Hitachi launches new storage platform

By Ruth Mutegi

The new Storage Virtualization Operating System hopes to improve Cloud Computing services in the country

Technology firm Hitach Data Systems, has launched a new Storage Virtualization Operating System in a bid to improve Cloud Computing services in the country.

Hitachi System Chief Operations Officer Tony Reid says, though the uptake of cloud computing in Kenya has been slower than expected, there could be an increased uptake as more and more businesses strive to improve efficiency and cut on operational costs.

A recent study by Microsoft concluded that cloud computing in Kenya is starting to take shape albeit slowly.

According to the report, 39% of the organizations utilize the pure private cloud while 22% of the organizations utilize the public cloud.

Reid attributes this slow uptake to various issues including security concerns.

The new system, the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G 100 aims at providing IT infrastructure that can adapt to continuously changing business needs without disruption.

And despite the various challenges the country is experiencing, Reid says there are positive future prospects for Kenya as a major economic hub in East Africa.