DiData adds Oracle to managed database service

DiData adds Oracle to managed database service

Dimension Data will add an Oracle component to its managed database and consulting service, starting early in the new year.

In June the company announced the launch of its managed SQL service and SQL Server consulting and professional services business. The service was a result of Dimension Data's acquisition of SecureData and its 40,000-strong Australian SQL user-base.

The SQL business monitors SQL-based databases, reporting back on any IT infrastructure changes needed to maintain the databases' health. If needed, DiData's consulting and professional services implements those changes.

According to national practice manager, Colin Andersen, the Oracle extension was entirely customer driven, mainly by existing customers who have shared SQL and Oracle environments.

"We pointed out that we didn't do it [Oracle consulting] but some of them persisted... So we caved in," he said.

Despite this, he said the company will still remain largely focused on the SQL sector rather than actively tackling the Oracle market.

Although DiData has some SQL staff with Oracle skills, the company is currently in the process of hiring Oracle-skilled personnel before going live with the service. No date has been set at this point.

Andersen ruled out spreading the managed service to other databases.

"We can't spread it too thin. If you care for too many environments it is not fair on the customers," he said.

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