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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dimension Data acquires OpSource, boosts cloud computing

The last weekend acquisition of OpSource by Dimension Data has been described as a strategy to accelerate global cloud computing.

Making this assertion while announcing the acquisition, the chief executive officer, Dimension Data, Mr. Brett Dawson said that by this deal Dimension Data, would become a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Holdings, and to accelerate its cloud computing services offerings.

Equally, he said that Dimension Data, a US $4.7 billion, about N718.1 billion Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and solutions provider has created a centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit which will report directly to Dimension Data’s CEO office.

Confirming this in a press statement made available to Daily Champion, the global Public Relations Manager, Dimension Data plc, Mr. Hilary King quoted his CEO as saying that OpSource would become part of the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit.

He pointed out that OpSource employs 150 staff and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with operations in Virginia, United Kingdom, Ireland and India.

Over 600 enterprises, service providers and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) employ OpSource’s expertise, experience and cloud automation technology to operate high-availability, business-critical cloud computing and hosting environments.

Mr. Dawson said that market readiness for cloud services is being enabled by technology maturation, along with clients’ needs for more flexible services-centric, IT sourcing options.

“Our decision to accelerate our focus on cloud services aligns to our long-standing strategy to become a services-led business. Over the past few years, Dimension Data has been building cloud-related skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualization, data center and storage, managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing – all critical to enabling cloud architectures for our clients,” he said.

OpSource, Dawson said, brings a rich set of services, a sound cloud architecture, and extensive experience in cloud services that will meet immediate client needs in addition to a cloud infrastructure, which supports development and growth in this space.

“We believe OpSource provides us with an accelerated time-to-market as their infrastructure and services are well-established and tested. Dimension Data is now well-positioned to provide our clients with services that help them at each step in their journey toward cloud architectures,” Dawson said.

Remmy Nweke
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