BY OLABISI OLALEYE
Computer Warehouse Group (CWGPLC) has unveiled a tier 3 Ultra-Modern Data Center worth millions of naira in Lagos. The State of the Art Data Center, situated at Lekki Phase 1 is specifically built to provide a platform for CWG's cloud computing business as well as offer excess capacity to enterprise, especially banks for use as a disaster recovery Data Centre on a co-location basis.
It is also expected that budding online companies such as Jumia and Konga with immense technology requirements shall also avail themselves of the facility.
CWG's Data Center is equipped with state of the art N+1 power and environmental management infrastructure, which provides a combined generating capacity of 0.7MVA. To ensure incoming mains power is conditioned and available at all times,there are redundant and Modular 250KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems. The UPS also function as bull-mark against power surges and blowout.
According to Okere ,having majorly completed the pillars for our IT as a Service (ITaaS) strategy, namely creating a platform for rapid Pan African growth and repositioning our service model to cater to the new cloud computing mind-set.
"We are on target to achieve our objective of being the the number 1 IT Utility enabler in Africa by launching three cloud services in Nigeria; the MTN SaaS for Microfinance banks in conjunction with MTN Nigeria, the Diamond Yello Account bringing Financial inclusion to the 55 million MTN Mobile subscribers in partnership with MTN and Diamond Bank, and the CWG SMERP (a vertically modular Enterprise Resource Planning application for Micro, Small and Medium scale enterprises (MSME), which can be used on a subscription basis by hotels, hospitals, spare-parts dealers and farmers."
He maintained that MSMEs are regarded as the engine of economic growth. Statistics show that there are 17m+ MSMEs in Nigeria. This compares overwhelmingly with the 260 listed companies on the stock exchange. Without accurate business records, they are unable to generate the accounting reports that banks and financial organizations can depend on to provide financing. Without credit, they are unable to grow their business aggressively. CWG SMERP can provide these organizations with a strong foundation for growth and sustainability and also provide these firms the opportunity to exploit the internet to access a bigger market. The substantial cost of utilizing ICT is a big barrier for these firms to take advantage of ICT to grow their business" Okere remarked.
Describing the explosive impact that MSME's could have on the economy if properly annexed, Okere remarked rhetorically 'do you know that by just employing only one additional staff each, the 17m MSME would have created 17million jobs
On payments, he explained "We require payment only on a subscription basis which completely removes the CAPEX requirements of ICT usage. For effective nationwide coverage, we will use a franchise model to enable smaller IT firms and consultancies to assist the MSMEs as business support organizations, and by so doing spur a secondary growth in IT MSMEs which will create thousands ofadditional jobs", he concluded.
Speaking at the DataCenter Launching, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, former executive vice chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) stated thatCWG's Ultra-modern Data Centre in Lagos is timely, and a leap frog that will aid customers, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).