South African companies will now be able to locally use Amazon Web Services Direct Connect to connect directly to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS Direct Connect will be available in South Africa through Teraco’s data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

AWS Direct Connect is a dedicated network connection that can be used by organizations to access all AWS services in any AWS Region globally.

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“AWS Direct Connect is an exciting addition to Teraco. Clients looking to build hybrid solutions with their dedicated IT infrastructures now have choice. Teraco offers immediate activation of secure connections from our clients to AWS. The value of these cloud computing options will also be seen in the different types of connections clients require,” said Lex van Wyk, CEO at Teraco.

Teraco’s is one of Afrika’s largest and only vendor-neutral colocation data centres. AWS Direct Connect is available at Teraco through physical cross connections in both the Johannesburg and Cape Town data centres and via Teraco Cloud Exchange.

“We have successfully built Africa’s largest Internet ecosystem, and we are excited to offer clients access to all levels within this now complete ecosystem, including content and cloud providers,” said Van Wyk.

Cloud computing is becoming an important part for South African organizations. This announcement by Teraco’s coupled with soon to be available Microsoft data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town will likely be welcome.

“Our data centres act as a true cloud hub, enabling interconnection between cloud service providers, their clients and channel partners making it attractive to those building and managing reliable and high-performance hybrid IT solutions. Thanks to our diverse and populated carrier community, our clients are provided with several choices,” concluded van Wyk.