Inhouse data hosting saving Nigeria forex losses

MainOne’s Tier III Data Center, MDX-iLAGOS, (CAJ News) – 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 inevitable.

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 internationally-certified.

“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

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