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Dimension Data Extends Cloud Footprint to Amsterdam and Sydney

Dimension Data plc, the US$ 5.8 billion ICT services and solutions provider today announced the availability of new Public Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs), its integrated platform for the delivery of cloud services, in Amsterdam, and Sydney in Australia. These, together with the Group’s two Public MCPs in the U.S., provide organizations global access to secure and highly-automated enterprise-class public cloud and hosted private cloud services. Dimension Data plans to also deploy MCPs in the Middle East and Africa by April and Asia region by June this year. Through this global expansion, Dimension Data has solidified its cloud presence globally, making it easier for global businesses to leverage the cost and agility benefits of a self-service cloud model.

Dimension Data offers public and private cloud Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS) that provide self-service, on-demand, provisioning of cloud-based compute, storage and networking resources. Using a web-based interface or REST-based application interface (API), clients are able to provision, access and manage Public Cloud services globally or link to Dimension Data-managed Private Cloud and Managed Hosting environments.

Dimension Data’s private cloud services provide a pre-determined set of server and storage resources as a dedicated service that can be deployed in either a client’s data center or off premise. The service includes the physical infrastructure, virtualization and operating system software, implementation, cloud management (automated provisioning, orchestration and billing) and on-going management by Dimension Data. Dimension Data’s managed hosting services go beyond infrastructure hosting to provide deployment, management and delivery of applications.

Additionally, the company’s cloud offerings come complete with the following:

  • Common web-based user interface for both public and private cloud
  • Self-service, on-demand provisioning of virtual servers, storage and networking
  • Flexible configuration of up to 8 CPU, 64GB RAM and 2.5 TB of storage per Cloud Server (virtual machine)
  • Simplified integration with third-party applications and systems with REST-based API
  • Hardware-based networking and security (VLANs, firewalls, VPN access)
  • SSAE 16, European Safe Harbor and HIPAA Certifications
  • Regional MCP presence and global reach to address data sovereignty and compliance requirements

Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions Business Unit said, “Dimension Data is committed to providing public and private cloud services globally. With our MCPs in the U.S., Amsterdam and Sydney, businesses can access a secure, easy-to-use cloud service with enterprise-class controls to accelerate their cloud strategy.”

All of Dimension Data’s global MCPs are enterprise-ready, offering multiple layers of security, administrative controls, 100 percent availability SLAs on Public Cloud, 24x7 live phone support and integrated management capabilities. Dimension Data offers a comprehensive portfolio of cloud services including public cloud, on-premise private cloud, hosted private cloud and managed hosting services. Additionally, the company offers cloud enablement and integration services to assist organizations in their journey to the cloud.

Published Monday, March 19, 2012 5:22 PM by David Marshall
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