Articles about Dimension Data

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The big get bigger in cloud

If customer spending on cloudy infrastructure and platform services in Q3 was a tin of beans, then a full-bellied AWS might have used the resulting wind to power its bit barns. The global IaaS and PaaS markets grew to a little more than $10bn during the quarter, up 53 per cent year on year, and AWS accounted for almost one …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2016

Victoria Gov tips $6.5M into uni security seeder, city-country farm tech

The government of the southern Australian state of Victoria has tipped A$450,000 (£260,083, US$340,872) to spin up an information security incubator in Deakin University. The university and Dimension Data want the incubator to accelerate the development of technology and industry skills. It will be coupled with a security …
Darren Pauli, 30 Aug 2016

In 2014 Malcolm Turnbull said 'Nobody likes outages' in the cloud

In late 2014, Australia's then-communications-minister and now prime minister Malcolm Turnbull flicked the On switch for Dimension Data's dedicated government cloud. At a press event staged at Parliament House, Turnbull expressed great enthusiasm for cloud and railed against the box-huggers who refuse to adopt it. Turnbull …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2016
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Startup AirTrunk plans big new data centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Asia

Exclusive A startup data centre builder/operator called AirTrunk has applied to build a substantial data centre on the fringes of Melbourne. AirTrunk outed itself to financial press a couple of weeks ago, claiming it has plans for bit barns in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong, a tenant ready to rent substantial space, perhaps …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2016
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DiData CEO Brett Dawson calls it quits after 12 years

Dimension Data CEO Brett Dawson has quit with immediate effect after 12 years at the top, hundreds of thousands of air miles travelled and sales quadrupled. The integrator confirmed today that current chief operating officer Jason Goodall is going a metaphorical floor higher in the organisation as Dawson’s successor. …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2016
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Di Data fills vacant UK boss chair

NTT-owned Dimension Data has passed the UK leadership baton to Barney Taylor, it confirmed today. Taylor is this month leaving the post of global sales director for system integration services to fill the local role that lay vacant since Calvin Goom exited in March. The man was given a specific remit to beef up the firm’s “ …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2016
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Swallow flies into Logicalis UK exec nest

Logicalis has sworn in acting UK boss Bob Swallow as the permanent MD, vowing to fill the other seats in the senior management team next month. Swallow moved to the Slough-based system integrator last summer, first as a contractor to restructure sales for the Cisco team and then as sales director from November. The man has …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2016

Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

Two reports by privacy campaigners into mobile and Wi-Fi services' location tracking activities have revealed practices of questionable legality and security. The studies found that “at best, companies are fulfilling the minimal legal requirements, and at worst could breaking the law and breaching our right to privacy.” The …

Going on a thin client diet

We may not be in the post-PC age, but we’re definitely in the ‘plus everything else’ era. A gaggle of new mobile devices has gathered to join the PC, and it’s making things more complex for IT administrators. Smart phones were already heavily in the enterprise, and now, tablets are gaining traction too. How can they cut through …
Robin Birtstone, 08 Mar 2016
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Tech-sponsored Qld police project queried by corruption probe

Some of the planet's larger IT concerns may be a little nervous today, after the publication of a report by the Australian State of Queensland's Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry (OCCI). Among the topics covered by the OCCI is Queensland Police's sometimes controversial practice of seeking private sector sponsorship of …
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South Australia becomes the IaaS FlexPod state

The Aussie state of South Australia has signed up for cloud services offered by local internet service provider iiNet. South Australia adopted a cloud-first policy earlier this year, went to the market and chose iiNet's local arm for the gig of providing servers and software-as-a-service for a range of government agencies. A …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015
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What hyper-converged storage really means for you

To paraphrase an old joke, ask three IT “experts” for a definition of hyper-convergence and you'll get four different answers - depending on which areas they work in and what their employers are currently trying to sell. We are going to simplify things though by looking at it through the prism of storage. This turns out to be a …
Bryan Betts, 05 Jun 2015

Federation promises to bring your storage under control

As virtualisation brings IT consolidation back onto the agenda, storage federation is being touted by many as the best way to impose discipline on infrastructures that have grown unwieldy. So what can it offer that storage virtualisation or a global file system cannot, and is it time for us all to join the federation? Storage …
Bryan Betts, 03 Jun 2015
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NTT adds two bit barns to gathering global cloud

