Government has been requested to implement the fibre-based broadband connectivity plan to pave way for more private sector investment in cloud computing infrastructure. The infrastructure provides an effective means of accessing, storing, and sharing data among IT users.

Government has been requested to implement the fibre-based broadband connectivity plan to pave way for more private sector investment in cloud computing infrastructure. The infrastructure provides an effective means of accessing, storing, and sharing data among IT users.

This follows after C4DLab held a two day East Africa Cloud Summit in Nairobi. The conference themed ‘Building the African Cloud’ featured prominent individuals engaging in cloud computing services from across the East African region. Major issues discussed included: policy and regulatory environment of cloud services, status of adoption of cloud services, constraints to adoption of cloud services, sectoral case studies of cloud deployment in East Africa, among others.

University of Nairobi, Professor of ICT, School of Computing and Informatics, Timothy Waema, said “Given the potential of cloud computing for the economy of this nation, in that it can create efficiency in virtually all sectors including health, finance, agriculture and so forth, there is need for every Kenyan to go for an effective means of accessing, storing, and sharing data that is offered by cloud computing.”

He further explained that the shift to cloud has majorly been hampered by the scarcity of fast and efficient Internet connectivity that can only be provided by fibre-based broadband connectivity.

IBM East Africa has been facilitating the use of cloud computing technologies to ensure that data is available to any user. To this effect it runs a platform dubbed Bluemix, which facilitates innovators to develop solutions for clients.  Microsoft has also launched the latest infrastructure Azure Cloud in 2015 to enable businesses deploy cost-efficient IT solutions virtually. This is expected to increase business-consumer connection for a growing list of customers.Cloud technology seeks to address mass data storage and management challenges such as data loss and backlog that often causes system downtimes.

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