Dimension Data, an ICT services and solutions provider, has entered the global Cloud market with the overnight release of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings designed to accelerate adoption of Cloud computing.
According to Dimension Data datacentre solutions general manager, Peter Prowse, the company entered the market because it believes that enterprise and government customers are looking for partners who can provide them with a range of services in the infrastructure space to enable them to free up their time and resources to focus on providing application services to their end users.
“We see IaaS, from both a private and public Cloud perspective, as a platform that enables customers to increase their agility in servicing users while reducing the cost of such servicing and mitigating risks in deployment.”
“It is the ability to provide organisations a series of compute resources that incorporate server storage and network resources for customers to be able to pulley their applications and services,” he said.
Dimension Data has come to market with its Cloud Services Suite, as well as its Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) and CloudControl solutions.
The Cloud Services Suite aims to assist customers through numerous stages of Cloud adoption, from beginning of usage to leveraging benefits of self-service, hybrid Cloud models.
Services in the suite include:
- Cloud enablement: advisory and consulting services.
- Cloud and system integration: across traditional on-premise IT systems and private, public or hybrid Clouds.
- Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS): including public, private, hosted private, and provider CaaS.
- Managed hosting: dedicated infrastructure and application management services interconnect to the company’s public and private Cloud.
- Managed services: support including patch management, device configuration, and backup.
- Advanced Cloud services.
- Application services.
The MCP offering is a fully-managed Cloud delivery platform which can be hosted within a Dimension Data or client datacentre. It is comprised of Cloud infrastructure, including servers, networking, virtualisation, and operating system software, as well as the company’s CloudControl cloud management system.
CloudControl provides operational control and automation of cloud resrouce provisioning, orchestration, administration, and billing.
According to Prowse, what distinguishes Dimension Data’s offerings from other IaaS are two key points:
- Its global public Cloud solution, which is what was launched overnight. It has instances in the USA, Australia, and Amsterdam, and is scheduled for South Africa and Asia in 30-60 days.
- The private Cloud platform, which allows customers to burst into public Cloud solutions where there are peak demands, and then roll back into their private infrastructure as those demands pass.
The Dimension Data Cloud Services Suite is already available as the company wanted to implement a functioning solution prior to making its announcement. Pricing and plan information can be found through the company’s website.