CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

15 May 2014

Kenya: IBM Opens Cloud Centre in Nairobi

Nairobi — IBM, the United States technology giant, announced the opening of a new cloud innovation centre in Kenya.

Located in Nairobi, it is one of two such centres in the continent as IBM it seeks to extend its commitment to delivering high capacity technology solutions to Africa.

Another has opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Linked to IBM's global network of over 40 Cloud Innovation Centers, the new mainframe facilities are the latest in a series of investments IBM has made to develop more capacity in Africa in the last four months.

“Cloud computing offers African countries the unprecedented opportunity to fast track their increasing participation in global markets in spite of the comparative lack of the traditional infrastructure used to facilitate trade around the world,” said Pat Toole, General Manager, System, IBM.

“Powered by our System z technology, these hubs will deliver optimal economics per workload to our clients and Business Partners who will also be able to access global best practice through our international network of centers.”

The la in Kenya seeks to provide clients, IBM Business Partners and academic institutions with access to extended Big Data, Analytics, mobile and cloud computing technologies on the mainframe to help solve challenges across a broad spectrum of areas ranging from applied research to academic enablement.

In February, the company announced two new Innovation centres in Nigeria and Morocco.

The IBM Research - Africa lab - the first of its kind on the continent - will also receive $100 million over the next ten years to create solutions for Africa through an initiative known as ‘Project Lucy'.

Africa is expected to be part of an anticipated $3, 47 billion being spent on high value infrastructure projects this year, and private companies, IT partners, public sector heads and academics are anxious to better understand how technology can help transform their processes.

The new centers will enrich the capability of both IBM and its Business Partners to deliver cloud-based solutions around analytics and mobile to governments, the private sector and enhance understanding of System z technology by academic students as seen in the recently concluded Master the Mainframe competitions held in Kenya and South Africa.

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