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Local data hosting, critical to national development says Rudman – ITREALMS

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Internet exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Mr. Muhammed Rudman has described local hosting of data as critical for national and internet infrastructure development, reports ITREALMS.
Speaking at the 2021 Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) Technology Forum held in Lagos on Thursday at CitiHeight Hotel, on the theme “Achieving 30% Growth In Local Cloud Hosting By 2024” expressed optimism its achievable with requisite citizens empowerment technologically.
“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 said.

Rudman who chaired the occasion also described data as the economic engine of the Internet, stressing that with billions of US dollars invested annually across the globe towards cloud infrastructure by private and public entities, Nigeria must strive to become the hub for Internet content in Africa not just content consumers.

He emphasized that local hosting in Nigeria will reduce the huge capital flight, pointing out that this 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.

In recogniation of the cloud localisaiton, he noted that the Federal Government established the National Cloud Computing Policy by NITDA in 2019, which is aimed at promoting the migration of national data to local cloud with a goal of achieving 30 per cent by the end of 2024.

In addition, he recalled that some years back the Federal Government of Nigeria setup Galaxy Backbone Plc, a company empowered to provide Internet and hosting services for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in furtherance to stimulate local hosting.

“Furthermore, hosting of content locally will help build and develop technical skills to manage data centres in the country. This, also, inadvertently, means the creation of more jobs for Nigerians and the growth of the technology and hosting industry in the nation,” he said.

Rudman insisted that local hosting for Nigerian businesses as it is a step in the right direction so as to improve the nation’s economy.

“We need to invest locally. 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. Let us all rise up, embrace the challenge and help develop Nigeria’s ICT ecosystem,” Rudman said.

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