The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region went are living in April 2020.
However, many South African firms have made the headlines not too long ago after struggling information breaches that have uncovered information of hundreds of thousands of other people.
Data breaches in South Africa were highlighted via the rustic’s Information Regulator who has been quoted in native media as announcing within the closing 4 months, the regulator has recorded 25 information breaches, 19 of that have been self-reported.
South Africa’s information privateness legislation, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is ready to be operational in July 2021. When the POPIA is in pressure, companies that do not comply can face critical consequences.
The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region got here at an opportune time as maximum organisations are dashing to verify that they are going to no longer be discovered short of when POPIA kicks in.
Prabashni Naidoo, Director of AWS South Africa, says the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region has 3 Availability Zones. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones, which every contain of a number of information centres and are positioned in separate and distinct geographic places with sufficient distance to noticeably scale back the danger of a unmarried match impacting industry continuity, but close to sufficient to supply low latency for top availability packages, she explains.
Each Availability Zone has unbiased energy, cooling, and bodily safety and is attached by means of redundant, ultra-low-latency networking.
Naidoo notes that AWS shoppers all in favour of prime availability can design their packages to run in a couple of Availability Zones to reach even higher fault-tolerance. “This mean that the Availability Zones in the Cape Town Region are equipped with back-up power to ensure continuous and reliable power availability to maintain operations during electrical failures and loadshedding in the country,” she says.
Secure cloud computing
On the safety entrance, Naidoo says AWS has been architected to be essentially the most versatile and protected cloud computing atmosphere to be had nowadays.
“Our core infrastructure is built to satisfy the security requirements for military, global banks, and other high-sensitivity organisations,” she says.
She issues out that that is subsidized via a deep set of cloud safety gear, with 230 safety compliance and governance services and products and key options.
Moreover, she provides, AWS helps 85 safety requirements and compliance certificate and all 117 AWS services and products that retailer buyer information be offering the power to encrypt that information.
“With the AWS Africa Region now being in South Africa, customers now have access to AWS’s industry leading, and robust security technology and services. AWS infrastructure regions meet the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.”
Naidoo additionally issues out that with the AWS Africa Region, shoppers with information residency necessities, and the ones having a look to agree to POPIA, can now retailer their content material in South Africa with the reassurance that they keep whole possession in their information and it’s going to no longer transfer except they select to transport it.
“Additionally, AWS is vigilant about our customers’ privacy and have implemented sophisticated technical and physical measures to prevent unauthorised access. We have a world-class team of security experts monitoring our systems 24/7 to protect customer content.
“It’s also important to point out that customers can choose to encrypt their content as part of a standard security process for highly sensitive content. AWS provides tools customers can use to encrypt their data at rest or in motion, or customers can choose from a number of supported third party security solutions. Content that has been encrypted is rendered useless without the applicable decryption keys.”
Using AWS, organisations will achieve the keep an eye on and self assurance they wish to securely run their industry with essentially the most versatile and protected cloud computing atmosphere to be had nowadays.
For AWS shoppers, Naidoo says, organisations will have the benefit of AWS information centres and a community architected to offer protection to their data, identities, packages, and gadgets.
“With AWS, they can improve their ability to meet core security and compliance requirements, such as data locality, protection, and confidentiality with AWS’s comprehensive services and features.
Besides providing top security, compliance and data protect protection, AWS Africa Region is helping South African companies – large and small – to innovate.
Says Naidoo: “The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region enables customers to build on AWS technologies that weren’t previously available in country. Customers across the country now have access to advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile services, and more.”
She notes that the Region additionally brings advantages comparable to scalability and the power to unexpectedly experiment. “One of the benefits customers love about AWS is the ability to rapidly experiment, at low cost. Through using AWS, developers are able to test new ideas without any upfront payment or long-term commitment. Another benefit customer’s love about AWS is the ability to rapidly scale their businesses, Naidoo says, pointing out that a good example is TymeBank, South Africa’s first, digital retail bank.
“The bank is ‘all in’ on AWS, leveraging a vast number of AWS services to create a smooth, paperless, rewarding and free banking experience for millions of South Africans. TymeBank is innovating on the AWS Cloud, and relies on its advanced technology to rapidly and securely scale to support over 100 000 new customers per month.”
According to Naidoo, AWS has helped the financial institution to reach constant buyer and realise price financial savings of 44 p.c on its IT invoice since putting in the financial institution in 2018.
“Additionally, having an AWS Region in South Africa provides the bank with performance, security, reliability and availability it needs to be Africa’s largest exclusively digital bank.”
The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region is right here to lend a hand organisations in South Africa and the continent unencumber new alternatives, scale and unexpectedly innovate, Naidoo concludes.