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Article · May 2, 2024

New Cloud-to-Cloud Backup Datacenter

Howzit, South Africa! We’re excited to announce that our latest datacenter is now operational on your shores. This marks a significant milestone as OpenText expands its commitment to providing top-tier data protection globally. Our new data center is strategically positioned to serve businesses across Africa, ensuring that your data is stored locally, enabling you to attain compliance with South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

Why Regional Data Centers Matter

The importance of regional data centers cannot be overstated. They play a crucial role in the following:

Reducing Latency - Latency refers to the time it takes for data to travel between your cloud service (Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and other cloud services) and the backup service. Reducing latency not only speeds up the time it takes to complete a backup, but also improves restore times, keeping your cloud data accessible more efficiently. With average network latencies between Europe and Africa varying significantly — having regional data centers close to your data is crucial.

Ensure Regulatory Compliance - Many businesses have regulations that require data to be stored within national borders to provide compliance with specific privacy regulatory requirements. Regional data centers can also ensure compliance with local data sovereignty laws. By hosting data within the same region it originates from, companies can adhere to legal standards and build trust with their customers by protecting their information against international data breaches.

Mitigate Risks of a Breach - Regional data centers also ensure that businesses can leverage the cloud’s full potential without exposure to international data requests. Storing data regionally reduces the risks associated with trans-border data transfers, including potential interceptions or breaches under different legal frameworks. This regional storage ensures that the data adheres to the stringent security protocols that might be specific to your region or industry best-practice.

Enable Compliance and Security of Your Business-Critical Data

Our new data center in South Africa brings our choice of global data centers to nine. Apart from South Africa, the other data centers are located in the US, Canada, Europe (France, Germany, and Ireland), the UK, and Asia Pacific (Australia and Japan).

We understand the stakes are high when it comes to securing your business-critical data. Our new data center in South Africa, as with the other data centers, encrypts all your backup data with stringent AES-256 data encryption at rest and HTTPS in-flight. Our SaaS data protection solutions are designed to provide peace of mind, offering automated daily backups, unlimited storage, and one-click data restoration to ensure that your business remains resilient in the face of data loss. By choosing Carbonite Cloud-to-Cloud Backup, you not only secure your data but also empower your business to meet specific legal requirements and industry standards for data protection and privacy.

Our expansion into South Africa with a new datacenter is more than just a geographical enhancement; it’s a commitment to providing our customers with reliable, secure, and compliant data backup solutions, wherever they operate.

To learn more about our Cloud-to-Cloud Backup solution, or how we can help your business become more cyber resilient schedule a call with one of our experts.


Lauren Beliveau

Lauren Beliveau is one of the Product Marketing Managers for the Carbonite data management portfolio. She is dedicated to delivering robust data management solutions to help businesses become more cyber resilient.

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