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Education in the cloud

Peter Nalika | July 12, 2013
Over 50 percent of Prof. Robert Gateru's Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) students always access the Internet during class sessions, they would rather look for content from Google and other online portals than attend physical lectures at the university.

Case study; Broadband System Corporation (BSC)
Dimension Data was a primary contractor to design, install, test and commission the Rwanda Development Board cloud platform. The innovative shift that this platform was to achieve is to assist the Rwandan government attain a single community platform where they can move away from the silos into a structure that allows for public and private cloud environment where different government bodies can have one offering.

This would enable the ease of visibility among government ministries and have an enterprise control in metering utilities and security application. Gicheru says the key drivers that pushed this project was that there was already an existing laid fiber network across the county down to the district level.

In addition to the fiber network, there was also a 3rd Tier server network constructed for this and it become easy for Dimension Data to partner with BSC to deliver to the client what they wanted to achieve.

In fact, Charles Gahungu, Head of planning, BSC says the government of Rwanda came up with a legal framework to host its debtors on the cloud. The government has gone from using 10 Mbps of connectivity in 2006 to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) now.


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