Web Hosting in NigeriaA Value Proposition for Local Hosting in Nigeria
Web Hosting in Nigeria: Off-The-Grid Power
It is well documented that electricity generation and distribution is a perennial challenge in Nigeria.
Web Hosting servers on the other hand need power. Lots of it. A good web hosting service would be online 24 hours every day of the year. For this to be possible, power supply has to be reliable. It has to be very reliable.
Web4Africa's hosting presence in Nigeria is located in a Tier-III award-winning world-class datacentre. The datacentre operates 100% off the national power grid. A chain of technical redundancy in their power supply setup guarantees an uninterrupted supply of power to our servers and network equipment. There are also layers of monitoring systems to reduce the chances of power disruption. All fuel supplies for the power generating plants are tested and only ones that meet their stringent quality standards are accepted. Scheduled and routine maintenance of all power equipment are vigorously followed. Also, the datacentre supplies power to our rack via two independent feeds.
On our part, all our servers have redundant power units and tap from the independent power feeds supplied by the datacentre. Some equipment without dual-power units are powered through an automatic transfer switch. Thus, the chain of power redundancy and reliability is complete.
While all of these come at a premium, the benefits of local hosting far outweighs the initial cost and at the right scale, the cost becomes more accessible to all.
Web Hosting in Nigeria: A Network Performance Overview
Web4Africa had commissioned some web hosting equipment in a Tier-III datacentre in Lagos Nigeria. We own and manage our network infrastructure and are peering locally at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). This gives us direct IP connectivity to the networks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Carriers that are peering locally in Nigeria.
Local hosting is critical for any country that wants to develop its internet infrastructure. An Internet Exchange is therefore pivotal to local content development and hosting. This is the role the IXPN plays. Two key technical benefits of local hosting are ultra-low latency and high speed connectivity to the local hosting servers.
Our 1Gbps connectivity to the IXPN meant we could test local Internet traffic flows and performance.
This page brings the potential network performance to fore. This is in no way an endorsement nor a critique or any particular ISP but an objective analysis of the potential speed offered by local web hosting. The tests were conducted in the early hours of the morning. Thus, performance during peak business hours could be slightly varied.
The speed tests below were done using Ookla's ubiquitous Speedtest.net tool from one of our servers in Nigeria. Only Nigerian networks that are part of Speedtest.net and actively peering in Nigeria are highlighted below:
How does this apply to an Internet user in Nigeria?
Superb network performance to a hosting server is now within reach of residents of Nigeria.
Say one deploys a Virtual Server with Web4Africa and uses it for file management, files can be uploaded/downloaded at very high speed.
A software developer can easily upload and test his/her web applications in real-time, especially latency-sensitive applications.
Several applications also rely on super-low latency, for optimal performance. Online gaming, VoIP calls, live video streaming etc.
Web4Africa, a leading pan-African web hosting company and accredited domain registrar has extended its web hosting infrastructure to Nigeria, making it the first web hosting company to do so.
From an award-winning Tier-III data centre in Lagos Nigeria, Web4Africa is poised to offer its regular services from its West African network Point-of-Presence. These services include: shared Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting and Cloud Hosting.
To offer the very best experience to residents of Nigeria, Web4Africa is peering openly at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), with a 100Mbps connectivity to all the leading operators openly available at the exchange point in Lagos.
From the Nigeria data centre, Web4Africa has access to clean, 100% stable and redundant power supply, as well as top-notch physical security.
We are in Africa and Africa is in us. We are committed to bringing world-class web hosting to Africa and Africans, meeting the needs of businesses and other entities. Our extension to Lagos Nigeria is one of the first steps towards this goal.
The installed infrastructure has been carefully engineered for excellence with speed and redundancy built into every layer of the hardware.
Residents of Nigeria would have access to low-latency and high-speed data hosting services with varying service options targeted at developers, SMEs, NGOs, corporates and government departments.