Kenyan cloud startup Angani returns to full capacity after outages


Kenyan cloud computing startup Angani, which launched local hosting services earlier in the year, has said 95 per cent of its systems are now fully operational again after prolonged downtime earlier in the month.

Things had looked so bright for fully automated cloud infrastructure startup Angani, which in April formally launched its cloud and hosting services, focused on the small and medium enterprise (SME) market and the financial services and media industries.

Disrupt Africa reported in February the startup, which claimed to be the first fully automated cloud infrastructure company in East Africa, had closed a seed funding round led by Invested Development with participation from Africa’s Talking, Savannah Fund, and Africa Angels Network.

Yet earlier this month things began to unravel, with a system outage on November 4 causing downtime for a number of customers, which lasted for several days. Founder and CEO Phares Kariuki departed the startup the previous months, and was replaced by Riyaz Bachani, who has now confirmed the startup is nearing full operations again.

“It is true we had systems challenges but for the past 10 days the Angani team has been working tirelessly to get all systems back up and I am proud to say we are now at 95 per cent up and will seek to close the remaining five per cent within the next couple of days,” he said.

Waikwa Wambugu said the startup’s main concern has always been maintaining the integrity of its client data, something it had been able to guarantee.

“We must therefore thank our clients who have stood by us as we rebuilt our platform during this period. We also take pride in the fact that we did not lose customer data during this outage period, which also underscores the value we attach to building secure, robust and scalable infrastructure for our customers,” he said.

To avoid a future recurrence, Angani has rebuilt its cloud platform with a standard backup service integrated into its services and hosted separately from the core network. Bachani said he is confident of Angani’s ability to continue to deliver world class cloud computing services at an affordable price, reducing the cost of IT infrastructure for Kenyan businesses.


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