of managing the new “multi-cloud” environment, while the providers wrestle with uncertain power supply in a power-hungry sector.

Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, NTT, Africa Data Centres and Huawei have all built major data centres, known as hyperscalers, in South Africa, while South Africa-based BCX and Teraco have dramatically increased capacity, as demand for cloud services grows relentlessly. This has led to the adoption of multi-cloud strategies as businesses seek to ensure they are protected from both power and cloud outages...

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