April 25, 2023

The importance of business fibre in cloud computing for enterprises

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is being propelled by digital transformation, which is bringing about significant changes in the operations of both businesses and societies. Cloud computing, which provides scalable and flexible access to computing resources, is a critical component of this transformation. It facilitates the adoption of innovative technologies that can drive business growth.

The digital revolution is reliant on high-speed business fibre as its foundation. Fibre optic connections enable the rapid transmission of data enabling enterprises to facilitate remote work, leverage big data analytics and improve user experience.

Upgrade to the fibre network supports digitisation

Fibre connectivity stands out as the optimal choice for cloud computing due to its ability to provide a high-speed connection with increased bandwidth, low latency and superior reliability. This empowers businesses to effectively harness cloud-based applications and services to drive digital transformation.

In Kenya, a new generation of fibre optics is now available, enhancing high-speed intercontinental data transfers and delivering seamless connectivity. SEACOM joined the Equiano in early 2023, enhancing digital connectivity across the region.

With a massive capacity of 144 terabytes per second (Tbps), Equiano boosts the capacity of cloud computing, providing Kenyan enterprises with greater bandwidth and reduced latency. Companies that adopt digital transformation and utilise cloud computing can reap significant rewards from this new era of business fibre connectivity.

Benefits of fibre for digitisation

Fibre internet plays a vital role in supporting digital transformation. It supports remote teams and improves the customer experience by providing faster and more reliable internet connectivity. High-speed fibre lines significantly enhance the performance of big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

High-speed fibre becomes essential to drive successful digital transformation initiatives as more organisations transition these processes to the cloud. A major benefit of having a high-speed connection is the ability for organisations to quickly and efficiently transfer and access data.

With fibre connectivity, businesses experience much faster upload and download speeds than with traditional broadband. This facilitates smooth cloud computing operations and enables seamless data transfers.

Business fibre connectivity offers a substantial increase in bandwidth, which is a critical advantage for businesses that generate and process large volumes of data in real time. With fibre connectivity, enterprises can enjoy higher bandwidth capacities, enabling the use of more data-intensive applications and emerging technologies.

The Equiano cable supports around 20 times more networking capacity than previous options, which is crucial for the real-time communication aspect of cloud computing. Low latency and greater reliability are two interrelated advantages of business fibre connectivity.

Enterprise-grade fibre connections offer minimal delays in data transmission (low latency), enabling quicker response times and real-time interactions, while also providing robustness and stability (greater reliability). This ensures uninterrupted access to critical business data and resources.

Fibre connectivity is an ideal option for businesses seeking dependable and efficient cloud-based applications and services to support their digital transformation initiatives. The Equiano cable's advancements in fibre-optic technology have resulted in reduced latency speeds of less than 110 milliseconds between Kenya and Europe, offering local businesses improved access to international markets.

Best practices for leveraging business fibre connectivity

For cloud-based applications to function effectively, a robust scalable and secure infrastructure is required. Therefore IT teams should begin by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of their network requirements. This includes assessing factors such as bandwidth needs and scalability demands.

IT leaders can make informed decisions when selecting a fibre connectivity solution that aligns with their unique needs and goals by conducting a comprehensive assessment. This sets the foundation for a successful implementation of fibre connectivity for cloud computing and digital transformation.

After establishing the network requirements, teams should carefully choose the right fibre connectivity solution from various options available, including Direct Internet Access (DIA). Organisations must ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their cloud-based data in compliance with the law.

Service level agreements (SLAs) specify guaranteed uptimes and security protocols. To ensure a high-quality and secure service, it is essential to carefully review the fine print in SLAs before selecting a fibre provider.

Future trends and innovations in business connectivity for digital transformation

Digital transformation is no longer limited to businesses operating on fibre connectivity. Advancements such as 5G and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites have expanded the scope of improved connectivity to businesses across Kenya. In cases where fibre connections are not feasible due to low demand, 5G and satellite technologies offer a promising alternative.

For instance, banks can set up ATMs in remote locations, providing local communities with access to traditional banking services. Similarly, the mining industry can leverage the emergence of LEO satellite connectivity, particularly when operating in areas far from major cities.

If your enterprise needs connectivity solutions, including fibre optics, get in touch with SEACOM Business. For more information or to get a quote for our connectivity solutions, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

SEACOM owns Africa’s largest network of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, including fibre optic networks and subsea cables. We offer a wide range of industry-leading scalable ICT solutions for large companies that operate throughout the region.

SEACOM is privately owned - making it adaptable to the needs of the client. We are the preferred ICT and internet connectivity supplier for African enterprises. We can guarantee fast, reliable and secure internet and networking services at affordable prices.

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