Zadara backs the Nigerian government’s local content policy of storing sensitive data locally 

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In Summary
Storing citizens  Data in the Public Cloud outside Nigeria creates the problem of Data Protection since data stored in the public cloud is exposed to Cyber and Ransomware attacks.
 *The existing Local Service Providers are unable to effectively Store Data not to mention Protect Stored Data
* Only GalaxyBack Bone, MainOne and RackCenter are catering for over 200 million Nigerians
* Zadara wants to empower all Service  Providers in Nigeria to meet up with International Standards with regards to Data Storage through it’s model of  ” only pay by consumption .”
By Industrial Digest 
ZADARA, a global Original Equipment Manufacturer((OEM) of Data Storage Facilities says the Nigerian government guidelines on Local Content i.e. all organizations operating within Nigeria should have their data stored within Nigeria, is a step in the right direction.
It was learned that Zadara is a U.S – based  world leader in Infrastructure-as-a-service and Enterprise Data Storage-as-a-service. 
Storing Data in the Public Cloud outside Nigeria creates the problem of Data Protection since data stored in the public cloud is exposed to Cyber and Ransomware attacks because the existing public cloud service providers do not provide Absolute Data Protection. Sensitive Citizens data such as BVN, National Identity Numbers, and other private and confidential details need to be protected from such attacks and exposures, ” said Mr.Smith Osemeke, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Unitellas International Limited, the official distributor of Zadara products in Nigeria.
Briefing the press in Lagos, yesterday, he said that because Local Service Providers in Nigeria cannot compete with international cloud service providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud in terms of Infrastructure, Pricing, Service Delivery, and Management, this has caused a lot of companies in Nigeria to patronize International Public Cloud Service Providers by Storing Data from Nigeria to other Countries thereby making it practically impossible to comply with the Local Content Policy.
“It becomes a challenge to uphold “Data sovereignty”- the concept of storing data within the Nation’s Borders. Since Local Service Providers are unable to effectively Store Data not to mention Protect Stored Data due to the fact that present Legacy Storage Infrastructures do not have the capabilities to offer the latest Data Protection Mechanism (DATA STORAGE IMMUTABILITY).
From left – right: Blessing Omo, Director of Operations, Unitellas; Amos Maisamari, Company Secretary, Unitellas; Smith Osemeke, MD/CEO Unitellas International Limited , and Vijay Gurav, Technical Consultant to Unitellas, during the Zadara/Unitellas Press Conference on Zadara’s Data Storage Solutions for public and private organizations, yesterday in Lagos.

“As a result, Financial Service Institutions (FSI) and other Key Organizations invest Millions of Dollars annually in acquiring and managing IT Infrastructures instead of focusing on their Core Businesses because they must have an IT department to build and manage their Data Storage Infrastructure – a service that is supposed to be handled by Local Service Providers in Nigeria.
If this sad narrative is not corrected, even sensitive Data from Nigeria will be stored outside Nigeria thus inevitably leading to Data Insecurity. Unfortunately, Nigeria is one of the countries lacking Data Security due to the inability of Service Providers to effectively Store and Protect Data Locally.
Unitellas International Limited in Partnership with ZADARA is empowering all Service Providers in Nigeria to meet up with International Standards with regards to Data Storage Infrastructure, Service, Pricing, and Security.
Unitellas is the official distributor of Zadara Solution in Nigeria. “
Mr. Vijay Gurav, the Technical Consultant to Unitellas,  who also spoke at the event, called for the accelerated adoption of the Zadara model of Pay As You Use, service by organizations in Nigeria.
He noted that currently there are only three Data Storage service providers in the country, and they are the Federal Government’s owned GalaxyBackBones in Abuja, MainOne, and Rack Centers.
In his words, there are no reliable existing Data Storage Service Providers in the country.
“The beauty of subscribing to Zadara’s storage is that you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to buy the solutions, they will bring it down to you, install it, train your IT staff and organizations pay for what they use in Terabyte, petabyte…, and the maintenance of the infrastructure is done by them, ” he said.
In a related development, the International Data Corporation (IDC)  recently rated Zadara’s enterprise data storage model of “Pay Only for What You Use,” as Unique, among competitors in the markets.

IDC is a global provider of market intelligence for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.

IDC, in its May 2020 markets analysis of modern enterprise data storage services and solutions, said that it found Zadara’s model unique among other companies offering data storage solutions globally.

In the report ‘ Five Factors Driving Enterprise Data Storage as a Service Adoption in 2020‘, Andrew Smith, Research Analyst at IDC, said that Zadara’s model is unique, in terms of the company’s comprehensive support, worldwide coverage, and serving the services providers .

“Zadara’s model is unique in its focus on providing the most complete, fully managed storage services possible.
Cloud services provider offerings span a wide range of capabilities from white glove services to bare-bones provisioning.

“Zadara goes to market with a model that is focused on providing full-service storage solutions all the way to the application layer.
“To do so, Zadara delivers the following key capabilities, which IDC believes differentiate Zadara from its competitors,” he said.

The services are:

» Comprehensive support. Zadara provides its own, first-party support services to all customers. These support teams are staffed by engineers who operate the storage and are dedicated to understanding each customer’s
unique deployment and specific requirements. Customers have near-direct access to these support teams, which operate 24 x 7.

» Worldwide coverage. Many managed services providers focus on a specific geography to provide tailored services
within a limited region or country. Zadara operates globally with approximately 250 datacenters dispersed across 6
continents. The vendor ships hardware to all customer premises and colocation facilities and maintains and upgrades these assets at the customer’s request. This global, managed presence helps Zadara differentiate itself by
meeting customer requirements for data sovereignty and multiregion support.

» Serving the services providers. Zadara’s architecture of managed storage services positions the company as a valuable partner for cloud services providers selling secondary storage solutions for disaster recovery, archive, and backup as a service. IDC tracks these segments closely in what we call the data protection-as-a-service (DPaaS) market, ” said the report.

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