A global leader by the name Acronis, a cloud services company providing reliable data and cyber protection earlier today announces the launch of its all new Data Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. The launch event which took place at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, witnessed the presence of numerous industry leaders and special guest, such as Tony Ojobo, President of the Board of Trustee of the ICT Foundation and Former Public Affairs Director of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The Acronis platform will provide trusted cybersecurity and the best backup for complete cyber protection. With over 50 integration for service providers, the global leader has been in the business of delivering world class data security technology for about 19 years.
Peter French, the Regional General Manager Middle East & Africa at Acronis at the launch earlier today while expressing his excitement about Cloud Data Centre’s presence in Nigeria said that “A local presence is a necessity for modern cloud businesses and we are proud to deliver the Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Centre in Nigeria.
The newly launched data centre is part of the over 100 data centres being planned globally by the company. The global network of Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Centres has more than 40 data centres globally, in Europe, Asia, the US and Africa, the company has already existing cloud data centres across this regions and is planning to open up many more. Recently, Acronis announced the availability of its cyber cloud data centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. The Lagos facility was built with the aim to serve the Nigerian IT Sector and beyond in the drive to provide phenomenal digitalised solutions throughout the country and beyond.
Tech operators, enterprises and multinationals can now have access to a full range of cyber protection solutions in Lagos “Now Nigerian companies and business from neighbour countries too, will be able to store their strategic data locally while being backed by a global partner who is on standby 24/7/365 to address any issues”. The new facility is expected to deliver digitization support to numerous clients who are looking grow their technological infrastructure on a large scale. The data centres services include faster access, constant data availability, and data sovereignty services to name a few.
With the new data centre now available in Lagos, Nigeria, local service providers now have access to a location within the country where critical business data can be stored and properly managed. Managed service providers (MSPs) will also benefit from the full range of managed cloud solutions and cyber protection solutions that Acronis Cyber Cloud platform is providing.
As cyber threats and comprises continue to loom in the air and becomes the order of the day, there is no better time than now for the launch of the Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Centre. As data accessibility, privacy, and compliance demands continue to grow across the Nigerian business landscape and beyond it is imperative that having the capabilities to deliver cloud solutions to service provider is key. This challenges and many more are some of the concerns Acronis Cyber Cloud Data Centre, Lagos is looking to adequately address.
The opening of the Nigerian data centre is one of Acronis effort to provide a global management for all data centres, geographic redundancy, and control for local partners, as well as provide a local disaster recovery site at a very competitive price. At the end of the day, Acronis goal is to ensure that service providers will have no trouble whatsoever with meeting the ever-changing compliance, data sovereignty, and performance requirements they and their clients face on daily basis.
According to a representative of Madonna Systems Nigeria Limited, Chidi Oliseowe, had this to say “Today the world depends so much on data to the point where we can say data is life, and data security cannot be over emphasised. We at Madonna Systems are so proud to be associated with Acronis, a foremost leader in cyber protection. With the opening of their new Data Centre in Nigeria, Acronis demonstrates its level of commitment to the Africa Market.”
According to Joel Friday, Senior Sales Manager, Promethean Consulting Limited, a company that has been an Acronis partner since 2017 said “Acronis building a data centre in Nigeria is a huge milestone for the industry in Nigeria. In-country data security has been a priority for most organizations in Nigeria, and the idea of a DC locally will definitely help partners like us add more value to our end users’ infrastructure.” Friday is proud of his company’s partnership Acronis and don’t see them partnering with no one else. The global leader is here and its time to take data security more seriously.
Liora Rosenblum from Mapleleaf Technology and Acronis distributor in Nigeria told the audience in attendance that Acronis compared to other public cloud companies like Amazon and Azure offers more affordable bundle solutions with data protection and end-point cybersecurity solutions.
Sara Pinheir who leads the company’s team in Africa also disclosed that Acronis is looking to build over 100 Data Centres over time and the launch of the Nigerian Data Centre makes it a total of 43 with another planned for Kenya this year.
Nicholas Keene, a senior engineer in response to a question by a participant on migration said that the company was working on a data migration tool that would eliminate slower manual methods of migration. Many other upcoming solutions were announced at the event which held on the 10th of February at the Lagos Oriental Hotel.
With respect to job creation in Nigeria, Sara mentioned that they were in the process of building a team with about two engineers already on board. The team will expand over this year with an office in the works in the Lagos area.
The event ended with networking sessions and a quiz on a mix of Nigerian current affairs and Acronis cloud. Our founder, Paul Oluwafemi Balo won the prize of an Apple Watch.