Private cloud service based on Microsoft platform announced by Dimension Data

Dimension Data, a global ICT solutions and services provider, recently announced the availability of a private cloud service based on Microsoft Corp.’s Cloud Platform. The new service allows businesses to develop and host Microsoft applications in a secure, dedicated cloud environment.

Dimension Data’s Private cloud services provide enterprise-class security, compliance and control as well as the flexibility to support hybrid 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Red Hat Linux environments. Dimension Data is a Microsoft Certified Gold partner and Microsoft Cloud OS Network partner.

Steve Nola, Group Executive of Dimension Data’s IT-as-a-Service group.said, “By empowering our private cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, we’re combining Microsoft solutions with our consulting, integration and management services to provide our clients a full lifecycle of solutions for their Microsoft infrastructure. Dimension Data clients will be able to moveMicrosoft workloads between their on-premises, Microsoft Azure and Dimension Data Cloud environments.”

Dimension Data’s existing private cloud service, called Private Compute-as-s-Service (CaaS), features a hybrid architecture and provides seamless integration with various environments, including other private or hosted private clouds, public cloud, on-premises datacentres as well as Dimension Data datacentres.

Dimension Data’s new Private CaaS offering supports the Microsoft Cloud Platform which is built on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. The Hyper-V enabled private cloud solution is designed to supportWindows and Linux-based environments for mission-critical business and web applications, software development and testing, and virtual desktops.Dimension Data provides systems integration, data migration and public and private cloud services to help businesses migrate complex application environments to the cloud.

“We are pleased to work with Dimension Data as they deliver hybrid cloud solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform,” says Brian Hillger, director, product marketing,Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. “This collaboration enables customers to bridge their on-premises investments with cloud based deployments to innovate faster, deliver new services and capabilities, improve productivity, and lower costs.”

“With the launch of this private cloud service based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Dimension Data and Microsoft will be able to address the needs of clients that require a dedicated cloud environment to meet security or compliance requirements,” said Pete Menadue, Dimension Data General Manager for Microsoft Solutions.“This collaboration will allow businesses to reduce the operational risk and costassociatedwith building a private cloud in-house and extend the life of their legacy applications.”

Dimension Data’sPrivate CaaS with Hyper-V isnow available globally and can be deployed in client data centres or any of Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) ten cloud locations including Santa Clara, CA; and Ashburn, VA, USA; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; London, UK; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; and Johannesburg, South Africa.