Comercio Limited, an indigenous technology company, has built the first enterprise public cloud platform in Nigeria for medium and large enterprises similar to the same services provided by Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services here in Nigeria.
With more world class data centres available in the country, the company is hosting cloud platforms leveraging on the reduction in recent times with the cost of accessing internet services, providing small and large company the opportunity to move to cloud platforms for their data storage.
Speaking at its head office to announce the development, chief technical officer, Commercio Ltd, Mr. Aderemi Adejumo, said Comercio Public cloud platforms offers enterprises the opportunity to move their IT expenditure from a capital expenditure (capex) to an operating expenditure (opex) as well as only pay for what they consume.
“It is a perfect pay-as you go model to minimise expenditure and create great savings” he said, adding that “The other great advantage is their time to market. In traditional computing, it takes 5-16 weeks to request, get appropriate approvals and procure hardware before installing and configuration of the software. In this current fast changing world this is not acceptable and a great challenge.
“With our public cloud platform, the required hardware can be provisioned and available in less than 48 hours. With the flexibility, agility and expansion potential, our clients do not need to have an accurate estimation of growth and sizing. In a public facing service delivery this is crucial as an inadequately sized infrastructure will guarantee failure whilst an over speed infrastructure will be a waste of funds.”
Managing drector of Comercio Cloud, Mrs. Aderonke Adeyegbe also stated that they have a number of advantages over the notable foreign cloud platforms. Our platform has a lower latency than offshore platforms, noting that it takes on average less than 25 percent of the time to retrieve data from an offshore cloud platform.
In addition, she said that “we provide a bespoke service, which means that there is a stability in payments and in the event of a dollar fluctuation, there would be no anxiety of exceeding the budget. We meet the requirements for data localisation and if there are regulatory or compliance reasons for the data to be onshore we are compliant. In addition, we meet the requirements for data sovereignty and in the event of a dispute or legal issue, we are bound by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“Overall, there is a greater peace of mind on a local cloud platform and from our local economy point of view, it reduces capital flight and encourages job creation” she said, noting that there has been and continues to be more world-class data centres coming on to the market, providing adequate platform for them to build a public cloud platform.
Adeyegbe added Commercio public cloud platform uses at least two of the datacentres in the country to provide redundancy and disaster recovery capabilities. Using VMware technology, they are able to move their cloud infrastructure from one location to another in the event of a failure with little or no data loss