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Galaxy Backbone partners with Zadara to unleash Cloud services



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Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar, managing director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone, speaking during the Webinar

Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited has assured customers across public and private sectors of adequate cloud computing services through its partnership with Zadara.

Zadara is a cloud computing company founded in 2011, with headquarters in Irvine, California.

Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar, managing director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone, made the remark in his speech during Galaxy Backbone and ZADARA Cloud Services Webinar for businesses held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Speaking at the Webinar with the theme; Cloud Services & the Journey Towards a Digital Economy: Opportunities for Business Growth” he said that the partnership with ZADARA would strengthen GBB’s presence in delivering world class Cloud services that will be beneficial to the unique needs of public and private sector organizations across Nigeria.

Abubakar said:

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that drastically changed our lives; we would never have thought that we would be inviting you to an event where we will not have the pleasure of meeting physically with you, offering handshakes and engaging at close range.

Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar

Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar

“However the events of the last almost eighteen months have intensified that great saying that ‘change is the only constant thing in life’.

He said that GBB’s activities in the last couple of months have shown that a lot more people are spending more time online today “because that’s where our world has shifted to and the internet is no longer looked at as a mere gateway but a formidable platform as you would see from our interactions today, where billions of transactions going into billions of dollars can begin and end without people having to meet physically”.

Galaxy Backbone an agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

It is also a limited Liability company set up with clear objectives to deliver state of the art and world class digital and network communications services to both public and private sector organsations in the most efficient and cost effective way.

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Speaking on this, the MD said, “Our clearly outlined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) demand that we consistently raise the bar in terms of the services we offer in other to meet up with global standards that we are measured by and which continuously make us competitive in the market.

“In other words, we are Service Providers and our teams across our organization are measured on their capacity to provide excellent service delivery because they understand if we do not, we can’t meet up with financial obligations and will not have a business to run or deliver value to.


“Over the years, we have invested a lot in building a digital technology services infrastructure that is adaptable to the changes happening around us.

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“In our attempt at connecting the whole of Nigeria, we have laid high speed fibre connectivity infrastructure across 13 states of the country under the first phase of the National Information Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) project.

“In the coming two years we would have added over 19 more states to this completing our objective to connect the whole country so that we can intensify our value at providing connectivity and cloud services across board.


“Our state of the Art Tier III Datacentre, Network Management Centre and Security Operations Centre all come together as investments we have made to ensuring that as we help our growing number of clients adopt a cloud environment that is custom fit for them, they are rest assure that they are working with an organization committed to helping them deliver great services to their own customers in a safe and secure environment”.

He said that GBB has evolved greatly in the last two years.

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“We have re-engineered our operations to deliver a more efficient and effective service. We are also consistently investing in our people so that they are motivated to put out their best foot forward when engaging with you.

“Above all, we are closely listening to our customers and forming partnerships and collaborations like you see here today with ZADARA in other to meet the changing needs of our clients and consistently remain relevant to you.

“Galaxy Backbone has achieved quite a lot since its inception in 2006. Providing and deploring the infrastructure for connectivity and cloud services is what we do so well.

“The learning over the years and our commitment and the visionary leadership and support we continue to enjoy from the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has helped us record the significant improvements we have noted and our customers have testified to in our service delivery in the last few years.

“We are very confident that through the service we have put together with ZADARA today, we assure you we will deliver on your cloud services needs.


He thanked the Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for his consistent support to GBB in delivering service which “we believe will help digitally transform our country”.

In his presentation on Zadara Enterprise Cloud Edge, Tal Rotem, regional director S.EMEA & LATAM, said the company delivers enterprise-grade cloud services – compute, networking and storage – in an agile model, with 24/7 expert management — leaving the firms free to focus on their customers.


Cloud computing continues to made the headlines – Tal Rotem

He reiterated that cloud computing enables companies to simplify their storage, increase productivity with decrease in costs.

“What we are promising you is that by adopting cloud services you avoid large investments in storage infrastructure, convert CapEx storage to OpEx, reduce storage administration costs; redeploy people to higher-value tasks, Scale up or down as needed; and never pay for unused capacity”, Rotem said.

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Galaxy Backbone

The Regional Director also explained that zStorage Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) can be configured – and re-configured – on the fly for any storage workload. He called it “a single storage solution for: Any data type. Any protocol. Adjust on demand”.

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), will work assidioulsy to align the implementation of the Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) and the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT to support Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) in its partnership with the cloud services & storage partner, Zadara, can report.

Earlier in his keynote address, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general of NITDA, said the Agency will align the implementation of the Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) and the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT to support Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) in its partnership with the cloud services & storage partner, Zadara, can report.

The DG said that Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy encourages a cloud-first strategy in government.

“Its goals are to ensure a significant increase in the adoption of Cloud Computing among Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by 2024.

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Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general of NITDA

“It will also provide digital-enabled services to the government and ignite growth in Cloud Computing investments. At the same time, the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT offers guidelines for the hosting of all sovereign data within Nigeria.

“It aims to drive the required investments and build capacities for indigenous providers to thrive. Aligning your initiatives with these two essential regulatory instruments will enable you to create and capture tremendous value in cloud computing services.

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