IBM opens two new Mainframe Cloud Innovation Centers in Africa

Enterprise IT vendor IBM has opened two new Mainframe Cloud Innovation Centers at Nairobi and Johannesburg in Africa.

IBM said the new innovation centers in Africa will provide access to Big Data, Analytics, mobile and cloud computing technologies on the mainframe to help solve challenges across areas such as applied research and academic enablement.

The company will target clients, Business Partners and academic institutions.

IBM has a global network of over 40 Cloud Innovation Centers.

Pat Toole, general manager, System z, IBM, said: “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.”

In February, IBM announced two new Innovation centers in Nigeria and Morocco. The IBM Research Africa lab will also receive $100 million over the next ten years to create solutions for Africa through an initiative known as Project Lucy.

Last month, Ghana Government said it will be working with Yale University and IBM Research – Africa to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Ghana.

In addition, IBM through the ONE Campaign will work to help reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission to less than 5 percent by the year 2018, which would meet a goal set by the World Health Organization.

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