The much-anticipated gathering of tech experts from all over the world, Nerds Unite 2020 was held live at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Friday, 21 February, 2020.
This is the fifth edition of the MainOne annual event. This time, over 500 tech enthusiasts, experts and professionals gathered to discuss on the theme ‘Enabling the Digital Economy.’
Also, MainOne unveiled its Azure Stack Cloud Services in partnership with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. This development will enable Nigerians to locally tap into the global knowledge base and support of the two global giants.
Nerds Unite 2020
The Nerds Unite 2020 kickstarted with the keynote address delivered by MainOne CEO, Funke Opeke. She disclosed how MainOne has been at the forefront of digital transformation in Nigeria, and what to expect in the future.
According to her, “MainOne in 2015 launched services in MDX-I data center. We believe this is simply the tip of the iceberg because, in the future, we know that data centers will be around the country to meet the demands of our market. Nigeria will attract others around the continent to come here and truly we will become that giant of Africa that we all talk about based on the size and the width of our population over the virtual connections and content that we will generate. There will be new jobs to drive the digital economy.
Also, with more investments in digital space, contents will be available everywhere and the search for talents will not just be in few cities in Nigeria. More government services will be online and contents will increasingly be available in local languages. More Nigerians will be online and Nigeria will become a bigger player in terms of traffic on the internet.”
Basically, MainOne is ready to prepare Nigerians for the future of the digital economy. With this, she disclosed the Azure Stack Cloud Services which is locally resident in Nigeria. This new development will also attract investors from around the continent and new jobs will be created.
Azure Stack Cloud Services
The launching of the managed Cloud Services makes MainOne the first data center in Nigeria to offer the Cloud Service commercially to customers in Nigeria. This landmark will reinforce its leadership position in the cloud market, thereby enabling the company to offer its customers a broader suite of cloud solutions.
The Azure Stack Cloud Services was launched in partnership with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprises to become locally resident in Nigeria. HP supports the Hardware, while Microsoft manages the Azure Stack solution.
According to Funke, “It is the same Azure Stack you have in the public cloud that is locally resident on the platform provided. By being on the platform you can tap in the global knowledge base and support of global giants; HPE and Microsoft. MainOne will be responsible for providing the service to you.”
Speaking on the partnership on the Cloud Services, Mr Wale Olokodana, Business Group Director, Microsoft commended MainOne for being at the forefront of cloud services. He further highlighted Azure Stack Hub from MDX-I as reducing the time of marketing, meeting the regulatory data privacy and compliance, e.t.c
Also, Mr Ernest Sales, CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) operated by Selectium also lauded MainOne’s giant stride to begin cloud services. He noted that cloud is the next big thing that is going to happen; “Cloud has come to stay and one should move quickly and embrace the expertise the company is offering.”
MainOne is a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa. Its world-class infrastructure enhances the productivity and profitability of its customers. With this development, MainOne is preparing its customers to take advantage of the digital transformation and leverage the new technology that it is offering.
In addition, cloud services will help customers reduce cost. This will be done by eliminating the purchase of certain hardware that could support their business when they plug into MainOne’s cloud service offerings.
In conclusion, Nerds Unite 2020 was a successful event attended by tech companies, media groups and partners of MainOne across the globe. It also had in attendance the Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, ably represented by DG NITDA Nigeria, Kashifu Abudulahi.
Also, there were panel and startup sessions with industry expert discussion on key tech issues in Nigeria. Altogether, over 500 tech professionals and 200 companies across the globe were in attendance.
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