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A Message From The President

December 10, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 70

Thinking locally, acting Globally - Taking NIRA Everywhere
  

The Quarterly NIRA Accredited Registrars’ Forum held on Friday, 4th of December 2015 with many Registrars attending either physically at the NiRA Office Complex or participating online. We discussed the successes recorded by .ng in 2015, based on the identified strategic drivers that are pivotal to our success. We discussed the technological innovations, business strategies and operational excellence that are NiRA’s priorities. We also outlined the 2016 strategies, including our plan to embark on an extensive online campaign to advocate and promote the adoption of .ng. 
It was an engaging experience, with those in attendance making very useful contributions. We plan to harmonize all these ideas for the growth of the .ng brand and the DNS Industry in Nigeria. We were all reminded that .ng is the Nigerian Online identity and we must all work hard to positively project it. To all Registrars, Thank you for taking the time out, and for your contributions.
 
From the 28th of November to the 4th of December 2015, yours truly chaired the AFRINIC-23 meeting which held at Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. It was an enriching and rewarding experience. There were Number Resources Management trainings, workshop activities and plenary sessions. The relationship between Domain name Management and Number Resources Management cannot be overemphasized. I count myself very lucky to be contributing to the Names strategy at the National level, and the Numbers strategy at the Continental level. It is a very rewarding experience.
 
Yesterday, I declared open the Computer Village Expo 2015 (CVE 2015) organized by Technology Times, Nigeria’s leading Technology news platform. The CVE ’15 brought together stakeholders, industry players, sector leaders and investors to explore the opportunities, identify the challenges andset an agenda for the way forward for the Computer Village, Otigba, Lagos Nigeria’s largest technology market. This maiden edition presents an opportunity to promote the .ng brand to and at the biggest technology market in West Africa and provides opportunities for exhibitors to showcase innovative consumer and business technologies. The event runs from 8th to 12th December 2015 at The Haven Events Centre, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.  NIRA and its Accredited Registrars are participating at the Expo, showcasing the .ng brand.

Earlier in the month, We continued with our partnership program, working with our Accredited Registrars for the free entrepreneurial training on Web Development using Content Management System (CMS). It was also an interesting time for those youths who participated. NiRA Academy equally conducted a training to enhance the IT skills of some members of the public as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility.
 
I have no doubt that NiRA is empowering youths, creating wealth and building a prominent space for our registry in the future of Nigeria. If you are surrounded by youths, please encourage them to improve on their IT skills, which would definitely create job opportunities and ultimately develop our economy. Let us continue to think locally, while acting globally.
 
Your President,
Rev’d Sunday Folayan
 

TECH SPEAK


CLOUD COMPUTING

A Computer cloud can be described as a number of computers connected into a network such that they remain decentralized but able to interact collaboratively and selectively via the Internet.  
This is an aggregate of networks of computers, and the delivery of tiny packages of information invisibly over the Internet. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.
 
With Cloud Computing, access can be granted to digital devices to shared resources (information and software) in the cloud. Computing services are offered online at a fee. It eliminates the need to store everything on a physical computer.
 
There are various cloud computing services on offer and a company’s choice is dependent on its IT needs. Some companies opt for these services to save on investments in IT infrastructure. Services on offer include Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The cloud services may be private or public.
 
BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING

  1. Ability to refresh an aging infrastructure: One can have access to the latest IT Infrastructure without incurring capital expenditure costs.
  2. Wide accessibility and independence: Depending on the need, one has access to an application or data without a physical computer connection, providing greater flexibility in delivering IT services.
  3. Backup:  Data is stored securely in the cloud and should there be a loss of data in a physical device, the data is easily available if stored in the cloud.
  4. Prorated Pricing: Pricing is metered or based on usage.
  5. Lower hardware cost: This is an economical way to provide IT services at a flexible price and support more users.
  6. Fewer Maintenance Issues: Maintenance challenges are outsourced with the purchase of the service. Less maintenance staff are needed within an organization. Available staff are freed for other projects.

 
DISADVANTAGES OF THE CLOUD

  1. Security and Privacy Vulnerability: People are wary about having their data on a platform they don’t have control over and on who can possibly have access to their data.
  2. Dependency of Outsourced Company: People can be wary about depending on the staff of the outsourced company, with possible downtime and lack of support.
  3. Cost related Challenges: One must be completely aware of the price of all costs associated with offered services.
  4. Inflexibility: Care must be taken to ensure available services are provided on flexibility systems and not proprietary systems and solutions.
  5. Dependency on Browser Reliability:  Problems with a browser capabilities and reliability may significantly degrade the user experience.
  6. Internet Dependency: Access to the services is dependent on the speed of the available Internet service.

Cloud Computing in Nigeria

With the available bandwidth services in Nigeria, there is the potential market for the services of cloud computing. There are several companies in Nigeria now providing the infrastructure with flexible, highly available and fully secure private computing environments to companies on a Pay-as-you-Go basis. The trend is catching up in Nigeria with several companies in Nigeria offering cloud computing services.. Most companies that opt for cloud computing, usually start slowly with less critical applications and information in the cloud before migrating their critical applications to the cloud.
 
In conclusion, though cloud computing provides great opportunities for companies to offload cost and management challenges, the security and privacy vulnerability of the company determines when, how and what type of cloud computing the company decided on, if at all.


NEWS!


ICANN Study About the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry and Business in Africa   
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) seeks a provider to conduct a study on the domain name industry in Africa.  The goal of the study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available. The study is part of the ICANN's Africa Strategic Plan, reviewed in 2014, which defined four key areas of interest as strategic focus for the region. Two of those, namely Capacity Building and Outreach and Economic Concerns consider the different areas and opportunities available to further develop the domain name industry in Africa.

The study will include data, analysis, and recommendations. The final report of the study should be delivered no later than 30th April 2016. An intermediary report should be provided in March 2016.
 
For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please click here.

 


Domain Name Registrations – January to November 2015
The domain name registration in November 2015 was higher compared to the registrations in the past three months of this year. The renewal rate hovered around the same figure as the previous month. In general, from January to November 2015, 20,324 new domain names were registered, 13,248 domain names were renewed and so in total, 33,572 domain names were registered and renewed.
Since January 2015, full accreditation as a NiRA Accredited Registrar had been granted to four applicants and another applicant undergoing training in December, 2015.  We are hopeful that with full accreditation of more Registrars, this would provide more opportunities for creating awareness of the .ng brand.


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UPCOMING EVENTS



Date:  December 8-12, 2015
Venue: The Haven Event Centre, Oba Akinjobi Way,Ikeja, GRA, Lagos, Nigeria

Africa Do main Name System Forum 2016


Date: 4th to 6th March 2016
Venue: Palmeraie Conference Center
Circuit de la Palmeraie BP 1488 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

ICANN55 | Marrakech

Date: 5th to 10th March 2016
Venue: Palmeraie Conference Center
Circuit de la Palmeraie BP 1488 40000
Marrakech, Morocco.
 

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