NTT is continuing to expand its global cloud footprint, last week announcing plans for major new data centres in America and India. In Sacramento, according to Data Center Knowledge, subsidiary RagingWire is the expansion vehicle, with a third campus that added 180,000 square feet (with 14 MW of power capacity) to its existing …
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Australia finds $1 BEELLION to replace No-SQL DATABASE

That sound? The first drops of a cool billion Australian dollars (US$770m, £520m) that the nation's government has started pouring into a honeypot for the world's technology community. The sweet, sweet pot of dosh is there because Australia has decided it can't go on running Model 204, an eighties database, to run its welfare …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2015
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Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday labelled those who oppose use of the public cloud “box-huggers” and suggested such behaviour is bad because it ties organisations to an outmoded and expensive way of doing IT. “There is more resistance to cloud in government that anywhere else,” he said, and blamed …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2014

Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

Last July, Dimension Data's Australian cloud went down for over 24 hours. Now the company says its assessment of the incident found those who suffered the most had themselves to blame, to a degree. Speaking today at the launch of the company's new government cloud, cloud general manager David Hanrahan said those impacted by the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014
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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The new facility will be another node of the firm's currently-14-strong network of Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs), but won't be open to the general public. Instead, it's been tweaked to handle Australian …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014

HDS launches compute-as-a-service in Equinix bit barns everywhere

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a new way to keep selling hardware in the cloud age, by creating a compute-as-a-service service that will live in Equinix's 32-nation-strong bit barn network. HDS is most often characterised as a storage vendor and has offered storage-as-a-service for some years. The company also re- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014

Dimension Data cloud goes TITSUP down under... after EMC storage fail

UPDATE Dimension Data's Australian cloud has been down for over 24 hours after EMC kit failed. The outage is detailed on this status page recording problems with the company's “AU 1” region dating back to the morning of July 2nd. Dimension Data company says the service has since come back in “a degraded state” and that “Services are …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2014
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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Your legacy app sniffs the cloud cauldron and retches ... time to try another recipe

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 …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
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End of an era as DiData ditches its distie

In the early 1990s, a mighty force arose in the Australian IT industry. Led by the charismatic Shein brothers, ComTech became a distribution colossus, fuelling the rise and rise of Microsoft and Cisco. ComTech's Sunshine Coast-based Forums were legendary – a who's who of Australian IT turned up, got legless, and either made …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014

Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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Dimension Data hoovers up NextiraOne's Euro operations

Dimension Data has hoovered up certain subsidiaries of comms and networking integrator NextiraOne after the deal was given the green light by the European Commission's Mergers and Acquisitions team. The cash terms were not disclosed but initially Di Data will swallow 13 Euro country operations – including the UK – and, …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014
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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

Microsoft has flexed its on-premises software expertise and armed 25 IT service providers with Redmond technology – so they can snatch back customers lured by siren calls emanating from Amazon Web Services. The new "Cloud OS Network" involves Microsoft dispersing its "Cloud OS" technology among a slew of resellers, …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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How much? Who knows. EC gagging order on DiData acquisition continues....

Dimension Data will only chow down on the entire European organisation of NextiraOne once certain sales criteria are met, the South Africa-HQ'd NTT-owned integrator whispered to us as the European Commission comms blockade continues. Acquisitive DiData has emerged as a suitor of the comms and networking reseller NextiraOne but …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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DimensionData tables bid to swallow global services biz NextiraOne

NTT-owned DimensionData has tabled a bid for comms and networking reseller NextiraOne in a deal that is currently awaiting approval by the European Commission's Merger & Acquisitions office. A spokeswoman at South Africa network integrator DiData confirmed that it had "made an offer" but was unable to make any further …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2013
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DiData adds DCs in three countries

Dimension Data has announced a global expansion of its data centre footprint to help it create a global cloud. The NTT-owned services provider already has a data centre in Ashburn, Virginia. As part of NTT's desire to embiggen its Australian operations, the next DC to be added to DiData's MCP (managed cloud platform) operation …
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Is storage kicking servers in the battle of the bundles?

