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Dimension Data Announces SaaS Hosting And Management Solutions
[November 18, 2013]

Dimension Data Announces SaaS Hosting And Management Solutions

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dimension Data, the $5.8 billion global information and communications technology (ICT) services and solutions provider, today announced it has launched a comprehensive suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, delivering cost-effective and scalable hosting and application management services for SaaS independent software vendors (ISVs). With Dimension Data SaaS Solutions, organizations are able to simplify their cloud hosting and management operations, so they can focus on delivering innovative software solutions and expanding their business.

(Logo: Dimension Data has combined its expertise in SaaS hosting, systems integration and cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), to provide a variety of critical solutions and support services that improve SaaS application uptime and reduce cost, at the same time ensuring enterprise-class security.

Dimension Data SaaS Solutions decrease the time it takes to migrate applications to the cloud, speeding time to revenue and increasing return on investment. Astoria Software, a Dimension Data SaaS Solutions user, provides an end-to-end content management system that includes authoring, content management, and rendering systems, and migrated its business model from licensed software to an integrated, fully on-demand solution. With Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions, Astoria Software was able to reduce its solution implementation cycle from 12 months to 90 days, and trim sales cycle times from 18 months down to six months.

"By adopting SaaS, we have completely changed our operations model and expanded our business opportunities dramatically," said Michael Rosinski, president and CEO of Astoria Software. "I fully count on Dimension Data to provide an application infrastructure and service response that is much more robust than my customers would otherwise have in a traditional software model." In a SaaS model, the user only pays for the software when they are using it, rather than buying a perpetual license. Transitioning from a perpetual license to a pay-for-use model and providing a service rather than selling a product can be challenging for any ISV. Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions provide the guidance and operational best practices to help ISVs transition to a SaaS-based business model or scale to a growing audience. For example, Accept Software (acquired by Artemis International), a collaborative product planning SaaS provider, was able to reduce its cost of goods sold by 40 percent by using Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions.

Steve Nola, Cloud Solutions CEO at Dimension Data said, "With analysts estimating the worldwide SaaS market in 2015 at more than $20 billion, software vendors will continue to transition their applications to SaaS to remain competitive. We have helped transition hundreds of software vendors to SaaS and, by leveraging our secure and reliable cloud infrastructure, in addition to our deep experience in SaaS hosting and global systems integration, we can offer a full lifecycle of IT solutions for SaaS providers." Dimension Data SaaS Solutions include: -- Managed Hosting - Combines highly scalable infrastructure and technical expertise to deliver a scalable, flexible and reliable platform for mission-critical hosted applications -- Public and Private CaaS - Public and private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) with enterprise-class SLAs and self-service provisioning and controls -- Application Operations - Complete management services for custom SaaS and web applications including application deployment, application management, database management, compliance and performance optimization -- Technical Operations - Minimizes operational risk while saving time and money with high-touch, 24x7 global support, including patch management, system monitoring, operating system support and backups of all production servers "As SaaS vendors move to a frictionless sales model, they are challenged to control escalating operational costs and day-to-day cloud management issues," said Treb Ryan, chief strategy officer for Dimension Data's Cloud Solutions. "Our unique combination of services enables them to focus their valuable internal IT resources on more strategic projects and deliver a better user experience for their clients." Dimension Data Supporting Resources: -- SaaS Solutions: -- Cloud computing services: 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 Group. Visit us at and or follow us on Twitter: @DimensionDataAM.

For further information please contact: Jackie Funk Nidhi Mathson Dimension Data Americas Davies Murphy Group T: 571-203-4006 T: 781-418-2460 E: E: SOURCE Dimension Data

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