HOW TO CHOOSE A DATA CENTERLusaka, Zambia:  1 June 2021: Data loss has no boundaries, and can strike any business at any time. Not only can data loss cost your business customer loyalty, but in the case of a breach of personal client information, this can cause damage to your company’s reputation, and in some cases, complete business failure. Data is undoubtedly the most important, irreplaceable asset for any business and protection of that data has to be a priority. Knowing the best solution for optimum safeguarding of data is therefore essential, and why the support from a data center is an enormous advantage.

Migrating to a data center

Deciding to move a business’s server to a data center is a smart move, particularly as it will free up physical space and add considerable cyberspace force. However, migrating the information and equipment could seem onerous. The process of physically disconnecting office equipment and safely transporting, unpacking, and installing all systems at the new data center is challenging. What needs to be considered is how this can be managed efficiently and seamlessly without using an expensive ‘middle-man’.  What is ideally needed is a data center that can expertly and professionally manage the migration process for you.

Security and Cooling

Do you have 24/7 security for your data and equipment?  If it is not possible to maintain security round the clock, a data center offering constant security on the premises, with controlled entry on all doors, is the solution.  A data center can also store a business’s equipment in cages customised to meet the specifications and needs of the business, a feature that offers an extra layer of security as that cage can only be accessed by your business.

Is there a cooling mechanism in place to prevent over-heating of your data equipment? Because servers are always in use, heat is constantly being generated which presents issues of overheating and ultimately downtime. So, when considering where to host business-critical IT equipment, clients need to ask themselves if they have selected a space that keeps their equipment cool.  If not, and for added protection of data, another benefit of using a state-of-the-art data center is because it houses condenser units on the roof for the purpose of keeping servers and equipment cool all the time.

Quality and reliable connectivity

Once your business is installed and safely protected at a data center, you are guaranteed 99.98% system uptimes with high-speed connectivity over fiber? If the data center does not have backup generators to mitigate power outages, your data could be at risk.   In short, you need to be assured of constant power and high-speed quality connectivity.

Your own office at the data center

Do you need to have physical access to your data and equipment?  If so, the data center should offer you rooms for meetings, conferences, or video presentations as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities and leisure areas.

One-stop solution

On the 20th of July 2021, Paratus opens the doors to its new data center in Lusaka – the most advanced DC in Zambia.  Using its ‘thinking big’ ethos, Paratus has considered what ‘tenants’ really need from a highly sophisticated data center.  The Paratus DC will store and protect client data 24/7; house and physically protect all equipment and computer systems; handle the migration from off-site to the data center; and offer an array of add-on services and features.  MD of Paratus Zambia, Marius van Vuuren says: “We have really pushed the boundaries for this DC, and we can confidently say that we have ticked every box of requirement and assurance.”

The DC opening in Zambia forms part of Paratus Group DC roll out plan. Paratus Group is already running a successful DC in Angola and construction started on the data center in Namibia as well in June 2021. This will be Paratus Group’s DC number four in Africa. All these world-class data centre’s offer their customers the best and latest technology. Don’t miss out, register for a walk through to learn more and see how Paratus can migrate you easily and in a cost affordable manner. For more information about the DC, please visit the Facebook page, contact the Paratus sales team on 0211 262 698,  0260 211 262 698 or email info.zm@paratus.africa.-ends-

About Paratus Zambia

Paratus Zambia is part of the Paratus Group, a pan-African network operator. Paratus Zambia provides quality communications and hosting services to the Zambian corporate sector and has invested in building its own network, which extends to all major industrial and commercial centers throughout the country and many additional international ‘points-of-presence’ (PoPs) across the African continent and beyond. Paratus Zambia not only offers sophisticated and unrivalled integrated network services, which are backed by personalised 24/7 service but also boasts the largest roll-out of SD-WAN in Zambia to date and owns the second largest microwave connection network in the country. All of this is complemented by its Tier 3 Data Center, which is the most modern facility in Zambia.

Based in Lusaka, Paratus Zambia thinks big and believes passionately in the potential of Africa.  The company is investing in infrastructure and in delivering unlimited reliable and affordable connectivity which, in turn, will help unlock Africa’s potential.

About Paratus

Paratus is Africa’s quality network.  With an eye on the future, the group is investing in infrastructure and establishing itself as a key player in delivering integrated network services across Africa. Paratus is managed by a passionate and professional operational team in six African countries – Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia – and the business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in 28 African countries to a magnitude of customer satellite connections across Africa. This connects African businesses across the continent and delivers end-to-end service excellence. The group’s footprint extends beyond Africa to international (points of presence) PoPs in Europe and the US.

Born and bred in Africa, Paratus is thinking big as it grows its footprint to deliver Africa’s quality network.   By understanding the unique opportunities that Africa offers businesses and individuals to break boundaries and to connect without limits, Paratus is committed to raising the bar for providing quality connectivity in Africa.

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