Welcome to Issue 45 of Intelligent Tech Channels . A new focus report , produced by Oxford Business Group ( OBG ) in partnership with the Africa Data Centres Association ( ADCA ), has highlighted the opportunities for investors to help establish an ICT ecosystem that will be key in driving the continent ’ s economic transformation .
Titled Data Centres in Africa Focus Report , the publication explores the urgent need for more facilities offering these services to be rolled out against a backdrop of rising demand from industry players operating in the region ’ s increasingly digitised economy and significant capacity shortfalls .
In this regard , we continue to cover articles in this edition of the magazine addressing the data centre progression on the African continent .
Gracing the cover of this month ’ s edition , is Chris Norton , Regional Director – Africa , Veeam , who tells us how the company is strengthening channel partnerships across Africa as it continues to grow its business on the continent .
Among the many insights , Norton shares that : “ With threats of ransomware being part of the ‘ new normal ’ and very much so in Africa , it ’ s become imperative that customers ensure they have more than just a backup , but that they can recover from any cyberattack . As Veeam is a 100 % channel organisation , we work closely with our channel partners and alliances to drive our strategy to our end-users .” You can read more by turning to page 19 . This month ’ s Expert Speak comes from Vangelis Lagousakos , General Manager – Channel Sales , MERAT – Dell Technologies , who outlines how channel partners have a significant role to play when it comes to reinforcing resilience and confidence in secure Digital Transformations .
And don ’ t forget to find out about this month ’ s channel chiefs on pages 61 to 64 . The interviewees are Hydar Al Ammar , Senior Director , Strategic Alliances APJ , Seismic and Babatunde Abagun , Channel Sales Manager , West , East and Central Africa , Nutanix .
And , as usual , we have all of your favourite features and news from around the regions – check our website for daily updates . I hope you enjoy this edition and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have anything you would like to share with regards to the channel . You can email me at manda @ lynchpinmedia . co . uk .