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Kitskoo Plans Disaster Recovery Solution Workshop

February 6, 2014

Emma Okonji



Kitskoo Cloud Services, Nigeria's young cloud services company in partnership with Microsoft, Resourcery, EMC, and other Information Technology solution providers in the country, is planning a one day workshop tagged: "Is your organisation ready for disaster recovery?" The event is designed for heads of Information Technology departments as well as Business Unit Heads with a responsibility for key business operations.

Speaking on the need for the disaster recovery workshop and business session, Managing Director of Kitskoo Cloud Services, Mr. Tunde Fafunwa, said corporate data and information loss across the globe have been increasing by more than 20 per cent every year since 2009. It is estimated that about 40 per cent of companies do not have a disaster recovery plan, and the data includes businesses in Nigeria, Fafunwa said. He noted that there is a glaring need to adequately prepare Nigerian business organisations for disaster recovery.

Speakers expected at the workshop will be players that will provide disaster recovery solution. Being a solution integrator, Kitsco will be helping industries to understand the need for disaster recovery and the type of solution to apply. According to Fafunwa, disaster recovery does not generate money but saves the company a lot of money in the time of disaster. He therefore stressed the need for companies that deal with data in large and small volumes to attend the workshop slated for February 20, 2014 in Lagos. He emphasised that disaster recovery as all about protecting data, both big and small data.

He predicted that 50 per cent of companies would loose data or experience disaster in any given year, and therefore need disaster protection solution at all times. Target audience for the workshop include larger corporate companies, like fast moving enterprises, government organisations, Telecoms operators, Finance, Engineering among others. According to Fafunwa: "We know that many large companies and organisations in Nigeria have a disaster recovery plan. However, based on Kitskoo's extensive discussions with a large cross-section of CIO's, we notice that most organisations are struggling to update, improve and implement a disaster recovery plan and in many cases, the existing plan or implementation process is incomplete or out of date."

"Our job is to provide companies with the necessary services (and products where required) to successfully complete and implement a disaster recovery plan, including ensuring the integrity and fitness for purpose of all the critical components." Some of the components include network, security, virtualisation, applications, and business processes. All of these with the right application processes are needed to effectively prepare them for the unforeseen, he said.

Also speaking, Executive Director of Kitskoo Cloud Services Mr. Monday Ogbe, noted that disaster recovery plans and processes that help organisations prepare for disruptive events transcend a few back-ups scattered around the organisation. "What we intend to achieve with this seminar is to prepare Information Technology decision makers for the eventuality of a business' disrupting data-loss scenario. While we'll outline the technological solution to disaster prevention, we'll also examine some of the processes which would range from overseeing the plan, to providing input and support, as well as putting the plan into action in an emergency," Ogbe said.

He also added that "as a Security, Disaster Recovery, and Cloud Services company, Kitskoo uses an interactive approach to engage customers in identifying where a company is situated on the disaster recovery maturity model, and provide a road-map and implementation service to take the company from where they are, to where they want to be. One such approach is the up-coming workshop."


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Source: AllAfrica


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