The Paratus Group is about to open its state-of-the-art data center in Lusaka, Zambia. The pandemic has greatly accelerated the pace of reliance upon unlimited and quality internet connections. DT Global, referring to the 2020 World Bank study of 10 000 enterprises, including micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in 51 emerging and developing economies, states that ‘around half of private firms had significantly ramped up their use of the internet to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.’ With this increased shift to working in the digital data space, business data security is compromised, and this is why shifting to an off-site data center is the safest solution when safeguarding company information.

As the African digital economy develops, so does Paratus Group’s strategy by adapting to the needs of its customers. With more users reliant on internet-based technologies and more companies working remotely; the need for safe storage and access is increasing. Barney Harmse, Group Chief Executive Officer for Paratus says, “Paratus has always been ahead of the technology curve with our projects and client product offerings. Our data center rollout is just the next phase in supplying customers with the best possible services. When Covid first hit our continent, we had already put services in place to meet their changing needs, so they could always confidently connect and access their data securely. With two operational data centers in Angola and the upcoming launch of our latest data center in Zambia, we have the experience to offer services to businesses and multi-nationals in the region, giving them access to the latest best technology and 24/7 security.”

The Paratus data center in Angola has been in operation since 2019. Flavio Bressan, Director of Marketing in Angola says, “We have been running a well-equipped data center for the past two years. During this time, we have been able to identify, discuss and fix issues; introduce new products; measure our performance; audit our customers; and be able to offer everything businesses need to run an entirely secure off-site business.”

The data center in Zambia is due to open next month. It will be the most advanced DC in the country, and MD of Paratus Zambia, Marius van Vuuren is confident about its success. “We have really pushed the boundaries for this DC, and we have ticked every box of requirements and assurances. We will store and protect client data 24/7; house and physically protect all equipment and computer systems; handle the off-site migration; and offer an array of add-on services and features.”

Paratus Group will also soon open a data center in Namibia. MD of Paratus Namibia, Andrew Hall says, “Such is the demand that, despite being in the construction stages, we have already signed up a large number of tenants. This is testament to their confidence in Paratus providing them with total data security.” The data center in Namibia will be Tier 3 by design and will incorporate green building design elements, to reduce environmental impact.

With the digital economy on fast-track, the need for better virtual security is of utmost importance. Paratus Group is ahead of the curve and able to unlimit potential for their customers by providing them with the storage, access and ultimate security.

For more information about the Zambia DC, please visit the Facebook page, contact the Paratus sales team on 0260 211 262 698 or email info.zm@paratus.africa.
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About Paratus

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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