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Back up yor data!

Back up yor data!

By Peter Karon
Green Enterprise Solution.

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and most of us already have one foot out the door. Thinking about trips to be taken and dinners and drinks to be had and made.

However, without sounding like a killjoy there’s something essential you need to do. Whether at home or at work, please back up all work, pictures, data and anything else that may be stored on computers, laptops, iPads or smart devices.

Losing data is probably the single most catastrophic thing that can happen to an organization. But, it’s not just companies, imagine losing all your photographs of weddings, births, kids growing up, graduations and holidays…simply because you thought or assumed data was backed up. Not to mention legal documents, financial statements, the fall-out would be disastrous and in some cases by not backing up data you would be breaking the law.

We create fail-saves in lots of situations and double-check that we are safe and secure. From checking your climbing gear to having the pilot do safety and fallback or contingency checks in case something breaks down. Carrying your spare tire in the boot of your car is basically a back-up.

So, it would seem logical and sensible with something as important as data that you would have a fail-safe of some kind. Just think; computers break down, get stolen, there are power surges and outages that effects the equipment or maybe even a hacker with bad intentions steals or hijacks your data.

Not a question of trying to scare people into backing up data, however data is easily lost and backing up could actually not be simpler these days. On top of that, for many organizations it is now a legal requirement to keep data of customers and financial records as well as any other data. Losing data to a coffee spill or theft won’t be a good enough excuse. In fact, there’s no excuse.

You can use cloud-storage solutions, you probably already do for your personal data through Google-drive, DropBox or through Apple’s iCloud storage. Some people may even double up and use a physical hard drive to back up data as well. Whatever you use, knowing your data is backed-up no matter what happens, will give you peace of mind. These days it couldn’t be easier. Cloud storage solutions are the simplest way of backing up data and preventing data loss whatever happens.

Data can be automatically backed up, stored off-site or in the Cloud and there’s no duplication of data. This creates easy and efficient storage.

Every year, organizations large and small produce reams of information, terabytes of the stuff. This information is vital for the survival of the company. From financial records, to customer data to expensive software that runs machines and keeps the company’s operation flowing smoothly it all generates data that needs to be backed up.

Whether the organization is large or small, their responsibility to safeguard information and data is no less. Companies and organizations will expose themselves to lawsuits, criminal damages and immense fines if they cannot ensure that their clients’ data is protected and stored.

So, before going off on holiday double-check and ensure that you have your data backed up and that your organization has proper back-ups and back-ups of back-ups as a catastrophic failure could be just around the corner. No one wants to hear; should have, could have, would have but didn’t… when it comes to storing your data securely.

Go into the holiday season with peace of mind and your data backed up!


 

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.