In a new move set to accelerate the adoption of hybrid clou adoption globally, Dimension Data and Cisco have announced an expansion of their 23-year relationship which will see Cisco use Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform and SaaS solutions to deliver a suite of mid-market centric cloud services to its customers and resellers.
Dimension Data and Cisco will partner to deliver an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution that will be packaged with Cisco technology and software-as-a-services (SaaS) applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint. The Cisco validated and branded solutions will be sold by Cisco and through its channel partner community.
According to Brett Dawson, CEO of Dimension Data: “Over our 23 year relationship with Cisco, we have had many successes in the marketplace together and cloud is no exception. Dimension Data is proud to be the first global Intercloud partner. We have been providing cloud services for many years and have developed a robust global cloud service – available across all continents. We are extremely excited to support Cisco and its partners in accelerating the market’s move to cloud services.”
Dimension Data’s global cloud service is available via 10 Managed Cloud Platforms around the world, with plans to expand to 13 locations by September 2014. The firm aims to help evolve its Managed Cloud Platform to embrace Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Intercloud Fabric.
In March of this year, Cisco said it would o build the world’s largest global Intercloud with its partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything. Designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability, Cisco’s open Intercloud allows local hosting options that enable data sovereignty.
Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco: “Cloud is the latest frontier for innovation and growth in our remarkable 23-year journey with Dimension Data. Our customers are struggling to navigate the world of many clouds. We are excited to have Dimension Data bring the reach of their global cloud capabilities to our Intercloud ecosystem.”
The two aims to help their customers unlock the potential of the hybrid cloud by harnessing the unique capabilities of Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud Fabric.