Cisco, in association with World Wide Worx, has released the findings from the Cloud in Africa:
The research shows that Cloud computing uptake is about to explode in Africa’s major economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the Cloud.
Key findings from the survey:
While South Africa currently leads the continent in Cloud uptake, it is about to be overtaken – dramatically – by Nigeria.
In 2013, 50% South African medium and large businesses are using Cloud services; while a slightly lower proportion – 48% – are using the Cloud in Kenya. Nigeria lag’s substantially behind, with only 36% of businesses there currently using the Cloud.
A significant 44% of Nigerian businesses say they will embrace the Cloud in the coming year, bringing the total in that country to 80% by the end of 2014. This compares to 24% of organisations in Kenya and only 16% in South Africa saying they will be taking up Cloud.
The survey showed that 57% of decision-makers across the three countries had high confidence in the security of the Cloud, while a further 34% were neutral – meaning they would wait and see, but were not negatively disposed towards it. Only 1 in 10 respondents did not trust security in the Cloud.
Cisco has also released the key findings of the third annual Cisco Global Cloud Index. Cisco forecasts that global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data centre traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017.
The Index also forecasts that through 2017, the Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate.