Vodacom, the South Africa-based connectivity, digital and financial services company, has announced the launch of Africa's first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts Innovation Lab in collaboration with AWS and Intel.
According to a statement from the South African telco, the laboratory will focus on accelerating technology innovations across different industries, delivering faster scalability, and creating the opportunity to use infrastructure and technologies to solve business challenges.
Vodacom said that the laboratory is expected to help enterprise and public sector customers of Vodacom Business to accelerate their digital transformation journey by building, managing, and scaling their local applications using AWS services and tools.
The long-term impact of the laboratory is that customers will, through the use of new technologies, be able to save time and money in how they run their businesses, as well as create enhanced experiences for their own customers, the company added. Vodacom's customers can now reach out to Vodacom to validate their hybrid use cases and test their workloads on AWS Outposts before deploying them in production.
The laboratory, located in Johannesburg, will serve as a Proof of Concept (POC) setup for customers to test their applications and environment for performance on AWS Outposts.
"Intel-powered AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that is designed to provide AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to virtually any on-premises or edge location. It enables the running of applications that have low latency, data residency, and local data processing needs on premises while reducing the time, resources, and operational risk required to procure, manage and upgrade on-premises infrastructure," said the release.
AWS Outposts, powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors, offer the same Amazon EC2 infrastructure-as-a-service on the edge as in the cloud.