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Amzaon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at a news conference during the launch of Amazon's new hardware in New York. photo credits - Fortune Magazine

Telco giant Safaricom is partnering with Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS (Amazon Web Services) in a bid to foster digital transformation in the country.

Cloud computing is essentially networks of data centers that use the internet to supply all kinds of services, from e-mail and social networks to data storage and analysis.

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Safaricom will now become a reseller of AWS services having attained the Advanced Consulting Partner status within the AWS community.

Compared with older IT systems Cloud computing promises its users many benefits. Firstly, it’s often much cheaper at the same time adding tremendous flexibility.

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AWS Managing Director Emerging Markets Tony Vanden Berge (R)
hands over a partnership plaque to Safaricom PLC CEO Michael Joseph during the
Safaricom AWS partnership signing at the Michael Joseph
Centre.

Companies that need more computing capacity no longer have to spend weeks adding new servers and installing software. With cloud computing, they can do this in minutes.

Cloud services also tend to be more secure, since providers know better than their customers how to protect their computing systems against hackers & digital terrorists.

“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” says Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.

Safaricom’s announcement to work with AWS has been met with interest by customers, with enterprises, startups, and government agencies expressing a desire to use the partnership to build their cloud strategy. AWS is a boon to startups, too.

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