South African businesses from enterprise to SMEs are beginning to see the benefits of cloud solutions.

This is thanks – in part – to the influx of globally recognised cloud service providers such as Azure landing in South Africa. This local accessibility removes much of the regulatory hassle and high costs associated with cloud migration.

There is however one more cog in the cloud solution machine that needs addressing – your internet connection.

This is where fibre as the edge over other solutions currently on the market. The capacity and speed offered by fibre, not to mention the option to have asynchronous upload and download speeds are hard to beat. Fibre can also lower your latency thanks to data literally moving at the speed of light.

Of course fibre does come with considerations as well. One major consideration to make is how your business gets its data to the cloud most effectively when first moving. This is where a firm such as Metrofibre Networx can assist.

The ISP and fibre infrastructure provider is able to offer its customers “burstable capacity”. What is that?

To explain it simply, Metrofibre can assign a business a beefy fibre connection for its initial cloud migration and then scale the service back as less data and capacity is required.

This allows a business to move large tranches of data without having to worry about overloading the system or slowing down processes.

With that having been said, you should be aware that cloud computing requires constant connectivity and that consideration should factor into the initial migration plans.

However, access to the cloud has numerous benefits including collaborative workforces, access to files from anywhere, better security through access controls and encryption, easier back-up and recovery, a lower total cost of ownership in terms of hardware and software deployment, upgrades and IT maintenance, savings and, well the list just goes on.

Metrofibre Networx is able to offer burstable capacity and more as it operates South Africa’s first globally compliant Carrier Ethernet 2.0 open access fibre network.

Through this network customer are able to connect to 60 cloud, app, voice, and internet service providers.

What’s more is the certification means that Metrofibre Networx abides by those standards which include reducing the time for fibre deployment.

There are many considerations to make when migrating to the cloud but connectivity should be front of mind because without a connection to the cloud, the benefits can’t really be seen.

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