Gartner honours SA’s Dimension Data as world cloud solutions leader

South Africa’s Dimension Data, a global ICT solutions provider, has today announced it has been recognised by global IT research leader Gartner as a leading ICT company after recent positioning in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions Business Unit, said: “We are very proud to be recognised as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service.”

“We designed our cloud IaaS offerings to address the performance and security concerns of enterprises and service providers. We wanted to make it easier and less complex for organisations of every size to benefit from the flexibility and scale of cloud technologies.”

According to Dimension Data, it will continue to invest in its go-to-market resources and intellectual property, as well as its platforms and processes to continue growing its leadership position in the cloud market.

The Magic Quadrant, which is compiled by Gartner’s analysts, examines 15 ICT companies that provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), employing two main evaluation criteria which include ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’.

Brett Dawson, Dimension Data CEO, said: “We are extremely honoured to be positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The leading trend shaping the global IT services landscape is the emergence of cloud computing.”

“We believe our investments in our cloud capabilities are testament to Dimension Data’s commitment to the cloud market, and we remain on track to become a formidable force in cloud computing.”

As a global ICT and systems integrator with more than 15,000 employees and US$5.8 billion in annual revenues, Dimension Data has moved quickly to advance its cloud strategy.

In 2011, the Group acquired cloud hosting leader OpSource and concluded the buy-out of the remaining shares of BlueFire, a managed and cloud IT and telecommunications services company.

Building on the strong cloud technology and operational expertise of the acquired companies, Dimension Data introduced a broad portfolio of public and private cloud services, and rolled out five Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs) in the US, The Netherlands, South Africa and Australia.

An MCP in Hong Kong will follow later this year. In June this year, Dimension Data launched its OneCloud Partner Programme to enable service providers to bring cloud services to market more quickly.

“Over the next 12 months, Dimension Data will extend its platform, develop new services offerings, and aggressively execute on the strategic plans we have set for the Group,” Dawson said.

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