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Yesterday at the .NET user group meeting in Kampala Uganda  I gave a talk on cloud computing with Windows Azure  (details will be in my next blog post).

The guys were excited. Without owning they own inftrastucture and at low cost they can build scalable , highly available applications.

Not quite.

Azure accounts are only available to people in particular countries - none from Africa.

I attended PDC in 2008 when Microsoft unleashed Windows Azure.

One of the case studies to show the benefits ofr cloud computing was a project in Africa for an education service in Ethiopia. The point they where making was that the cloud was perfect for scenarios where computing infrastructure is not sophiscated, like Ethiopia.

Perfect , i thought.

So i got my beta account from PDC and started playing around in the cloud. Then Azure goes live , my beta account does not work any more and I cant pay because am from Uganda.

Microsoft , this sucks.

I dont know the reasons for Microsoft doing this, but am sure we can work out something.

We in Africa need the cloud more than anybody else in the world. Setting up data centers that are higly scalable and available for our startups is not an option we have. But we also cant pay for cloud computing with Microsoft. Microsoft, we know we are a tiny insigficant market for a company your size, but you excluding us only continues to widen the digital divide.

Microsoft , how about you have a reseller model for cloud computing. Instead of trying to deal direclty with each client you have local partners who help you sell and bill your cloud services. I think that would lead to Windows Azure being available in Africa. I can help you resell in Uganda.

Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 3:00 AM Services , Windows Azure , Cloud Computing , Africa , .NET User Group Meeting , Uganda | Back to top


Comments on this post: Rant - Why is Windows Azure not available in Africa?

# re: Rant - Why is Windows Azure not available in Africa?
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Hey, thanks for the post.

I am just as frustrated about not having azure in Africa since I live in South Africa, but it isn't a Microsoft issue but more an infrastrucutre issue. There simply is not enough stable bandwidth coming into the continent to provide a reliable service. If you look at this, typically this is politically based and is extremely frustrating.

I believe though that at the last Microsoft meeting I attended they said it was scheduled to come out mid 2012 so keep hoping. In the meantime, you can always make a fake account from a country that does qualify for Azure?
Left by Mark Pearl on Jan 30, 2011 5:46 PM

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Microsoft is like the desk clerk at the hotel that offers you coffee and then tells you that they are all out. Africa would've been my first implementation due to lack of hardware resources.
Left by Louis Young on May 16, 2012 11:47 PM

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It is 2017 and still there is no a single Azure data center in Africa. I don't think bandwidth is an issue anymore in certain countries in Africa. Like in Ethiopia the infrastructure is growing rapidly in major cities and few international companies are running their business from there so why not Azure have data center over there? or in any ware in Africa till now?
Left by Kasaye on Mar 30, 2017 9:42 AM

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