Africa is a continent with a rapidly growing population and economy, but it still lags behind the rest of the world in terms of digital infrastructure. According to the World Bank, only 34% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has access to the internet, compared to an average of 59% in other developing countries. This lack of digital infrastructure is a major hindrance to the continent’s growth and development, as it limits access to information and services, and makes it difficult for businesses to operate. In Africa, there is a focus on one type of digital infrastructure: The internet. But what about storage and computing infrastructure?
One of the biggest challenges facing Africa’s digital infrastructure is the cost and logistics of traditional data centers. These centers require large amounts of electricity and cooling, which can be expensive and difficult to maintain in Africa’s often-harsh environments. Additionally, many areas in Africa lack reliable power and internet connectivity, making it difficult to build and maintain data centers in these regions. The lack of skilled workforce and the distance to connect businesses and organizations in remote areas are also significant challenges.
Another important issue to consider is the water consumption, traditional data centers require large amounts of water for cooling, and in some areas of Africa, water is scarce and expensive. Building and maintaining data centers in such areas can be a real challenge and imagine the environmental impact of such solution.
However, a new type of technology is emerging that has the potential to revolutionize Africa’s digital infrastructure: the distributed hyper-converged system. A distributed hyper-converged system is a type of infrastructure that combines storage, compute, and networking into a single system using edge gateway technology. This type of system is fully distributed, which means that it is spread out across a wide area, rather than being centralized in a single location.
This has several benefits, including:
Low latency: Because the system is spread out across a wide area, it reduces the distance that data has to travel, which in turn reduces the time it takes for data to get from one point to another. This means that data can be accessed more quickly, which improves the user experience.
Increased access: Because the system is spread out across a wide area, it increases the number of people who can access the data. This is particularly important in Africa, where many people live in remote or hard-to-reach areas.
Cost savings: Because the system is spread out across a wide area, it is less expensive to build and maintain than a centralized system. This makes it more affordable for businesses to use, which can help to promote economic growth and development.
At ARED, we are planning to truly revolutionize the digital infrastructure space and drive this digital transformation for SMEs on the continent. ARED is a technology company that specializes in providing fully distributed hyper-converged solutions using edge technology. Our solution is designed to push applications from the cloud to the edge, reducing latency and digital access costs, and increasing the number of users consuming those applications. They also provide an API for companies/individuals seeking additional storage and computing power, and small businesses can easily deploy their native cloud applications using their edge infrastructure distributed throughout the cluster. In addition, they have a wifi management system which allows for end-users to access the applications via wifi.
One of the biggest benefits of the distributed hyper-converged system is that it makes it more affordable for small and medium-sized businesses to have access to infrastructure. Traditional cloud-based infrastructure can be costly, and many small and medium-sized businesses in Africa may not have the resources to invest in it. The distributed hyper-converged system offers an affordable alternative, which allows these businesses to gain access to the resources they need to grow and compete in the global marketplace. By providing an affordable and accessible solution, these systems can help to bridge the digital divide in Africa and support the continent’s economic growth and development. With companies like ARED leading the way in this technology, the future of Africa’s digital infrastructure looks bright. As more businesses gain access to this type of infrastructure, they will have the ability to compete in the global marketplace, which can lead to increased economic growth and opportunities, and empower people to access the information and services they need to improve their lives locally.