Lagos - Nigerian companies can now host their
data in-country to avoid further foreign exchange losses for the country.
This follows MainOne’s Tier III Data Center, MDX-i,
lending its voice to the call by the Office for Nigerian Content in Information
and Communication Technology to enable companies do host data in-country.
MainOne Data Centre Product Manager, Vremudia
Oghene-Ruemu, highlighted the benefits of hosting Nigerian data in-country, not
only in terms of foreign exchange conservation, cost reduction, job creation
and increase in tax revenues to government.
He underscored the security risks attendant in hosting
sensitive data off-shore.
Oghene-Ruemu said the increased adoption of ICT and in
particular E-Government, E-Commerce and E-Banking had made data hosting
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The official however decried the practice where
government agencies and large Nigerian businesses hosted their servers
offshore, which exposed them to huge security risks, in addition to revenue
losses resulting from capital flight to international companies.
“There is nothing available in offshore facilities that
Nigerian Data Centers do not have,” he said.
He pointed out Nigeria has circa 5 000 m2 in Tier III DC
space, certified by various international organisations.
MainOne’s carrier neutral data center, MDX-I is
“We are currently the largest in West Africa,
and recently received the Frost and Sullivan award for providing advanced Data
Center Infrastructure in West Africa,” said Oghene-Ruemu.
- CAJ News