, NAIROBI, Kenya May 13 – IBM has on Tuesday opened a new Mainframe Linux and Cloud Innovation Centre in Nairobi as it seeks to deliver high capacity technology solutions to Africa.
The facility will seek to provide clients, partners and academic institutions with access to extended big data, analytics and cloud computing technologies on the mainframe to help solve challenges across a broad spectrum of areas ranging from applied research to academic enablement.
IBM East Africa Country General Manager Nik Nesbitt says the Nairobi hub will deliver optimal economics per workload to clients and partners who will also be able to access global best practice through international network of centres.
“Cloud computing offers Kenya the unprecedented opportunity to fast track it’s increasing participation in global markets in spite of the comparative lack of the traditional infrastructure used to facilitate trade around the world,” said Nesbitt.
Nesbitt said the new centre will enrich the capability of both IBM and its 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.
In February, the company announced the opening of two new innovation centres in Nigeria and Morocco.
In March, the company also outlined how the IBM Research – Africa lab – the first of its kind on the continent – would be spending a fresh Sh8.7 billion ($100 million) investment over the next 10 years to bring cognitive computing solutions to Africa through an initiative known as ‘Project Lucy’.