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Nigerian Breweries Launches Stella Lager Beer into Nigerian Market

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Nigerian Breweries, Nigeria’s biggest brewer, has launched an exciting new brand that captures the changing face of the beer market.

 

Stella Lager Beer was unveiled into the Nigerian market on Wednesday at the Grand Ballroom, Eko Hotel and Suites in the presence of key stakeholders and consumers

 

Nigerian Breweries, Known for its quality brands and market-defining products, launched this specially brewed International lager beer into the market to the satisfaction of millions of beer lovers in the country.

 

Present at the unveiling of Stella Lager Beer were representatives from Nigerian Breweries, including Franco Maria Maggi, Marketing Director Nigerian Breweries, Tokunbo Adodo, Portfolio Manager Premium Lager Brands, Oreoluwa Kolawole, Brand Manager Global Brands amongst others.

 

Stella Lager was Birthed in 1897 and crafted by Belgian Master Brewers, it is a product of a very innovative and unique brewing technique.

 

The finest malted barley, high quality hops, and the best quality water come together to make this new offering.

 

Stella Lager Beer is original in its recipe and brewing process

 

Speaking on the launch of Stella Lager, The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Franco Maria Maggi, saidthat,“Nigerian Breweries is passionate about delivering quality and consistent value to our consumers.

 

“We are excited by the wide acceptance our products continue to receive amongst consumers.

 

“Over the years, we have worked hard to earn the trust of our consumers, introducing Stella Lager Beer is our way of assuring millions of beer lovers that we will continue to innovate to deliver superior products and value to them at every ask.”

 

Unconventional in its recipe, brewing process and taste, Stella Lager Beer is unique for its name, its great quality and its premium heritage.

 

It delivers a refined and consistently smooth lager taste with intense refreshment.

 

It is the preferred choice for upwardly mobile, knowledgeable and confident young Nigerian men with a genuine sense of self in a world buzzing with many loud and conflicting voices.

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MDXi’s Investment to Hit N12.2Bn

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Gbenga Adegbiji, General Manager, MDXi

MDXi has announced plans to inject fresh N2.5 billion investments to strengthen its operations in Nigeria, raising its investment stake from N10.7 billion in phase one to N12.2 billion in the current phase two. This fresh investment will enhance and raise its capacity in local data hosting from 300 to 600 racks.

Gbenga Adegbiji, General Manager, MDXi, made the disclosure during a media tour of the MDXi Data Centre facilities in Lagos recently, said the need for expansion was based on customer’s demand, having occupied almost all the available space left in the existing 300 rack space that was built in 2015, during the first phase construction of its data centre located in Lekki axis of Lagos

Adegbiji added that since 2015 when MDXi data centre was launched, the management had spent a total of $35 million, estimated at N10.7 billion in current naira valuation, the company has sunk into building capacity in the last five years to create a world-class data service centre.

In a passionate message to the Federal Government, the GM said the time has come for the government to make stronger policies to ensure that private sector and organs of state host very important critical national data for security and economic reasons.

“Government must know the importance of data domestication in Nigeria. When data is hosted abroad the outside world gets our data before us because they have access to it,” he said, adding that Nigerian Banks now know the value of local data hosting.

“Over 70% of Nigerian Banks host data at MDXi and out of the 22 banks in Nigeria, 21 among them have something to do with MDXi data centre. MDXi expansion from 300 racks to 600 racks is as a result of increasing customer needs”, he stated.

Adegbiji said, more than 70 percent of the current capacity of 300 racks is already occupied and the rest are already paid for. “By March this years, our current capacity will be exhausted. That is why we have embarked on expansion for another 300 racks. In fact, some companies are already booking for space in the new space.

He admitted that data centre business is capital intensive, therefore called on federal government to support data centre operations in Nigeria.

He said, there was the need for proper regulation of data centre in the country and called on the government to declare data centre operation as critical national infrastructure that needs government attention because of the critical role it plays in the economy of any country.

Giving details of MDXi operations in Nigeria, Adegbiji said, “MDXi is West Africa’s largest full-scale data centre provider offering colocation, wholesale deployments, interconnection and cloud services.

MDXi is the gold standard for data centre real estate in the region as it develops a data centre eco-system spanning facilities in Lagos, Sagamu, Accra, and Code D’Ivoire and Senegal.”

