Business Intelligence for Data Deployment Comes to Africa

For many businesses, the adoption of data analytics and BI solutions has become a necessity to handle increasing amounts of big data. Some African companies may delay this implementation due to concerns about regional cloud deployment and local data sourcing.

Fortunately, deploying business intelligence solutions closer to the company’s data sources located on the continent is now a reality. Businesses using Power BI as their intelligence tool are now able to deploy the solution as closely as possible to their data sources, either in the Azure cloud or on-premises, right here in the African region.

Previously, Power BI had 18 international regions in the global public cloud, aside from other national clouds. African customers deploying the Power BI solution had to rely on one of these cloud centres located outside the continent.

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The new African deployment region – located in Johannesburg – is encouraging news for those vendors and organisations who continuously need to rely on a faster performance of data refresh, processing and analysis, as well as moving large amounts of data in the cloud.

The proximity of the data analysis deployment solutions to the data sourcing means that many African companies can now enjoy lower networking costs and faster data management in the cloud.

Thankfully, there is no need anymore to access the Azure cloud with Power BI through international data centres. New customers will be automatically routed to their closest regions; in this case, the African centre. However, public cloud customers can still leverage additional regions via the multi-geo support in the Power BI premium solution.

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