Stakeholders, experts in the Nigerian telecoms and ICT industry has unveiled a roadmap that could seeing the nation achieving a 30 percent growth of local cloud hosting by the year 2024.
The stakeholders who spoke at the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) with the theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting by 2024” noted that it was time that there are so much benefit that Nigeria stands to benefit from local hosting.
Chief Executive Officer, Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Mr. Muhammed Rudman, who chaired the event, in his remark said that Nigeria must strive to become the hub for Internet content in Africa not just content consumers.
According to him, local hosting is critical for any country that wishes to develop its internet infrastructure and empower its citizens as well as ensure national data sovereignty.
He disclosed that local hosting in Nigeria will reduce the huge capital flight stressing that the reduction in capital flight will also lead to higher quality of service as local hosting enables websites run about three times faster than those hosting overseas because of ultralow latency.
He added that hosting of content locally will further strengthen the cyber security of the country, as the passing of data between local networks would be within national borders stressing that it would ensure business continuity as Nigeria is dependent on submarine cables when hosting internationally.
Rudman who is also the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) stated that hosting of content locally would help build and develop technical skills to manage data centres in the country.
“It is imperative to host data locally to avoid the complexity of international laws. Once important information is being hosted outside the country, the laws of the land no longer apply.
“Rather, the information and client data hosted abroad are now under the data privacy laws of the country where the data is being hosted.
“With local hosting, organisations and individuals are guaranteed of needed support at the right time, as barriers like time difference and language are no longer an issue”, he said.
Rudman who called invest on local hosting said that “Our business plans should be strategically focused and geared towards developing our country, Nigeria. To avoid exporting and re-importing our data, we need to host our data locally.”
Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi in his remark said that data is a major factor of production but for data to be a source of wealth, it needs to be secured.
“Though cloud computing offers other services such as Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, Software as a service. One of the common cloud computing services is the hosting service.
“Cloud hosting provides the opportunities for 100% resource utilization as resources are evenly distributed over several server and cost control due to elasticity of services where pricing depends on services consumption. You are 100 % in control”, he said.
Also in his remark, the Chief Executive Officer of Vintage Confluence, Mr. Precious Aire, said that 30℅ growth in local cloud hosting target of 2024 is achievable.
We can’t afford to ignore prominent issues like this at a time like this when the need for technology-driven innovations have almost become the breadth, or let me say, the live wire of business in the global village.
He said:“cloud hosting is a type of web hosting which uses multiple different servers to balance the load and maximize uptime.
“Instead of using a single server, your website can tap into a “cluster” that uses resources from a centralized pool. This means that even if one server fails, another kicks in to keep everything running.”
President of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, in a goodwill message stated: “there are 11 data centres in Nigeria and the largest are expanding their capacity constantly in anticipation of a growing demand but currently the utilisation of capacity probably sits at below 30%.”
He therefore noted that with four certified Tier 3 Constructed Facilities in Nigeria and more on the way, the Africa data centre market is expected to cross $3bn by 2025, growing at a CAGR over 12%.
According to him, despite the forecast growth in installed capacity, the patronage by way of utilisation does not match the expected levels.
He added: “Galaxy Backbone which is the only Uptime Institute Certified Tier 3 Data Centre in the public sector is currently estimate at 38% capacity utilisation of its 2.5MW capacity (subject to verification).”