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Cloud computing has become a highly demanded service. More and more businesses are embracing Cloud Centres as an integral part of their Business Intelligence (BI).

Cloud Services helps them to monitor trends and respond quickly to market changes. Add to this the prospect of reduced IT and data management costs, faster deployment times and increased flexibility as business needs change and you have a winning formula.

The main selling points of Cloud Centre based management services are that they can accelerate technology deployments as well as reduce capital expenditures and system maintenance costs for SMEs and Big Business alike.

Cloud traffic in the Middle East and Africa will quadruple by 2020, according to recent studies. Personal cloud storage, public cloud services, denser private cloud workloads and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are among the key drivers of growth.

It is forecasts that by 2020 as much as 83 per cent of all MEA data centre traffic will come from the cloud. The Middle East and Africa region is expected to have the highest cloud traffic growth rate at 41 per cent by 2020. This growth and increasing transition to cloud services is driven by a number of factors, including the personal cloud demands of an increasing number of mobile devices, and the rapid growth in popularity of public cloud services for business. Cisco said the growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections also has the potential to drive more cloud traffic in the future.

IoT driving Cloud Expansion

Studies predict that the Internet of Everything (IoE) will also have a significant impact on data centre and cloud traffic growth. Though today only a small portion of this content is stored in data centres, this is likely to change as the application demand and uses of big data analytics evolves.  New technologies such as SDN and NFV are also expected to streamline data centre traffic flows, meaning traffic volumes reaching the highest tier (core) of the data centre may fall below 10.4 ZB per year and lower data center tiers could carry over 40 ZB of traffic per year.

South African enterprise and government organisations are moving from test environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads, while at the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere. This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem

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Omniverse Cloud Hosting

Synertec Omniverse allows its clients to avoid high upfront infrastructure costs by providing access to our series of high end Tier-4 data centres across the country and across the African continent. When it comes to data management, we are seeing increased numbers of clients moving to cloud technologies as a preferred alternative to traditional on-premises sollutions. 

Using Omniverse, our clients can focus on the projects that differentiate their businesses, get their applications up and running faster, and with our improved manageability they spend less time on maintenance.  Synertec Omniverse also enables IT to more rapidly adjust available resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand. 


IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) refers to online services that abstract the user from the details of infrastructure like physical computing resources, location, data partitioning, scaling, security, backup etc. A typical hypervisor runs the virtual machines as guests. Pools of hypervisors within the cloud operational system can support large numbers of virtual machines and the ability to scale services up and down.
Omniverse runs isolated Linux containers as partitions of a single Linux kernel running directly on the physical hardware. This method offers significantly higher performance than virtualization, because there is no hypervisor overhead. Also, container capacity auto-scales dynamically with computing load, which eliminates the problem of over-provisioning and enables exact usage-based billing.  

PaaS

Platform as a Service

Omniverse PaaS offers a development environment where developers can develop and run their software solutions on a cloud platform without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software layers. Our underlying computer and storage resources scale automatically to match application demand, providing a real-time cloud environment. We offer PaaS in three flavours: 


PaaS
Platform as a Service 


iPaaS
Integration Platform as a Service


dPaaS
Data Platform as a Service

PaaS gives businesses the potential to reduce its operational costs by outsourcing platform maintenance and support overheads.

SaaS

Software as a Service

SaaS (also referred to as "on-demand software") is usually where cloud users gain access to application software and databases. In the SaaS model, software is installed as application software in the cloud and cloud users access the software from cloud clients. This eliminates the need to install and run the application on the cloud user's own computers, which simplifies maintenance and support.

Cloud applications differ from other applications in their scalability, which can be achieved by cloning tasks onto multiple virtual machines at run-time to meet changing work demand. Load balancers distribute the work over the set of virtual machines. This process is transparent to the cloud user, who sees only a single access-point. 



DRaaS

Disaster Recovery as a Service

Conventional disaster recovery has been a tough sell when it comes to small and medium-sized businesses because they can't always afford to pay for what-if scenarios. But because of the upfront cost savings of Disaster Recovery cloud Services, DRaaS is starting to become an attractive alternative for SMBs.

DRaaS via the Internet can significantly reduce downtime as opposed to first transferring everything needed for DR and business continuity from offsite storage (or other storage sources) back to the corporate data center.

Furthermore, integrating DRaaS with services such as SaaS and PaaS means users can be switched to a redundant cloud resource while primary resources are recovered, making system failures virtually transparent.  


Cloud for Government

Cloud is having a transformational effect on government. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the United States uses Cloud Services to ‘analyse and store approximately 30 billion market events every day, saving some $10m-$20m through the move to the cloud.’
According to the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015 (GITR), sponsored by Cisco, which measures the relative capacity of 143 economies to leverage ICTs for growth and economic and social transformation, South Africa dropped five places to 75th in terms of the report’s Networked Readiness assessment. Networked readiness is a crucial indicator of a country’s ability to implement and take full advantage of ICTs. 

African countries have the opportunity to realise great benefits by increasing its investments in the information and communications technologies (ICTs) infrastructure, which will ultimately drive the country’s social and economic transformation. Societal and economic transformation will happen through embracing the Internet of Everything (IoE), the connections between people, process, data and things, to create unprecedented opportunities for South African citizens as well as the public and private sectors. In order to embrace the IoE, the South African government and businesses must be fully digitised, supported by a highly robust and secure network. Becoming digital requires an agile IT model, and the ability to rethink core processes for the digital era. Embracing new security, cloud, mobile, social and analytics technologies required to fully digitize takes imagination, investment and expertise. 
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Beyond Cloud

Moving beyond cloud for collaboration and into data-intensive research, we see a number of examples of cloud services being used for high performance computing and big data. For example, Mount Sinai Hospital is using Cloud Services to mine more than 2,000 breast and ovarian tumour and germline DNA sequences (100 terabytes of data), generated by The Cancer Genome Atlas consortium.
The American charity Autism Speaks recently collaborated with Google as part of its AUT10K programme to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks is uploading over 100 terabytes of genome data to the Google Genomics cloud workbench.

We also see that cloud technologies for high performance computing and big data have started to be adopted by industry for R&D and as the basis for new products.

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Philips used Cloud-Web Services to build its HealthSuite platform. This platform gives healthcare providers actionable insights by processing 15 petabytes of patient data gathered from 390 million imaging studies, medical records, and patient inputs. 

Cloud computing is well suited to internet of things applications, such as the Global Cloud Forest Sensing project using Cloud Servers to manage and process data from hundreds of data sources.

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