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Why the Backup is the Must-do Digital Practice

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Why the Backup is the Must-do Digital Practice, SiliconNigeria

Implementing simple solutions can help keep important files safe and secure

Over the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time on our digital devices and this will often have resulted in an increased volume of data and a need for additional storage. Data can mean important personal documents that work project you have been working on over the last few weeks or even treasured photographs that capture important moments in your life.

With data living everywhere, regular backups can be essential in protecting yourself from the loss of valuable files as well as in minimizing the damage that can be caused by malware that encrypts your data.

Many of us have found ourselves in that regrettable situation where we dropped a smartphone or spilled coffee on our laptop, leaving us with that nervous wait to find out if our device still works and has our saved data. At best it is an inconvenience and at worst lost data will require considerable time and effort to be recovered, if it is even possible.

With malware attacks increasing over the last year and more people online than ever before, backups have become even more important. As smartphones have become an essential tool in our lives it comes as no surprise that these devices are a prime target for criminals; leading to an increase in theft. If phones aren’t recovered and the data hasn’t been backed up, then every memory on that device is gone.

As the pace of digital growth and transformation is increasing, we rely heavily on the convenience, speed and efficiency of our digital devices to help us work, live and play. This requires greater awareness on not only about backing up our data but ensuring we use the best technology to help us do that.

Western Digital has built a trusted reputation among consumers and businesses alike with its range of storage options. As we become increasingly mobile, reliable portable external storage has become a necessity. You don’t have to know any of the technical details to become a boss of the backup because Western Digital makes backing up your work simple — so you can focus on living.

Just plug, install and relax to begin saving the content you make every day, like pictures, videos and more. Though features like auto-back up require some configuration and additional steps but once activated are easy to navigate. You pick the drive that’s right for you, and Western Digital can handle the rest with a range of devices in a variety of sizes and capacities, so you can find the storage solution that suits your data needs.

Whether we want to enjoy our collection of movies and music or have enough space to save those photos we took during a recent staycation, storage must go where we go. This is where the ultra-thin and modern design of WD’s My PassportTM external storage delivers exceptional performance. Extra protection is provided by the built-in AES hardware encryption to help keep your personal data safe.

My Passport portable storage is ready right out of the box including all necessary cables. It is available in capacities from 1TB to 5TB* based on your need as well as a choice of blue, white, red, and classic black colors. Mac users do not miss out either with the My Passport for Mac.

For exceptional performance look to Western Digital’s new portable SSD portfolio offering outstanding storage capacity. Save time storing and transferring data with powerful NVMe™ solid state performance featuring up to 2000MB/s** read and up to 2000MB/s** write speeds on the new SanDisk Extreme Pro® Portable SSD.

The latest My Passport SSD from WD also offers blazing fast NVMe TM technology with a bold metal design that is both stylish and durable. The drive is shock and vibration resistant and drop resistant up to 6.5 feet (1.98m), and comes in a range of colors including Gray, Blue, Red, Gold and Silver.

 Recognizing the extension of your PC to include smartphones and other devices, Western Digital has also developed a range of versatile and flexible mobile storage solutions. The SanDisk Ultra® Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C™ Flash Drive is equipped to easily move files between USB Type-C smartphone, tablets and Macs and USB Type-A computers, freeing up valuable space. With automatic back-up for photos, videos, music, documents and contacts with the SanDisk® Memory ZoneTM app1 for Android™ (available on Google Play™) you can manage your device’s memory and content effortlessly. With up to 1TB* of storage, files can be moved quickly with up to 150MB/s** read speeds. It is also small enough to be hooked up to a keyring, so it is always with the user.

For Apple users, invest in the iXpand Flash Drive Go from SanDisk. Designed to be the perfect companion for their iPhone or iPad2, the iXpand Go Flash Drive offers an easy way to free up space, automatically backs up the camera roll3, and even lets users watch popular-format videos straight from the drive. From there, you can transfer the files onto a Mac computer or PC or store them on the drive. Files are password protected so personal content remains private4. Available in sizes ranging from 64GB to 256GB* means there is an option for every requirement

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NITDA Celebrates World Backup Day

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NITDA Celebrates World Backup Day, SiliconNigeria

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) joins the public in celebrating WORLD BACKUP DAY. World Backup Day (31st March each year) originally began as World Backup Month.

The event was initiated by a hard drive company (Maxtor), which was later acquired by Seagate Technology. This year’s event is timely because reminders of data protection are needed more than ever due to the sudden global shift to work-from-home.

Furthermore, World Back-up Day aims to raise awareness concerning the role of data in our lives and consequently the importance of undertaking regular data backup.

Data backup is the process of keeping a clean second copy of any important digital content to guarantee availability; even when a computer crashes, cell phones or tablets get lost, data becomes corrupted, or gets destroyed by a virus.

A statement signed by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, with Nigeria’s drive for a vibrant Digital Economy, which intends to encourage both Public and Private Institutions to promote their services online, there is potential to generate a massive amount of data.

