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Future clouds to outrun data centers

Cloud computing will put most of the IT departments out of business if the market matures enough to understand it. Many companies in East Africa are growing and investing on big data centers. However these data storage resources may at some point less used as CIOs figure out how to relay on applications running in the cloud.

It seems like an overstatement! Right. Possibilities of this happening in future are high, especially at the rate at which technology is being consumed for example in Kenya by different sectors including the government. As gloomy as the name suggests, cloud computing technology is slowly gaining interest among CIOs to reduce power costs, and data storage space.

Slowly the market will learn to understand that cloud is the "next big thing" and has always been over the last 30 years in computing.File It Africa saw the sense to introduce the cloud concept locally, they have launched their cloud services in Kenya to help SMEs and individuals store, manage and share their data. The company has had over 250 individuals test the platform via their website since they went live two weeks ago in Kenya.

At the launch, Hon. James Rege-Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Information and Telecommunication- stated the need for legislation protecting digital data as Kenya is becoming the ICT hub in the region. He said that SMEs and professionals are particularly in need of affordable safe data storage, as they become increasingly dependent on digital data, and are more and more vulnerable to business data loss.

The conventional methods of backup -- CDs, flash disks and external hard drives- are all prone to damage, loss and malfunctioning. Many have lost data and are urgently looking for long term solutions that are affordable and hassle free. File It Africa software is specifically designed for such users. The software is very easy to use. Once connected to internet, the software automatically backs up any files that are new or modified. The user-friendly software provides excellent security features.

Data is secured through the use of SSL certificate (ensuring a secure internet connection), 448 bit encryption which is similar to what banks use, and storage under RAID5 protocol, in several mirrored servers located in Europe, well away from one's own premises. In case of data loss, subscribers can find all their data in the cloud: with minimal business interruption, all data can be recovered quickly and the cost of recovery is negligible.

Various vendors may use cloud computing differently for example IBM perceives the cloud as a storage platform of massive customer data in space, Salesforce.com spins it much of software as a service (SaaS). File It Africa, uses this grid computing technology to manage user data automatically from their PCs and cover those who live on their external and thumb drives.

Enabling technologies, like availability of fiber in the country has encouraged hosting of clouds. This because of enough bandwidth and high internet speeds that provide connections to back up data in these clouds and a wide spread of virtualized servers.

File It Africa sitting at the provider level has a goal of dynamically assigning storage space as the client data grows, this approach helps them maximize their resources and provide space on the fly for SMEs and individuals. The big achievement of cloud computing whether it is Microsoft's', IBM or Amazon is to be highly scalable.


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