Friday, July 1, 2022

Botswana looks to cloud computing

The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) seeks to utilise cloud computing in the near future to provide services to its start-up companies and willing tenants.

Cloud computing hosts content or applications in a central place for use by anyone around the globe.
“Cloud computing is very good technology, which has been around for a while, for example, Hotmail e-mail services is a cloud email service but cloud computing is now being taken to a next level whereby [Information and Communications Technology] ICT is being provided as a service which will end up making it a commodity,” says Dr. Geoffrey Seleka, Senior Director at BIH.

The ICT guru says the intention is to see how BIH can replicate cloud computing in a national setting without having to export or lose jobs to other countries.

Seleka will next month join executives from across Africa, as one of the key representatives at a conference in Johannesburg which is expected to focus radical changes in the fabric of data centres, cloud, modular, Data Centre Infrastructure Management.

“My presentation will focus mostly on the pros and cons of cloud computing and recommendations of how emerging Africa markets can implement it without harming their local economies,” he says.

Seleka says the country has made investments in West Africa Cable System (WACS) and Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) for international connectivity and also Nteletsa I/II locally.

“The infrastructure readiness index shows that we are doing well. Our main challenge is utilisation of such investments, for instance, bringing bandwidth to Batswana’s houses as well as developing local innovative relevant ICT systems/content which addresses Batswana challenges,” he says.

Speakers and experts at the conference are expected to complement insights from world class organisations and join forces to present an agenda dedicated to the transformative process that lies ahead towards a flexible computing environment.

That’s where the likes of Botswana Innovation (BIH) through its ICT Cluster Development come in by developing programmes which seek to attract innovative ICT companies, researchers and funding into the BIH Science and Technology Park in order to fuel ICT Growth, nurture relevant and innovative ICT related entrepreneurship, collaborate with reputable local and international ICT companies and institutions in order to develop content, skills and jobs and to facilitate ICT R&D collaboration amongst researches, public and private sector for commercialisation.

Since this conference focuses mainly on cloud computing – which is mainly hosting content or applications in a central place for use by anyone around the globe – the intention is to see how we can also replicate that in a national setting without having to export or lose jobs to other countries.

Cloud computing is very good technology which have been around for a while, for example, Hotmail email services is a cloud email service but cloud computing is now being taken to a next level whereby ICT is being provided as a service which will end up making it commodity.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper