Kenya to host Amazon cloud services hub

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to set up a hub in Kenya to bolster the American technology giant’s grip on the lucrative data hosting market.

The AWS Local Zone will join 16 other similar centres in the US and an additional 32 set to be launched in 26 countries around the world later this year.

“Local zones will empower more public and private organisations, innovative startups and AWS partners to deliver a new generation of leading edge, low-latency applications to end users,” said AWS Regional Lead for East, West and Central Africa Robin Njiru.

“Customers can take advantage of the cost savings, scalability and high availability that AWS provides.”

Mr Njiru made the announcement at theConnected Kenya Summit in Diani, Kwale that has brought together dozens of ICT industry leaders and stakeholders from the region.

“The new AWS Local Zone in Kenya is a continuation of our investment to support customers of all kinds and our commitment to accelerate innovation by bringing cloud infrastructure to more locations in the country,” he said.

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