On Wednesday 6 March 2019 Microsoft Corporation announced the go-live of the new Microsoft Azure Data regions in Africa. On Sunday 10 March 2019 Microsoft CSP Reseller, Velvot Nigeria Limited took their first customer live on Azure in the new Data Region.
CSP Reseller: Velvot Limited Nigeria
CSP Provider: Dynamics Africa
Question: What industry is your customer in?
Answer: The customer is an investment corporation with thirteen subsidiaries in Investment & Stock broking; Agriculture; Energy; Microfinance; Distribution & Logistics and Supply Chain.
Question: What type of workloads did you activate in the new Azure region in Africa?
Answer: We activated a D-Series Virtual Machine in the new South Africa North data region together with Blob storage. The VM now manages two internal process flow applications as well as the customer’s external facing website.
Question: Tell us about the move to Azure for this customer
Answer: The process was very seamless. We did a server to server migration away from their previous hoster; we experienced ZERO downtime during the migration…it was a great experience!
Question: Let’s talk about speed – What is the latency you are experiencing accessing a local African Hyperscale Data region?
Answer: The speed is amazing. If we run latency tests we now access the African Data region at a rate of up to 200ms quicker than the European Data regions.
Question: If we look at costs, what were some of the cost benefits of moving into the African Azure Data Region?
Answer:For this customer, we opted for a Reserved Instance and as such, we are saving our customer in the region of between 30% – 40% when compared to the European Data Region pay as you go options.
Velvot Nigeria Limited