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Pamoja Africa partners with Symantec

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 March 2014

Cloud services provider Pamoja Africa has entered into a partnership with security solutions powerhouse Symantec. Under the terms of the agreement Pamoja Africa will distribute Symantec’s suite of cloud services in sub-Sahara Africa to meet growing security, compliance and archiving needs. Pamjoa is the cloud services business unit of pan-African ICT enabler Seacom.

Mark Smissen, cloud services manager at Symantec, said: “The partnership provides Symantec the opportunity to address an exciting new route-to-market for its cloud services. It is delivered by the next generation of specialist partners and service providers that are uniquely positioned to capitalise on the exploding demand for cloud security services.”

“It’s an opportunity for Symantec to address under served and unmet needs of customers and partners in Africa, and to do this quickly,” added Smissen. Pamoja was established in 2011 by Seacom’s founder Brian Herlihy and Stafford Masie, former general manager of Google South Africa. Pamoja operates as a provider of wholesale cloud computing services via telecoms companies, ISPs and other service providers in Africa.

Pamoja is focused on a wider market including the fast-growing SME segment. The company looks to leverage off Seacom’s infrastructure and partnerships as well as Africa’s growing mobile and internet market to build out its services model.

Smissen continued: “Pamoja exists to drive the adoption of cloud services in Africa, and have purpose-built their strategy to make this a reality. What this means is that the reach and scale required in bringing security and compliance cloud services to the SME market is now possible.”

“These enterprise class cloud services have typically only been accessible by larger organisations. This changeswith the Pamoja partnership in that SME and corporate customers can enjoy the same level of protection and service,” he added.

Through a new data peering arrangement between Seacom and Symantec, the services are delivered via the shortest and fastest route to the Pamoja cloud data centres in South Africa and Kenya. Both companies share the belief that the partnership will strengthen the value of service each offers the market.

Albie Bester, general manager at Pamoja, said: “We are all about adding value and assisting the market with all the dynamics involved in cloud services and solution uptake. This is another major achievement for the market and our contribution towards it.”

Smissen concluded: “We know the approach to securing information must change. Security can no longer be about running numerous point products. Customers want unified security – security that’s multi-tier, multi-layer, integrated and automated – all delivered as a service.”

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