Net One launches data centre

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NET One Group has launched the first tier three complaint multi-tenant data centre at a cost of US$1.2 million (about KR600,000).
Company managing director Bejoy Nettikadan said the centre is a milestone in Zambia’s information and communication technology (ICT) era.
“Multi-tenancy has been a growing concept globally and regionally with countries such us South Africa , Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia  having multiple service providers in this industry, and now Zambia sees her first launch today [Tuesday],” he said.
Mr Nettikadan said this at the opening of the centre situated in Lusaka’s Roma.
He said the facility offers a wide range of services to customers of all sizes and industry verticals including small and medium size start-ups through to large enterprise accounts.
Mr Nettikadan said customers will have an opportunity to lease technology- through a combination of virtual services and storage while also offering physical building infrastructure to host offsite backup and disaster recovery in secure, industry environment.
“We launch this data centre today with software solutions such as financial management system and payroll systems as a service. This entails customers being able to take up a single-user licence and pay for services on a monthly basis without the need to invest in the hardware required to host purchased software,” he said.
He thanked the Netherlands and Zambian governments for its support towards the project. The company received a grant funded under the private sector investment programme of the government of the Netherlands.
Vice-President Guy Scott said the project demonstrates the vast opportunities available in Zambia, as well as the continued confidence of the private investors in the Zambian economy.
Dr Scott said the facility will offer the private and public sectors a unique opportunity in conducting business.
He said this in a speech read for him by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Richard Musukwa.
“Zambia continues to grow its economy and is changing the way through which business is conducted and, therefore, adopting world-class practices such as disaster recovery, cloud computing and virtual services are essential.
“Currently, offsite disaster recovery is primarily done in-house or offshore and this facility will provide both the private and public sectors an opportunity to have a Zambian solution in information technology,” he said
And head of mission from the Netherlands to Zambia Ardiestois Barken said the Dutch will continue to support viable projects in Zambia.
She said the Dutch government is in a process of setting up a consulate in Zambia for continued partnership.