ICT solutions provider Dimension Data has launched a private Cloud service based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.
The new service allows businesses to develop and host Microsoft applications in a Cloud environment.
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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. Dimension Data group executive, IT-as-a-Service group, Steve Nola, said that, by empowering the private Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, the company was combining Microsoft solutions with its 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 move Microsoft 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. The 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 support Windows and Linux-based environments for mission-critical business and web applications, software development and testing, and virtual desktops.
Microsoft director, product marketing, Cloud and Enterprise, Brian Hillger, said the collaboration enabled customers to bridge their on-premise investments with Cloud based deployments to innovate faster, deliver new services and capabilities, improve productivity, and lower costs.
Dimension Data general manager for Microsoft solutions, Pete Menadue, said 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. "This collaboration will allow businesses to reduce the operational risk and cost associated with building a private Cloud in-house and extend the life of their legacy applications."