|[February 23, 2012]
Dimension Data Announces Global Cloud Services
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa --(Business Wire)--
Dimension Data (News - Alert) plc, an ICT services and solutions provider, today
unveiled a comprehensive range of cloud services aimed at making it
easier for companies to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing.
Available on a global basis, Dimension Data's Cloud Services enable
companies to be more agile, lower IT infrastructure management expenses
and reduce cloud migration complexity and risk.
The global provider's cloud offerings simplify planning, design,
deployment and management of private, public and hybrid clouds.
Dimension Data also introduced its Managed Cloud Platform™, a global
delivery platform for all its cloud services, and Dimension Data
CloudControl™, its cloud management system that automates provisioning,
orchestration, administration and billing.
The Dimension Data Cloud Services suite is designed to address the many
requirements of an organisation's path to the cloud, whether it's at the
beginning of its usage of cloud and virtualisation, or well on its way
to leveraging the benefits of self-service, hybrid cloud models. Because
all Dimension Data's Cloud Services are delivered on the same platform,
it's easier and more cost-effective to expand from one cloud model to
another as the demands of the business change.
Dimension Data Cloud Services
Cloud Enablement: advisory and consulting services to help
clients understand cloud readiness, governance, IT optimisation, data
centre consolidation and technology architecture
Cloud and System Integration: integration services across
traditional on-premise IT systems and private, public or hybrid clouds
Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS): virtual servers and storage
provided as a service in both shared (public) and dedicated (private)
Public CaaS: provides compute resources via a flexible,
shared service with both pay-as-you-go and monthly plans. The
service includes CPU, RAM (News - Alert) and storage on demand as well as a
web-based user interface and access to an API for provisioning and
orchestration. The service includes 24/7 access to a Service Desk
and an online Community support portal.
Private CaaS: provides a pre-determined set of compute
resources as a dedicated service deployed in a client data
centre. The service includes CPU, RAM and storage as well as a
web-based user interface and access to an API for provisioning and
orchestration. The service includes the cloud infrastructure,
implementation, cloud orchestration and automation technology and
ongoing management by Dimension Data.
Hosted Private CaaS: a Private CaaS hosted in a Dimension
Data data centre.
Provider CaaS: designed for service providers to offer a
branded cloud service, the service can be customised with an
organisation's own brand and deployed in a imension Data or
client data centre.
Managed Hosting: dedicated infrastructure and application
management services interconnected to our public and private cloud.
Includes management of applications, data, databases, networking,
virtual and physical servers, optimisation, and performance.
Managed Services: a set of support services, including patch
management, device configuration and backup
Advanced Cloud Services: value-added services, including
cloud-based back-up and disaster recovery, implemented on our Managed
Cloud Platform™ (MCP)
Application Services: applications hosted and operated on our
"Our clients realise the transformational potential of cloud computing,
whether it's moving into new markets, launching new products, or
improving IT efficiency," said Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data's Cloud
Solutions Business Unit. "They're also aware that migrating to the cloud
is complex, with significant implications to their business across
operations and IT. Our Cloud Services are designed to help clients
reduce cost, move faster and manage risk effectively."
Chris Lewis, Group Vice President International, Telecom & Networking at
research firm IDC said: "Although the adoption of cloud services will
grow over the upcoming years, organisations have varying requirements,
assets and expertise to throw into the cloud pot. Some organisations
want a fully-managed service while others may want to build their own.
As companies evolve their cloud thinking, they will aim for a balance
between automation and control - inevitably ending up in some form of
flexible hybrid cloud solution but, most importantly, without disrupting
service or processes."
Cloud Service Differentiation
Dimension Data Cloud Services offer differentiated capabilities,
Guarantees on availability, performance and service experience
Self-service, web-based administrative interface and API for control
of both public and private cloud
Dimension Data CloudControl™ - an integrated cloud management system
that provides automation, orchestration, provisioning, metering and
Control of hardware-based networking for configuration cloud-based
VLANs, firewalls, load-balancing multicast and NAT
Technical Operations - a set of support services available on request
covering areas such as patch management, device configuration and
Common architecture across private cloud and public cloud environments
enabling organisations to interconnect cloud environments to support
bursting or community clouds.
Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP)
Dimension Data's Cloud Services are delivered on the company's Managed
Cloud Platform™ (MCP), a fully-managed cloud delivery platform. Hosted
within a Dimension Data or client data centre, the MCP is comprised of
cloud infrastructure (servers, storage, networking, virtualisation and
operating system software) and Dimension Data CloudControl™, a cloud
management system that provides operational control and automation of
cloud resource provisioning, orchestration, administration, and billing.
The MCP can be accessed via a web-based user interface or REST-based
application interface (API), enabling integration of the platform with
third-party cloud or enterprise system management software. Based on the
cloud management system of OpSource (News - Alert), Dimension Data's wholly-owned
enterprise cloud and managed hosting business, Dimension Data
CloudControl™ was further developed for use across public and private
cloud environments with a common framework for management. As a single
platform for all of Dimension Data's Cloud Services, clients are able to
easily move between public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud models
without having to re-architect and re-integrate the underlying
infrastructure, saving time and money.
Notes to editors
The Dimension Data Cloud Services are available immediately. Private
CaaS can be deployed in client data centres across more than 100
countries. Public CaaS are provided via Dimension Data Public MCPs in
the San Jose, CA (News - Alert) and Ashburn, VA, United States; Amsterdam, The
Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa (March 2012);
and Hong Kong Q2 2012. For more information on the services, please
In June 2011, Dimension Data announced the formation of a Cloud
Solutions Business Unit to accelerate its cloud strategy and the
acquisition of OpSource, an enterprise cloud and managed hosting
provider. In December 2011, Dimension Data announced the completion of
its acquisition of BlueFire, a managed and cloud IT and
telecommunications services company.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions
provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery
capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business
ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT (News - Alert) Group. www.dimensiondata.com
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