March 5, 2013
Dimension Data last week introduced its global Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) in Nigeria, promising that it was going to serve the needs of both public and private enterprise, as well as service providers.
Dimension Data said that it's cloud offering will enable clients to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing, increase strategic agility, lower ICT infrastructure management expenses, and reduce cloud migration complexity and risk.
Cloud technology presents a new consumption model for ICT solutions and services wrapped in a predictable, monthly commercial model, which allows its adopters to reduce cost as cloud reduces the total cost of ownership of managing infrastructure and applications.
According to the General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Dimension Data Nigeria, Jide Agbaje, "the availability of cloud computing in Nigeria makes it easier for organisations to harness the cost and agility benefits of Cloud as it provides organisations high speed access to secure, enterprise-class public, private, hybrid and hosted private cloud services in the country"
Meanwhile, Solutions Executive, Dimension Data Africa, Mr Tony Munro, had earlier declared that "while the benefits of cloud computing are very compelling, the complexity of planning, building and managing cloud infrastructure, is significant. Cloud providers need to address client concerns about security, compliance, integration, performance, capital expense requirements, as well as deployment and operational risks - to allow clients accelerate their Cloud journey,"
The company's public cloud services are said to be available immediately even as dedicated private cloud services can be deployed in a matter of weeks, allowing clients to enjoy the benefits of a fully automated Cloud architecture without the risks or excessive time associated with building the architectures themselves.
Dimension Data says it offers public and private cloud Compute-as-a-Service(CaaS) solutions that provide self-service, on-demand, cloud-based compute, storage and networking resources which are fully managed using a Web-based or REST-based Application Interface (API).Dimension Data's managed hosting services go beyond infrastructure hosting and also include deployment, management and delivery of applications.
The MCP is enterprise-grade, offering multiple layers of security, administrative controls, 99.99 percent availability SLAs on public cloud, 24/7 support and integrated management capabilities.
Agbaje claimed that "our cloud IaaS offerings are designed to address the performance and security concerns of organisations. We have made it easier and less complex for organisations of every size to benefit from the flexibility and scale of cloud technologies through automation and broad global coverage",