HP, Clinton Foundation set up data centers in Kenya

Hewlett-Packard, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Kenya's Ministry of Public Health have completed the rollout of a series of data centers to connect laboratories and health centers as well as to support disaster-recovery efforts.

Under HPHP's Early Infant Diagnosis project, the partnership has set up five data centers that will have the computing and storage power to connect more than 1,500 health facilities and 20,000 health-care workers in Kenya and are designed to have an impact on the lives of infants. Alles zu HP auf CIO.de

The centers will be instrumental in the digitization of government information such as data in the district health information system, which facilitates evaluation of public health performance, including vaccination coverage and mortality rate prevention for children under 5.

"The data center will facilitate provision of life-saving care to infants, accelerating access to life-saving technologies and helping the government build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs," said Ken Mbwaya, managing director of HP East Africa.

Mbwaya said that the data centers will have HP Generation Seven servers and core switches, allowing connectivity to all types of networks, internal and external, and HP ProCurve switches to improve the LAN at Afya House (the Public Health Ministry headquarters). In addition, Fibre Channel storage will allow for storage that is separate from the servers and will support other, previously existing servers. Tape backup systems will allow for automated backups.

"This data center is unprecedented in the history of the Health Ministry and represents the biggest investment in IT to date; as technology improves, so does the quality of life, therefore the ministry is willing to embrace technological advancements that will help improve the health sector," said Mark Bor, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health.

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