“The Azure stack brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to businesses”
By: Yinka Okeowo
As businesses in Nigeria continue to find more effective ways to drive down their running costs, whilst improving profitability, Signal Alliance, Microsoft and Cisco have joined forces to deliver the Azure Stack solution, an innovative hybrid cloud computing solution designed to help organizations deliver their various services efficiently from their own data centers.
Speaking at the workshop, Signal Alliance Azure Practice Lead, Uche Nwaukwa, said, “Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure, which brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments.”
The workshop had the Cisco Country General Manager, Kunle Oloruntimehin; Microsoft Business Lead, Cloud, Wale Olokodana; Signal Alliance Technology Director, Yinka Ntia; Microsoft Cross Industry Senior Territory Executive, Sophia Sankey in attendance. Also present at the event were top business executives from selected organizations in the banking, insurance, telecoms, and oils & gas sectors.
Workshop participants were shown how Azure Stack can enable businesses and Government agencies leverage cloud capabilities and still maintain regulatory requirements around data residency, including Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliance.
Furthermore, there was a demonstration of how the solution serves as a hybrid cloud computing platform for edge and disconnected scenarios which address latency and connectivity issues, including simple and easy-to-use analytics.
While speaking on development, the Head of Platforms & Applications, Signal Alliance, Sikiru Abass, said it enables organizations to build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments, balancing the right amount of flexibility and control.
Moreover, with Azure Stack, developers can speed up new cloud application development by building on application components from the Azure Marketplace, including open source tools and technologies.
With this consistent cloud platform, organizations can confidently make technology decisions based on business requirements, rather than business decisions based on technology complications.
Azure Stack is an integrated solution made up of software and hardware components. Microsoft owns the software, while Cisco and other approved vendors support with their proprietary hardware.
Signal Alliance acts as the partner delivering the solution and providing support for user organizations in Nigeria.
*Signal Alliance Azure Stack Business Workshop (l-r): Uche Nwaukwa, Signal Alliance Azure Practice Lead; Sophia Sankey, Microsoft Cross Industry Senior Territory Executive; Kunle Oloruntimehin, Cisco Country General manager; Ifeanyi Aneke, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect and Sikiru Abass, Signal Alliance Head of Platforms & Applications