WINDHOEK: Namibia Power utility (NamPower) has donated its two old data storage systems with a combined capacity of 50 terabytes (TB) valued N.dollars 500 000 to University of Namibia (Unam) and Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
These systems can also be referred to disks, which used by companies and institutions to store large amounts of data.
Speaking at the hand over here on Thursday, NamPower’s Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba said NamPower has recently upgraded its technology to newer data storage systems thus, old systems are no longer suitable for their environment.
“The fact that the systems are no longer compatible with our environment does not mean that they are obsolete. They are still in a very good condition and can be put to good use elsewhere and hence NamPower’s decision to donate them to two institutions,” Shilamba said.
He said these institutions have the need for storage of their test environment and they have necessary infrastructure and capacity to use such big storage systems.
Although the institutions have the need for such storage space, Shilamba said these are costly and they don not necessarily have the budget for them.
He said the company chose two institutions as a needy institutions with necessary capacities to effectively utilize the systems and as partner in support of development of education sector in the country.
“We feel sure that the data storage systems will add value tin terms of operations of the two institutions,” he said.
Unam’s director of Information Technology (IT) Nebot Uushona and PoN’s Director of Bureau of Computer Services Laurent Evrard welcomed the donation and promised to put it in good use.