Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is coming to this side of the planet, the company has confirmed, with Azure datacentres opening in Joburg and Cape Town in 2018. Azure delivers more than 600 services, according to Wikipedia, but Xbox Live is probably the most important for gamers in South Africa because local pings are low pings. Lowcal pings? That’s so lowcal! Tarryn, stop trying to make “lowcal” happen. It’s not going to happen.
“We won’t put a stake in the ground about the actual latency performance until the datacentre is up and running. But we will say that lowered latency is definitely a benefit,” a Microsoft rep told htxt.
At the moment, an Xbox Live ping to a datacentre in Europe clocks at about 200ms or so, but a local server could drop that into under 10ms, depending on your internet connection type. This is a big deal for Gears of War‘s Gnasher. And, you know, everything else.
Azure will be the first major cloud computing platform launched on the continent, beating out even Google.
“We’re excited by the growing demand for cloud services in Africa and the ability of the cloud to act as a catalyst for new economic opportunities. By delivering the Microsoft Cloud from within Africa, cloud services ranging from intelligent collaboration to predictive analytics will spur entrepreneurship and innovation, fuel growth for businesses of all sizes, and enable government organisations to better serve the needs of their citizens,” says Scott Guthrie, executive VP of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, in the press stuff.
“This announcement brings us to 40 cloud regions around the world – more than any other cloud provider – and help organizations and people from Cairo to Cape Town accelerate their journey to cloud computing. This new investment is also major milestone in our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, part of our ongoing effort to create a cloud for global good.”