May 17, 2020

The 7 riskiest countries to store business data

Tom Wadlow
2 min
War torn countries are among the most risky places to store data, with growing online powers such as China and India also way behind the safest countrie...

War torn countries are among the most risky places to store data, with growing online powers such as China and India also way behind the safest countries in the world.

Combining independent data from the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Transparency International, Global IntAKE and Control Risk, the new international benchmark from Artmotion examines a range of key security factors - from the quality of digital infrastructure, to political instability, to the potential risk of natural disasters.

While not on the list below, emerging data centre power China were not far behind, falling below the likes of Russia, Sri Lanka and Rwanda. India also fared badly, coming in behind Iran in the rankings.

The seven most risky places to store data are as follows:

  1. Somalia (Data risk score – 92.9 percent)
  2. Afghanistan (88.3)
  3. Burundi (80.4)
  4. Yemen (79)
  5. Iraq (77.7)
  6. Syria (77.7)
  7. Central African Republic (74.4)

The benchmark identified Switzerland as the least risky nation for data storage, receiving a “potential risk score” of only 1.6 percent. This was followed by Singapore (1.9 percent) and Iceland (2.3 percent).

Commenting on the new report, Mateo Meier, CEO of Artmotion said: “More than ever, it is important for businesses and individuals to understand the impact that location can have on the privacy and security of their data.

“In the age of cloud computing, it’s easy to forget that every piece of information stored still requires a physical home, and that the geographic location of that home can have a serious impact on data privacy.”

“In support of this point, Data Danger Zones examines over 3.5 trillion IP addresses in 170 countries, providing one of the most comprehensive guides ever created for assessing data safety. Through this analysis we want businesses to be able to make a more informed decision of how and where to store their data, and have a better understanding whether or not it is truly safe.”

To download the full benchmark report, or to view an interactive map of the world’s data danger zones, visit www.artmotion.eu/risk-map

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Aug 3, 2021

Future-tech and IXAfrica: Full Life Cycle Expertise

IX Africa
Future-tech
3 min
James Wilman, CEO of Future-tech, on working with IXAfrica on Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre project.

Future-tech is unique among data centre consultancies for a number of reasons. Not only does the Reading-based firm have high levels of expertise in markets ranging from Helsinki to Johannesburg, but Future-tech offers services across the complete life cycle of a facility. 

 “We are involved with projects from the initiation to completion,” explains James Wilman, Future-tech’s CEO. “We go from initiation phase - which could mean the site selection process or technical due diligence for a merger or acquisition - all the way through establishing the brief, the various design stages, construction oversight, commissioning, operation, end of life cycle replenishment, and can start right back at the beginning with refurbishment.”  

While some factors, like the facility requirements for major tenants, remain the same no matter where you are, Wilman explains that “it's the environmental conditions, construction methodologies, supply chain, and skill sets available in different locations that vary, and that makes this a very interesting job.” 

Future-tech was selected by IXAfrica as the life cycle design strategic partner for its hyperscale campus project in Nairobi, Kenya. Wilman explains that, over the past year, Future-tech has been leveraging its strong local knowledge, working closely with Kenyan architects and engineers, and collaborating with both Guy Wilner and Clement Martineau, to help IXAfrica successfully deliver Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre. 

“Future-tech did its first project on the African continent in 2012 in Kenya. I've been involved in the data centre space there for a long time, and have known Guy for a number of years through projects and interaction in Europe,” says Wilman. “As the IXAfrica project came into being, Guy and I spoke about it as he knew that we were already quite familiar with the area. We assisted out with the initial planning and project design, and the relationship really grew from there.” 

Wilman adds that the experience helping Future-tech support the IXAfrica project has been hard-won. “It's been a steep learning curve, figuring out how to work in Africa. Some of our earlier projects were quite challenging, but we're fortunate to be at a point now where working throughout the region feels really comfortable,” he explains. “One of the things about Nairobi - which we found out when we were working on our first project in the city back in 2012 - is that, because it's about 1,200 metres above sea level, the altitude actually de-rates the onsite equipment. Having your equipment perform less well because of the altitude can massively impact the whole facility.” Understanding the factors that define a local environment can be the difference between success and disaster for a data centre, and Future-tech’s extensive experience in Kenya is a key supporting factor for IXAfrica’s success in Nairobi. 

Wilman has also developed a strong collaborative relationship with Guy and Clement. “We've got over a gigawatt of design projects going through our office at the moment with different clients, which means that we're always learning new things. What is refreshing about working with Guy and Clement is that when we bring them a new idea, they listen to us,” says Wilman. “We've had a good run in Nairobi with IXAfrica built off of a long relationship, and I hope we get to continue working with them on their future projects.”  

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