Cloud computing is taking over the world today and it’s not without reason. As computer system resources are now being shared through the internet, you get to save yourself a lot of unnecessary costs. Whether it’s storage, network, servers, softwares, computing power, or development tools, you can easily outsource from a service provider. Besides the reduced expenditure, cloud computing comes with the benefit of scalability, flexibility, anywhere accessibility and high security.
The South African market in particular is awash with cloud computing services due to the ongoing demand from users. The cloud companies offer these resources as a pay-as-you-go service. Based on the resource being provided, the services can be classified into three main groups as follows:
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
With IaaS, virtualized infrastructure is provided to and managed for companies, organizations or business by cloud providers. The infrastructure can include disc storage, data centers space, servers, computing power and connectivity. Some of the most common IaaS offerings are cloud backup, disaster recovery, internal networking, web hosting, and cloud monitoring.
Among the top cloud companies in South Africa in 2019 providing IaaS are
- Woza Africa,
- Register domains,
- Xneelo, and
- Vox telecom.
Platform as a service (PaaS)
When it comes to PaaS, cloud providers enable you develop and test your own applications using their operating system (OS) and other development tools. You get to install and host data sets and business analytics apps using the platform provided.
The top South African PaaS cloud companies in 2019 include
- Oracle South Africa,
- Siatik systems,
- IndigoCube and
- Fujitsu Cloud Solutions.
Software as a service (SaaS)
SaaS builds on both IaaS and PaaS. You get an entire software suite delivered through the internet. That means you don’t need to download and install an application to your device. As long as you have the internet, you can access the software anywhere and from almost any device.
Top SaaS cloud companies in South Africa in 2019.
- Dimension Data
- EOH Cloud Services
- Libryo, and