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Vodacom launches Africa’s first Amazon Web Services Outposts Innovation Lab

Vodacom, has launched Africa’s first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts Innovation Lab in collaboration with AWS and Intel. The laboratory will focus on accelerating technology innovations across different industries, delivering faster scalability, and creating the opportunity to use infrastructure and technologies to solve business challenges.

The laboratory is expected to help enterprise and public sector customers of Vodacom Business to accelerate their digital transformation journey by building, managing, and scaling their local applications using AWS services and tools.

The long term impact of the laboratory is that customers will, through the use of new technologies, be able to save time and money in how they run their businesses, as well as create enhanced experiences for their own customers. Vodacom’s customers can now reach out to Vodacom to validate their hybrid use cases and test their workloads on AWS Outposts before deploying them in production.

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The laboratory is located in Johannesburg and will serve as a Proof of Concept (POC) setup for customers to test their applications and environment for performance on AWS Outposts. Intel-powered AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that is designed to provide AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to virtually any on-premises or edge location. It enables the running of applications that have low latency, data residency, and local data processing needs on premises, while reducing the time, resources, and operational risk required to procure, manage, and upgrade on-premises infrastructure.

Vodacom Business Managing Executive for Cloud, Hosting & Security, Kabelo Makwane says, “We are extremely proud to collaborate with AWS in rolling out AWS Outposts on the continent. This is testament to the AWS managed cloud professional services capability Vodacom Business has amassed over the last few years, together with our world class tier certified datacentres that meet AWS’s high global standards. This offering represents a great opportunity to meet our customers’ demands for AWS hybrid cloud on and off-premises—often a barrier to cloud adoption in more regulated industries where privacy and control of sensitive data and information are important considerations.”

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AWS Outposts, powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors, offer the same Amazon EC2 infrastructure-as-a-service on the edge as in the cloud. With consistent, low-latency edge infrastructure, your on-premises applications running on AWS Outposts can be seamlessly migrated to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and back and therefore, allow you to place your workloads securely where they perform the best—from edge to cloud.

Intel is working with AWS to promote the laboratory’s offering and Vodacom leverages its position as an APN member to test and deliver the migration to AWS Outposts.

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Milcah Lukhanyu
Milcah Lukhanyu
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