Dimension Data has announced the launch of a new SQL managed service and professional and consulting offering. The initiatives are a move to capitalise on the assets gained through its November acquisition of SecureData and the 40,000-strong Australian SQL user-base.
The company will monitor SQL-based databases and report back on any IT infrastructure changes needed to maintain the databases' health. DiData's consulting and professional services will be on hand to implement them.
While DiData had been a SQL licensing partner for some time, it had not been able to capitalise on its position until now, chief technical officer, Gerard Florian, said.
"Quite a few customers had been buying SQL licenses from us yet we weren't directly involved in the database space with database administrators and a shrink-wrapped service," he said. "We can now plan, build and support the whole SQL infrastructure."
According to Florian, growth in the SQL market, particularly in the SMB space, had proven that an investment in its Data Centre Solutions (DCS) group was required.
"Payroll, operational, sales, marketing and some CRM systems often all rely on an SQL database," he said.
"Smaller organisations often can't afford a database administrator so if something goes wrong they lose access to that valuable information."
Aiming to further boost its new capability, the company has announced the appointment of former founder and CEO of New Zealand-based SQL Services, Colin Andersen, as its new national database practice manager.
SecureData Group director and co-founder, David Solsky, will head DiData's DCS group as its national business manager.
Ronnie Altit, also formerly of SecureData, will take on the national practice manager role at the DSC.
These appointments would enable DiData to move conversations around storage beyond spinning disk alone, Florian said.
"Daily discussions with clients are increasingly around areas like architecting a storage network or how to deal with mundane but important issues like archiving," he said.
"The injection of these guys will help with that and their relationships mean we will work even closer with companies like EMC and NetApp."
Florian said DiData expected to see growth matching or exceeding that of key partners such as EMC and NetApp.