Dimension Data, provider of IT solutions and services, announced Thursday that it will offer Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2010 cloud services hosted in its managed private cloud environment. Part of its Cloud Services portfolio, and based upon Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP), enterprises will realize the benefits of Microsoft Corp.’s business productivity capabilities while reducing the cost and risk of managing the underlying infrastructure and applications.
Dimension Data’s approach provides a customizable and secure managed private cloud solution that maintains data sovereignty and control. Initially available in South Africa in the third quarter of this year, Dimension Data intends to offer the service in an additional ten countries and expand availability based on client demand.
Dimension Data’s Cloud Services are delivered on the company’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP), a fully-managed cloud delivery platform. Hosted within a Dimension Data or client data center, the MCP is comprised of cloud infrastructure (servers, storage, networking, virtualization and operating system software) and Dimension Data CloudControl, a cloud management system that provides operational control and automation of cloud resource provisioning, orchestration, administration, and billing. The MCP can be accessed through a web-based user interface or REST-based application interface (API), enabling integration of the platform with third-party cloud or enterprise system management software. Private MCPs can be deployed in client data centers across more than 100 countries. Dimension Data’s public cloud services can be accessed globally via Dimension Data Public MCPs in San Jose and Ashburn, United States; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Sydney, Australia and Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Dimension Data has more than 10 years of experience deploying on-premise Exchange, SharePoint and Lync solutions for clients globally, and has migrated more than one million end users to public cloud business productivity solutions,” said Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Business Unit. “Our strong expertise in tailoring Microsoft solutions to our clients’ needs provides the assurance that their operations are in good hands.”
The economics and efficiency benefits of moving messaging, collaboration and unified communication technologies to the cloud are appealing to many enterprises; however, existing public cloud environments can fail to satisfy key business requirements. Dimension Data’s new offering is part of its Cloud Services strategy announced earlier in the year. Based upon Microsoft productivity solutions, it provides a private, single-tenant cloud environment hosted in Dimension Data’s data centers throughout the world, or on the client’s premises. The managed offering provides enterprises with the level of customization, flexibility and control needed to address business requirements.
“By offering our clients managed productivity solutions in a private cloud environment, Dimension Data is helping remove the barriers that have previously inhibited some organizations from placing key business services in the cloud,” said Peter Menadue, general manager of Microsoft solutions at Dimension Data. “By basing this offering on our Managed Cloud Platform, Dimension Data is enabling enterprises around the globe to take a key step in their journey to the cloud with the security, compliance and customization assurances they require.”
“Enterprises and government organizations will benefit from Dimension Data-hosted productivity solutions,” said Mark Hill, vice president, enterprise partner group, Microsoft. “As one of our most innovative alliances, Dimension Data has the depth of experience to offer customers flexible cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies that best meet their organizational needs.”
Maximizing existing investments in technology is a key consideration for enterprises as they transition to the cloud. Organizations with Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreements can take advantage of License Mobility through the Software Assurance option to repurpose their SharePoint 2010, Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010 licenses. Dimension Data will take advantage of this licensing option so that their clients can move to the cloud on their own schedule, without waiting for existing agreements to expire or purchasing duplicate licenses.
Dimension Data’s cloud services platform, built on Windows Server and Microsoft System Center, is fully managed and allows for organizations to maintain the control they need to perform routine tasks through a self-service portal for client administration. Long-standing vendor relationships and multi-vendor management capabilities position Dimension Data to support and manage complex systems integration obstacles that arise.