Microsoft launches cloud-based service in Nigeria with MainOne

Microsoft has entered into partnership with MainOne to launch a cloud-based computing service in Nigeria.

The new service will use Microsoft Azure’s infrastructure, which offers flexible cloud services on a pay-as-you-go basis. The two companies have combined to form MDX-i Cloud Services and clients will be able to take advantage of services such as storage, memory, security systems and CPU. MDX-i has a data centre in Lagos, from where it will be running its services.

During a press conference held to announce the new cloud platform, the business development executive for MDX-i, Rob Lever, said that this is a cost-effective alternative to in-house services. The new platform will include managed virtual data centres and virtual private servers.

Mr Lever added that companies are interested in moving to cloud computing due to the flexibility it offers and the cost savings that can be made by not having to put their own hardware and software into place.

The managing director of Microsoft in Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane, said that the partnership brings expertise in Microsoft technology and the needs of the customers so that individual requirements can be taken into consideration to offer a customised service. The first customer to take advantage of this partnership, PCL Mobisafe, said that it chose the service due to its solid reputation for quality.

The partnership says that it will offer a full IT service, including SaaS and PaaS.