“Therefore, making a backup copy of your valuable data can make all the difference when data loss or a compromise occurs. NITDA encourages the public to safely store backup copies of all valuable data from servers, personal electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets regularly.”

According to her, NITDA advises the public to adopt the following for data backup:

1.       Individuals can back up data daily to an external storage device like Flash Drive, Memory Card, HardDisk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD), or Cloud Storage.

2.       Follow the 3/2/1 backup rule with three copies of your data, two on different media types, and one remote copy (cloud storage).

Be sure to backup your data regularly and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same, she added.

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MDXi Leads In Energy Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability

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MDXi Leads In Energy Efficiency Environmental Sustainability, SiliconNigeria

MDXi, West Africa’s largest carrier-neutral data Center and a fully owned subsidiary of MainOne, is leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emission in its quest to promote sustainable development.

The need to maintain equilibrium between human development and preserve the environment has brought huge focus on carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management. Globally, a considerable number of environmentally responsible firms are becoming more mindful of their carbon footprint and the impact it has on the communities in which they operate.

One of such organizations, MDXi, a primary provider of colocation and data center services to organizations across West Africa has over the years implemented policies that have significantly reduced its carbon footprint in its facilities.

In a recent interview, Mr. Gbenga Adegbiji, MDXi Chief Operating Office stated that“In January 2021, MDXi recorded 100% availability of supply from the national grid through the Eko Electric Distribution Company (EKEDC).  This excellent availability record meant the company did not have to run any of our four heavy duty generating sets, thereby saving a huge amount of carbon emissions, and contributing our own quota to the environment. The availability means stability of all facility equipment and more peace of mind for our customers aside from the added benefit of reducing carbon footprint,”.

He also explained “the company has started to reap the full benefits of its green power initiatives embarked upon some years ago with an investment of close to $1m in direct connection of its Lekki Data Center to the national grid in order to enjoy 100% power availability from the grid. “

Since it launched in 2015, MDXi has operated carrier-neutral facilities and harnessed MainOne’s network footprint not only to interconnect all major network and content providers in the West African sub region, but also enable ISPs and virtual network operators connect to the Data Centers to provide services to hosted customers. 

The organization has a focus on deliberate action and a commitment to doing what is right even though it comes at a high cost. Obtaining 100% of its power supply from the National Grid due to private investment implies the company can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. In addition, even before construction commenced, the organization ensured that the Data Center was positioned in a location with access to the national grid.

 “As a market leader in Data Center solutions, MDXi ensures that energy efficiency and environmental sustainability is a major aspect of our centers, like the upcoming Lekki 2 and Sagamu Data Centers and the new Appolonia Data Center (Accra) which received its Tier III design certifications and will be ready for commissioning in a couple of weeks” Adegbiji added.

There are ongoing efforts to explore additional green initiatives such as utilizing solar to generate power for the additional MDXi data center facilities located in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

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63% Organisation in META to Prioritize Investments Amid Covid-19- IDC

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63% Organisation in META To Prioritize Investments Amid Covid-19- IDC, SiliconNigeria

As the journey from crisis to recovery gets underway in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 63% of organizations across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey are set to prioritize investments in revamping their operations over the next 12-18 months. That’s according to an extensive survey carried out amongst the region’s foremost CIOs by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The global technology research, consulting, and events firm believes that the enablement of a Future Enterprise must be the end goal for any business looking to rapidly adapt and respond to any further business disruptions that lie in wait, with other key investment priorities for the period ahead including strengthening the workforce, developing new business models and partnerships, and creating new products and services. 

“IDC’s vision of the future enterprise is an organization that leverages technology to underpin every single process, initiative, and value chain,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. “These organizations are platform enabled, ecosystem centric, and fueled by innovation. To reach this state, organizations must prioritize the creation of dynamic work models, innovative services, and pervasive experiences. With this in mind, the journey to becoming a future enterprise requires organizations to transform across five key areas: customers, intelligence, operations, work and culture.”

The virtual edition of the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2021 on February 24-25 will navigate a broad range of themes that are central to this journey. Addressing the theme ‘Innovative Digital Strategies: Evolving to the Demands of a New Reality’ , the event will bring together senior business leaders, influential IT heads, and respected industry analysts to share their collective expertise on how best to meet the unique challenges of these unprecedented times. Hosted on IDC’s fully immersive virtual platform, the Summit will combine presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and individual technology tracks to give delegates a bird’s eye view of the current market situation and the very latest technological innovations.

IDC’s chief research officer, Meredith Whalen, will present the Summit’s keynote address, ‘The Future Enterprise: Developing Digital Resiliency’ , in which she will warn the region’s businesses that COVID-19 will not be the last disruption they face. “The digital economy — which relies heavily on the continued flow of goods and services around the globe, as well as on transformational technology platforms and business innovation — will create more cycles of disruption to business operations and models than any other economic period,” says Whalen. “Organizations looking to succeed in this new reality will need to employ a new C-Suite agenda if they are to become masters at pivoting rapidly, capitalizing on change, and driving innovation in times of uncertainty.”

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