4 The rise of South African companies offering their own cloud services

With South Africa’s special circumstances and the entrepreneurial bent of many of our people, it’s expected that the country will see a lot more businesses coming into being that make their money from the cloud.

Already, several local businesses have sprung up that do exactly that. Sure, they are often built on the back of cloud services offered by far bigger companies – the Microsofts, IBMs and Oracles of the world – but the point is they are, effectively, local.

They ensure local legislative compliance, thereby taking the inconvenience and responsibility for that away from the clients they serve, while assisting their clients with the cost, agility and performance benefits of cloud-based services. It also delivers annuity income as cloud-based services are subscription-based, but more importantly that revenue scales as the number of clients being served rises.

Tarsus On Demand, for instance, is one such Johannesburg-based company that offers its clients hosting, email, storage, security, productivity, mail, backup, virtual desktops and a range of Microsoft’s Azure services, all delivered via the cloud, at the cost of a monthly subscription.

2017 will continue to see more and more South African businesses popping up offering these cloud services to a local audience.

SA companies offering cloud services

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