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Dimension Data Consolidates Its Cloud Brands

Dimension Data Consolidates Its Cloud Brands And Positions for Further Growth

New Zealand, 12 October 2012 – Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, today announced that it has consolidated its cloud businesses, OpSource and BlueFire1 under the Dimension Data corporate brand. This move enables Dimension Data to further accelerate its cloud strategy by allowing the company to deliver cloud services under one consistent global brand.

1Dimension Data made its first strategic investment in BlueFire, Australia’s original and most progressive managed and cloud IT and telecommunications services company in 2008. In mid-2010, it took a further stake in the company and, at the same time, acquired a majority stake in Netforce. As a consequence of the investment, the two companies merged operations under the BlueFire brand. In December 2011, Dimension Data acquired the balance of shares in BlueFire.

Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions said, “The combined competencies and capabilities of Dimension Data, OpSource and BlueFire are key differentiators for the Group: each bring unique skills sets, business processes and intellectual property - cloud orchestration, management, and over-the-top services.

“By rebranding OpSource and BlueFire to Dimension Data, we will be able to leverage our collective experience, including our Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs), CloudControl cloud management system, and public and private cloud service offerings, to execute complex, multi-national cloud projects. In addition, our clients will be able to engage with us seamlessly for not only cloud, but also across the Group’s numerous solutions and service offerings. To support our growth plans, we will be adding a significant number of new employees to the Cloud Solutions Business Unit in 2013. We are confident the Dimension Data Cloud strategy will accelerate, and allow us to become a leader in the computing industry,” said Nola.

To enable businesses to transact online and purchase cloud computing resources on demand, Dimension Data this month launches its cloud services website. The service supports the provisioning of cloud compute, storage and networking infrastructure across its public MCPs in the US, The Netherlands, Australia, and South Africa, with Hong Kong set to go live in November this year. The online sales process is backed with live chat abilities and an inside sales support team that makes it easier to transact online.

Since Dimension Data acquired OpSource in June 2011, the company has moved fast to extend its cloud leadership:

July 2011 – Created Cloud Solutions Business Unit.

February 2012 – Launched a broad portfolio of public and private cloud services, and introduced the Dimension Data MCP, a platform for delivering public and private cloud services and CloudControl, its cloud management system; and deployed five Public MCPs San Jose, CA and Ashburn VA, United States; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

June 2012 – Announced its Cloud Services for Microsoft which provides managed Microsoft Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Lync 2010.
July 2012 – Launched the OneCloud Partner Programme.

-ENDS-

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.
In Asia Pacific, we operate in over 60 offices across 13 countries. We help clients plan, build, support, manage, improve and innovate their ICT infrastructures. It combines an expertise in networking, security, data centre solutions, Microsoft solutions and converged communications and contact centre technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration, training and managed services. www.dimensiondata.com

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