Microsoft partners with Nigeria’s MainOne for cloud services

Data Center 123Net Wikimedia CommonsThe Tier III data centre delivers a high level of uptime, which is important for businesses. (Image source: 123Net/Wikimedia Commons)Microsoft has partnered with MainOne’s Tier III data centre, MDX-i, to offer affordable cloud computing services to Nigerians at affordable rates

Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne, said that MDX-i offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and that its solution was built on Microsoft Azure’s enterprise grade infrastructure. It provides flexible and fully secure private computing environments with very little downtime to companies on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Benefits of the IaaS solution include access to a wide range of computing resources such as storage, central processing units, memory, security firewalls and network bandwidth, provisioned on a subscription basis.

Opeke added that MDX-i would also provide IT infrastructure that would be rapidly deployed for efficient delivery of cloud services and that the partnership would enable Microsoft to ride on the many benefits of its IaaS and virtual data centre offerings.

The new solution is the first cloud offering MDX-i is launching in partnership with Microsoft, a leading global provider of cloud services. Rob Lever, business development executive at MDX-i, said that the new cloud platform would be a scalable and cost effective alternative to dedicated computing resources deployed in-house by companies, and includes managed virtual data centres and virtual private servers.

“Businesses are beginning to embrace cloud services because it promises increased agility in addition to savings in operational expenditure and capital expenditure, and that is exactly what we offer,” Lever said.

Kabelo Makwane, managing director of Microsoft Nigeria, said that the software giant was attracted to MainOne’s MDX-i infrastructure because it is a certified world-class data centre, delivering an acceptable level of uptime that is significant for businesses.

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