The closer the better - This is the simple solution to high latency and data sovereignty issues in Nigeria.

Latency in terms of cloud services refers to the delay that occurs between requests to a server in the cloud and the response. Latency determines the effectiveness of your cloud hosting which can be especially prone to latency issues. High latency is bad for most businesses that use cloud computing as an essential part of their operation, especially when your work involves high traffic or large data transmission. For example, AJAX-based interfaces can be affected by high latency because of constant pull-push of the XML and JavaScript that is employed by these interfaces. High latency can also cause jitter (affects call quality and transmission) for video telephony and VoIP.

It is almost inconceivable that any business at this time and age, using computers, do not use one form of cloud product or the other, including cloud hosting.

One major factor that typically causes high latency in cloud services is the number of communication hops from router to router. These number of hops generally depend on the geographical location of the server you are trying to connect to. The more the distance, the more the hops. Therefore, where your cloud server is physically hosted becomes important to reduce latency.

Another major issue that involves the geographical location of data when it comes to cloud computing is data sovereignty. Most countries, by law, require organisations to keep some types of data within the country of origin. Some put restrictions on the transmission of such data. Nigeria for instance, through The Office for the Nigerian Content in Information and Communication Technology, makes it compulsory for all government agencies’ data to be hosted within Nigeria. The Office issued guidelines on "Nigerian Content Development in Information & Communication Technology" and made it mandatory for government data to be kept in Nigeria.

Similarly the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation (RTS Regulation) in 2011 provided that the telephone subscribers’ information shall not be transferred outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The obvious reason for data sovereignty is implied in the idea of ‘sovereignty’. Data hosted outside the territories of a state is subject to local laws in the host country which may not be favourable to the host country. It is also outside the control of the country of origin.

The solution to latency and data sovereignty concerns in Nigeria is to host your data closer to you, geographically. That would mean hosting it locally, here in Nigeria.

Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to do that without incurring unreasonable and unjustifiable expense for a business. However, Cloudwafer offers highly available cloud hosting, Virtual Private Servers and Colocation services to businesses at affordable rates with the opportunity scale without stress.

Cloudwafer owns and operates its multi-homed, fully redundant BGP peered network in an enterprise-class Tier III Datacenter facility based in Lagos, Nigeria. We use premium upstream providers such as Etisalat, MTN, Broadbased and Vodacom.

Cloudwafer, therefore, presents the perfect solution to Nigerian businesses who want to solve the problem of high latency and adhere to data sovereignty rules while still getting high-performance cloud services without breaking the bank.