Feeds

Your legacy app sniffs the cloud cauldron and retches ... time to try another recipe

DiData touts MS-based hybrid away from public rat race

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The battle between Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft for the public cloud gets a lot of attention, but global managed services provider Dimension Data has thrown its hat into an adjacent ring with a new hybrid Windows Server cloud.

DiData's service uses Microsoft's Cloud Platform and Hyper-V everywhere, which means a homogeneous rig spanning on-premises kit, Azure and the DiData cloud, all manageable using the likes of System Center.

The company's plan is not to offer an “I need ten servers NOW – here's my credit card” model. Instead, the aim is to give customers the chance to migrate a legacy Windows app into a cloudy environment where it can be given the managed services treatment, complete with service level agreement. That SLA, says DiData's David Hanrahan, general manager of Dimension Data Cloud Services, is likely to be rather more granular than the guarantees offered by a pure-play public cloud.

“If everyone's apps had been designed to run in the cloud natively, that would be great,” he told Vulture South. “The cost of re-platforming them is significant. We are getting traction to manage them and patch them.”

“Clients want to be able to migrate legacy 32-bit software to the cloud,” he said, adding that he feels many enterprises will take their first steps into the cloud in this way. That's perhaps an odd observation given the likes of AWS repeatedly point to very considerable adoption by big business, but perhaps also not surprising given he's selling just that kind of service.

In Hanrahan's defence, he also said that this kind of work is as balance-sheet friendly as its traditional engagements, thanks largely to a “build once and redeploy at will” approach to building out its cloudy offerings as new gigs come along.

Also perhaps surprising is that Dimension Data is not alone in this kind of play. The likes of Fujitsu and CSC also operate clouds on very large scales, offering the elasticity of pure-play public clouds with a promise of rather more grooming, feeding and SLA backing.

Dimension Data certainly seems to think there's plenty of upside in this kind of thing: last week it told the markets it thinks it can quadruple its US$1bn data centre business by 2018. Some of that growth is expected to come from acquisitions like one announced today: US-based IT services outfit Nexus today came under the DiData umbrella for an undisclosed sum, bringing with it 19 offices across the US. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build
Cloud doubters, this isn't going to be your best day
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
Cray heaves out even mightier, Lustre-ous Sonexion 2000
Met Office and Los Alamos bomb boffins are apparently among its fans
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.