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Published on Jan 18, 2014
Ntinga OR Tambo Development Agency operates in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, one of the country's poorest, most rural regions. It works with dozens of small businesses -- from vegetable growers and abattoirs to bakers and brick manufacturers, helping support the local economy. The video highlights how Vodacom created a virtual server, hosting all Ntinga's applications on the cloud. This provided the scale to absorb any new data demands and allowed users to log on to the server remotely, accessing applications while in the field. It also did away with the need to have local IT resource on hand to fix issues. The move to the cloud has also cut annual IT costs by an estimated 30 per cent, money that can now be channelled into projects. The implemented solution makes it easier to collaborate with national agencies and brings Ntinga closer to the most rural of communities.
Benefits Greater accessibility: Less IT downtime means Ntinga staff have more time to spend on community projects Reduced costs: Hosting all Ntinga's applications on the cloud removes the need for a local data centre, with associated power, cooling and maintenance needs, reducing annual ICT costs by an estimated 30 per cent Improved collaboration: Video conferencing allows national experts to be involved in local decision making and connects the most remote rural communities