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Dimension Data announces private cloud service based on Microsoft cloud platform [ITWeb]
[May 22, 2014]

Dimension Data announces private cloud service based on Microsoft cloud platform [ITWeb]

(ITWeb Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dimension Data (, the USD6 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, today announced the availability of a private cloud service based on Microsoft Corporation's Cloud Platform. The new service allows businesses to develop and host Microsoft applications in a secure, dedicated cloud environment.

Dimension Data's private cloud services provide enterprise-class security, compliance and control as well as the flexibility to support hybrid 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Red Hat Linux environments. Dimension Data is a Microsoft Certified Gold partner and Microsoft Cloud OS Network partner.

Steve Nola, Group Executive of Dimension Data's IT-as-a-Service group, said: "By empowering our private cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, we're combining Microsoft solutions with our consulting, integration and management services to provide our clients a full life cycle of solutions for their Microsoft infrastructure. Dimension Data clients will be able to move Microsoft workloads between their on-premises, Microsoft Azure and Dimension Data Cloud environments." Dimension Data's existing private cloud service, called Private Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS), features a hybrid architecture and provides seamless integration with various environments, including other private or hosted private clouds, public cloud, on-premises data centres as well as Dimension Data data centres.

Dimension Data's new Private CaaS offering supports the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which is built on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. The Hyper-V enabled private cloud solution is designed to support Windows and Linux-based environments for mission-critical business and Web applications, software development and testing, and virtual desktops. Dimension Data provides systems integration, data migration and public and private cloud services to help businesses migrate complex application environments to the cloud.

"We are pleased to work with Dimension Data as they deliver hybrid cloud solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform," says Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. "This collaboration enables customers to bridge their on-premises investments with cloud-based deployments to innovate faster, deliver new services and capabilities, improve productivity, and lower costs." "With the launch of this private cloud service based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Dimension Data and Microsoft will be able to address the needs of clients that require a dedicated cloud environment to meet security or compliance requirements," said Pete Menadue, Dimension Data General Manager for Microsoft Solutions. "This collaboration will allow businesses to reduce the operational risk and cost associated with building a private cloud in-house and extend the life of their legacy applications." Availability Dimension Data's Private CaaS with Hyper-V is now available globally and can be deployed in client data centres or any of Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) cloud locations, including Santa Clara, California; and Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; London, UK; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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