According to Adegbiji, MDXi is best in class infrastructure, built to TIA 942 and Uptime Institute as serves as West Africa’s Tier III Standards, which as serves as West Africa’s Tier III facility with PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and 9001 certifications.

MDXi customers have direct access to all major telecom carrier and Internet Service Provider (ISP) networks in West Africa, multiple peering exchanges in Nigeria, Ghana, Amsterdam, and London, offering cloud services in addition to data hosting.

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Oracle Forecasts Big Things for Big Data this Year

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Companies generate massive amounts of data, and this will rise exponentially as new computers and sensors are connected to the system.

This huge amount of data is unusable if companies do not know how to manage it and transform it effectively.

Multinational computer technology corporation Oracle forecasts 2018 will be the year when laggards will finally make the move to cloud, late adopters of big data will see immense benefits straight away, and those using artificial intelligence (AI) will drive the most insights.

Samina Rizwan, Oracle senior director for big data and analytics for Middle East and Africa, says Oracle has been in the business of big data since before it became the buzzword it is today.

She says the conversation around big data should be expanded to include analytics, AI, the Internet of things (IOT) and machine learning (ML), all encapsulated in the cloud.

“In the end, we are talking about a data management cycle, and managing all data – not just packets.”

She notes there is huge curiosity around big data at the moment in the innovative space of technology, although adoption is still new to some businesses.

However, this will change this year, as companies see the benefits and realise they will be left behind if they don’t catch up.

Rizwan pointed to a study by Forrester, which predicts businesses that use AI, big data and IOT to uncover new business insights will take $1.2 trillion per annum from their less informed peers by 2020.

Rizwan says her first prediction for this year is that companies that have not yet implemented a cloud or hybrid solution will soon do so.

“We have seen that 80% of data is moving towards cloud; very soon a lot more of the remaining data will too.

“The advantages that users are telling us about are far outweighing on-site data storage advantages.”

Rizwan says she does not know of any region in the Middle East and Africa that is ignoring cloud.

In a survey of Oracle cloud clients, the company found: “Cloud-mature companies have greater capacity for data analytics.

More than 60% of the cloud-mature group report a greater ability to analyse most types of data, in addition to improved automation and visualisation, based on ML. More than half also point to strong capabilities with non-relational data.”

Rizwan says: “We are seeing fewer and fewer companies deciding to stay on-premises. The CIOs of today are no different from the CIOs from yesterday. They want flexibility, some quick wins along the way, and need to show business value.

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MDXi Emerges Toast of Banks in Data Centre Outsourcing

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MDXi Data Centre, a subsidiary of MainOne Cable Company has become the toast of money deposit banks in the country in outsourcing of their data centre services as directed by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mr Gbenga Adegbiji, general manager, MDXi Data Centre, said that 70 percent of banks in the country are now hosting their data with his company in line with directive by CBN that Banks should upgrade their data centres to Tier 111.

He explained that MDXi Data Center became toast of Banks because of its standard and processes which is of international standard and has also met CBN standard in certification among others.

“Data hosting has assumed a new dimension with organisation embracing off-site hosting of data whereby data hosting is handled by a hosting company unlike in the past where banks host their without even taking note of what goes on the building next to where the bank is located,” he said.

He disclosed that the MDXI Data Centre followed stringent rules both in the construction and management of the Centre explaining that the Centre operates concurrent maintainability, which means that there is no downtime when maintenance is going on.

Adegbiji while revealing that the data centre was built out of the demand of customers, who were receiving other services from the MainOne cable company, stressed that the investment made on the centre was not a one-off investment.

According to him, the business of data centre survives basically on the provision of the required infrastructure stressing that despite the huge investment made by data centres, Nigeria is still far from building the needed infrastructure.

He said Nigeria needs to move fast in tackling the infrastructure challenges since society has moved into the sphere of technology adding that government also needs to understand the dynamic role of technology in developing the economy.

Adegbiji revealed that the firm had so far invested $35 million out of the planned $40 million, adding that MDXi is the only data centre that guarantees 100 percent power uptime availability.

He said the MDXi, which is West Africa’s premier resilient, vendor-neutral data centre, is also the only data centre with direct connections to four submarine cables within 10km: ACE, WACS, Glo 1, MainOne.

The general manager explained that with its data centre and submarine cable, MainOne operates a central hub, which supports West Africa’s connectivity, cloud and data needs.

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