Pan-African cloud-based digital service provider inq. has announced that they are now a strategic managed security services partner of Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack.

The aim of the partnership is to meet the increasing need for cybersecurity solutions in
Africa and provide customers with security for connectivity and application tools to
minimise their risk.

“inq has benefited immensely from implementing Elastic’s security solutions across all of our operations in seven countries. We now want to enable our customers with the same tools to provide them with visibility across their networks, servers, security and advance their threat detection,” Andile Ngcaba, Chairman inq. said.

“We are confident inq. will add key value to our customers through Elastic and help our customers accelerate their digital business model.”

Elastic makes data usable in real-time and at scale for enterprise search, observability,
and security.

Elastic’s solutions are built on a single free and open technology stack that can be deployed anywhere to instantly find actionable insights from any type of data; from finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats.

“.inq is a leading digital service provider in Africa, and we are delighted to partner with them to help strengthen customers’ cybersecurity,” Doug Farber, vice president of global alliances and channels, said.


“inq’s deep understanding and connections within the African market combined with Elastic’s technology will enable .inq to provide customers with new and better innovations for managing cybersecurity for complex environments, and scale faster in their existing markets.”

inq. has points of contacts in 12 African cities, Johannesburg, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kanu and Abidjan.

“inq. and Elastic are matched perfectly by their high rating for diversity and leveraging from a wide variety of minds in creating powerful solutions,” said Ngcaba.

inq. wants to be Africa’s number one artificial intelligence (AI) service provider.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. is a subsidiary of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, the fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across subSaharan Africa.

Convergence Partners, which is owned by Ngcaba, is an investment management firm focused on the TMT sector in Africa.

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inq., a Pan-African digital service provider, has teamed up with Nasdaq and Stockholm-listed Enea.

The Pan-African cloud-based digital service provider has selected Enea NFV Access as the
virtualization and management software for the its universal CPE platform.

inq. will initially provide enterprises with managed services for security, software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN), and application delivery controllers (ADC’s), while expanding the portfolio with additional managed services.

The company’s universal CPE platform will ensure that all these services are well-positioned in terms of cost and performance.

The uCPE architecture with Enea NFV Access gives inq. the flexibility to offer a choice of
virtual network functions and the possibility of adding functionality on-demand to uCPE devices already deployed. It is orchestrated centrally through the inq. Control platform, which provides a single management console for an entire network.

Furthermore, Enea NFV Access provides the inq. universal CPE with a compact and open virtualization layer including end-to-end management of the platform and the virtual network functions. It also enables full automation including zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) through the inq. Control platform.


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