IBM has announced the opening of two new Mainframe Cloud Innovation Centres in a move by the U.S. technology company to explore stakes in the African tech market.
Located in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa, the labs will provide IBM clients, business partners and academic institutions with access to extended big data, analytics, mobile and cloud computing technologies on the mainframe.
IBM says that these technologies will help to solve challenges across a broad spectrum of areas ranging from applied research to academic enablement.
Pat Toole, General Manager of IBM said that “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.”
According to him, “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 centres.”
Technology Times reported in February that the US technology giant announced two new Innovation centres in Nigeria and Morocco to to create solutions for Africa through an initiative known as ‘Project Lucy’.