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How will Microsoft bring the cloud to South Africa?

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Orange clouds

I had the great pleasure of getting invited to Microsoft this morning for breakfast canapés and a glimpse into the future of the company in South Africa. It was really quite informative, but it was clear the topic on most people’s minds – when are we getting Azure servers in South Africa?

MD of Microsoft South Africa, Mteto Nyati, started by dashing our hopes when we asked:

There are no immediate plans to build data centers.

When COO, Zoaib Hoosen took the floor to discuss enterprises, the topic (yet again) turned to servers and the cloud. Microsoft is determined to pursue their new vision of “A Cloud on every device” – this is the update to that old “A PC on every desk and in every home”. With the push into the cloud, of course Microsoft needs to be able to support those services. You’ll be happy to know that even Nyati knew about the drama surrounding Titanfall. While he claimed that it was a once-off problem from EA, he understood the concern when I pointed out that an increasing number of games will want to take advantage of the cloud, and locals will miss out on those products.

While Microsoft was clear that they couldn’t announce anything at this time, they did acknowledge that pursuing their vision may require investment in the cloud locally. Of course, it’s important to consider “Cloud Economics” as Hoosen called it – it’s simply not practical/affordable to put data centers in every country. However, Microsoft is “investigating other solutions”.

What other solutions might we see? Obviously, it’s hard to predict – Microsoft has a way of surprising us. Could they end up renting out space in local data centers? Hard to tell, but it does appear that the cloud has become a top priority for local Microsoft – it’s not just about bringing us Titanfall, but also for businesses. I still believe that something will be done about this – the murmurs from business are consistent, and with growing demand from the gaming side (including casual gamers on mobile devices), Microsoft can’t ignore the situation, nor do they seem to want to.

Before you all ask, yes – I asked the Consumer Channel Group Director, Melanie Botha, about an exact release date and recommended retail price for the Xbox One (as well as the grilling about servers). Still no answer on that. We’ll keep asking.

Last Updated: April 15, 2014


  1. Admiral Chief in Space

    April 15, 2014 at 13:04



  2. Hammersteyn

    April 15, 2014 at 13:07

    With Muti


  3. ElimiNathan

    April 15, 2014 at 13:13

    Typical meeting. Come out with nothing more than you went in with


    • MakeItLegal

      April 15, 2014 at 16:14

      Couldn’t have said it better … After the article I still don’t know what’s plotting … So are we or are we not Gana get local servers ?


  4. Kensei Seraph

    April 15, 2014 at 13:15

    Giant fans.

    Also Zoe, how was the food?


    • Her Highness the Hipster

      April 15, 2014 at 13:16

      Really nice! they always put out well 😛


      • Kensei Seraph

        April 15, 2014 at 13:21

        Happy place, happy place, happy place, happy place.

        I have spent to much time on the internet.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 15, 2014 at 13:26



      • VampyreSquirrel

        April 15, 2014 at 13:39

        They do what? O.o


  5. Sophia Patel

    April 15, 2014 at 13:24

    Great. with multi


  6. Martin du preez

    April 15, 2014 at 13:45



  7. HvR

    April 15, 2014 at 13:46

    Phil Spencer will carry The Cloud in under his muscled arms while riding shirtless on a huge pink unicorn.


    • oVg Errorist

      April 15, 2014 at 14:10

      • HvR

        April 15, 2014 at 14:14

        Aaaaaargghhhhh, the song is in my brain!!!!


  8. Mossel

    April 15, 2014 at 14:00

    Those clouds looks like the ones from Vanilla Sky.


  9. oVg Errorist

    April 15, 2014 at 14:08

    Why do we need a cloud in the first place?
    I went console to play games without the hassle of the internet.

    They should just change the name from console to Personal Computer Multi Media HUB


  10. Maxiviper117

    April 15, 2014 at 19:14

    Probably be the same situation that SA faced with Xbox live.


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