Dimension Data’s expertise in systems integration will aid its plan to grow its global cloud business, according the company veteran, Steve Nola.
He had been the system integrator’s CEO in Australia for 10 years and was recently announced as head of the company’s newly-formed global Cloud Solutions business unit.
Rodd Cunico has taken over from Nola as Dimension Data's local CEO.
The cloud has been of great interest to the company for some time and the integrator has made investments toward it in recent years.
With the recent acquisition of US-based cloud company, OpSource, Dimension Data saw it was prime time to open up its global cloud division to ratify its strategy in the area.
“We wanted to create a dedicated business that will drive and spearhead a cloud initiative on a global basis for the company,” Nola said. “We have an approach on how we will take our collective assets around the world to drive and meet client requirements.”
Besides OpSource, Dimension Data acquired Bluefire, and Australia-based cloud business, three years ago. The idea now is to consolidate all Dimension Data’s cloud businesses to push a more consistent roadmap on a global scale.
“New services and offerings will emerge and we will take them with our existing offerings to the market,” Nola said.
Dimension Data wants to be part of a client’s journey to the cloud and, therefore, customer demands will factor into the system integrator’s long-term roadmap.
While some of Dimension Data’s existing customers are at various stages in their cloud adoption – some may not even have started yet – the company is looking to cater to all situations.
This is where Nola saw Dimension Data’s experience in systems integration as a key differentiator.
“A lot of what you have to do around cloud starts with understanding how to actually deliver services to customers,” he said. “There is a fair bit of integration work that needs to continue even though you may choose to use cloud-enabled services of some description.
“That puts us in a very unique position when you look at our skills as a business; have integration skills and methodologies to include cloud.”
Dimension Data is acutely aware security remains a pressing topic around cloud computing and has considered this when developing its cloud offerings.
“We’ve seen a lot of clients, particularly at the enterprise level, that view data sovereignty as a big issue and how they can manage that as they move towards a cloud environment,” Nola said. Customers also want traditional security elements such as intrusion detection extended to the cloud as well, which Dimension Data is catering for.
Nola could not disclose what kind of performance expectations Dimension Data has for the new global cloud division but is confident his unit will do well as demand for cloud services increase.