Kenyans urged to utilise Konza Data Centre to accelerate digital transformation

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Kenyans have been asked to take advantage of the Konza National Data Centre to propel the country’s digital transformation. The Centre serves both government and enterprises with cloud computing services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The facility is located in Konza town in Machakos County, about 70 km from the capital, Nairobi.

This comes as the country’s cabinet secretary for ICT, Joe Mucheru, unveiled the  Kenya National Digital Master plan for the period 2022-2032 on Tuesday, during the annual Connected summit at Diani, in the coastal county of Kwale. The master plan proposes the acceleration of  the development of Konza Technopolis to promote cloud services and data management. 

The Principal Secretary (PS) of ICT and Innovation Jerome Ochieng’ says that the establishment will be a key element in the country’s digital economy.

“The Konza Data Centre positions itself very well in the sense that it is already connected to the government common core infrastructure which will provide an opportunity as primary sites and recovery site,” said the PS.

He added that the facility has already attracted organisations and the government will utilise it to manage the growing demand of data related services in Kenya. 

“We all know that data grows every day and we all need a facility to manage our data,” added Ochieng.  

The tier three data centre is open for both public and private organisations and presents opportunities on data isolation, storage and local hosting.

On his part, John Tanui, the Chief Executive Officer of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), noted that the facility will offer many ICT benefits to organisations

“We are looking forward to connecting various companies, both national and international, who are present here today.”

Tanui added that KoTDA was already in talks  with several leading local and international technology and software providers to ensure that data users can access the centre’s products as a package. 

The Konza Data Centre is also hosting innovators solutions and leveraging their technology to grow innovation. In March last year, four start-ups that won the Konza Israel Innovation Challenge secured an opportunity to pilot their innovations at the Konza Technopolis in a bid to provide solutions for the residents and investors setting up at the smart city.

The annual Connected Summit brings together government and private organisations to engage, share knowledge and find solutions to society’s challenges through ICT. More than 25 organisations drawn from the ICT sector were represented in the conference.  

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