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22 October 2012 at 09:24 - Posted by AfricaFinance

Dimension Data Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service


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Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

JOHANNESBURG - Monday, October 22nd 2012 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders1 quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service2. Compiled by Gartner analysts, the Magic Quadrant examined 15 providers of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), employing two main evaluation criteria which include ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’.

Brett Dawson, Dimension Data CEO said, “We are extremely honoured to be positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The leading trend shaping the global IT services landscape is the emergence of cloud computing. We believe our investments in our cloud capabilities are testament to Dimension Data’s commitment to the cloud market, and we remain on track to become a formidable force in cloud computing.”

Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions Business Unit said, “We are very proud to be recognised as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service. We designed our cloud IaaS offerings to address the performance and security concerns of enterprises and service providers. We wanted to make it easier and less complex for organisations of every size to benefit from the flexibility and scale of cloud technologies through automation and broad global coverage. Dimension Data will continue to invest in its go-to-market resources and intellectual property, as well as its platforms and processes, so that we continue to grow our leadership position in the cloud market.”

As a global ICT and systems integrator with more than 15,000 employees and USD 5.8 billion in annual revenues, Dimension Data has moved fast to advance its cloud strategy. In 2011, the Group acquired cloud hosting leader OpSource and concluded the buy-out of the remaining shares of BlueFire, a managed and cloud IT and telecommunications services company in 2011. Building on the strong cloud technology and operational expertise of the acquired companies, Dimension Data introduced a broad portfolio of public and private cloud services and rolled out five Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs) in the US, The Netherlands, South Africa and Australia. An MCP in Hong Kong will follow later this year. In June this year, Dimension Data launched its OneCloud Partner Programme to enable service providers to bring cloud services to market more quickly.

“Over the next 12 months, Dimension Data will extend its platform, develop new services offerings, and aggressively execute on the strategic plans we have set for the Group,” concludes Dawson.

More information about the report and a downloadable copy of the report can be accessed from the Dimension Data website. To find out more about Dimension Data and its cloud solutions, please visit www.dimensiondata.com/cloud.

1Leaders have distinguished themselves by offering an excellent service and having an ambitious future road map. They usually serve a broad range of use cases well, although they do not excel in all areas, and they are not necessarily the best providers for a specific need. They have a track record of successful delivery, along with many referenceable customers.

2 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service by Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill, Gregor Petri, Tiny Haynes, 18 October 2012

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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. www.dimensiondata.com

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