Converged infrastructure products, integrated computing platforms, single-stack solutions, data centre in a box: whatever you call them, the benefit of buying storage, servers and networking in a single, pre-engineered bundle is that, vendor-wise, when something goes wrong, you've only got one butt to kick. That's not quite …

Fukushima sends Japanese IT to the cloud

Analysis The devastating triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown which struck Japan in March 2011, has led many IT managers to rebuild their infrastructure with a key focus on disaster recovery and business continuity, according to experts. It’s an effort which has had obvious knock-on benefits for cloud …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Sep 2013
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Amazon's cloud dwarfs all others, Gartner finds

The disciples of Gartner's Magic Quadrant have sallied forth to reveal the latest findings of their uncaring quadrilateral god – and the results show that Amazon is the one true cloud, followed at a distance by enterprise supplier CSC. The magic quadrant is Gartner's way of ranking technologies, and sees the analyst firm plop …
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013

Why you wanna go and put STaaS in their eyes? Toshiba pays $3m for Zadara

Flash foundry operator Toshiba has invested $3m in a startup offering virtual private storage arrays in the cloud, citing a "unique and strong strategic fit" between the two companies. Storage upstart Zadara offers its Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSAs) as storage-as-a-service, offering iSCSI or NFS-based storage. Customers …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2013

Oz shared services collapse looks bad for NetApp

Opponents of shared IT services in government have a new case study they can point to, and NetApp's busy executives have another tricky item to consider after a major Australian shared services organisation failed. That agency is CenITex, created in 2008 by the government of Australian state Victoria. CenITex's original vision …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013

NZ blogger names source for data leak tipoff

Blogger Keith Ng, who went public over the deeply-careless kiosk implementation in New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development job-seeker kiosks, has named the man that gave him the tip-off as Ira Bailey. The revelation, which Ng writes was made with Bailey’s permission, adds a certain spice to the story, since Bailey is an …
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Dimension Data puffs up cloud partners

South Africa systems integrator Dimension Data launched a wide array of cloudy infrastructure services back in February, and now it is enlisting a service providers to help push the products. Dimension Data, which sports around $5.8bn a year in annual revenues, was acquired for $3.2bn by Nippon Telephone & Telegraph in July …
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Hong Kong firms also at risk from Chinese hackers

Security experts have warned multinationals with bases in Hong Kong that they are not immune to cyber attack from China despite the shared sovereignty between the Special Administrative Region (SAR)and its mainland parent. The Chinese authorities have long been blamed for either officially sanctioning cyber espionage attacks on …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jun 2012
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100-petabyte storage cloud names vendor panel

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) has named the vendors that will be permitted to construct nodes of the AUD$50m project. RDSI aims to create better access to data for researchers, by spreading it nodes to be hosted at different universities. The project is expected to pile up around 100 petabytes of storage and …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2012
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Megacorps accuse Chinese fab workers of pilfering designs

Multinationals based in China are increasingly worried about their local workforce stealing valuable intellectual property but many are failing to act in a timely and proactive manner to combat information security threats, according to a panel of security experts. Speaking at the 13th annual Info-Security Conference in Hong …
Phil Muncaster, 11 May 2012
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Dimension Data takes on all cloud comers

South Africa–based systems integrator Dimension Data is launching a mashup of its IT services and the cloudy infrastructure it acquired last year along with OpSource, in a new offering it calls Cloud Solutions. It's no more crazy for a system integrator to fluff up infrastructure clouds than it is for the world's largest …
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Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, …
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Clever patching keeps the system serviceable

It was the kind of day most systems administrators would like to forget. A customer of Canadian security consultant David Lewis, founder of the Liquidmatrix Security Digest, had decided to roll out a software patch to a Symantec product. Unfortunately, the firm didn’t check the patch as well as it could have and the tweak …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Dec 2011
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Dimension Data opens big digs in Sydney

Dimension Data has invested in a global service centre worth $AU107 million in Sydney. The new facility opened with a headcount of 130 people but it is anticipated that this will expand to 300 employees over the next five years. Dimension Data Australia’s CEO Rodd Cunico said “we have also been able to both win and retain …
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MacTel, Verizon score AGIMO gig

Enterprise grade telecommunications companies Macquarie Telecom and Verizon have secured coveted spots on the Australian Government Information Management Office's (AGIMO) Telecommunications Internet Based Network Connections (IBNC) Panel. AGIMO announced the additions on its blog and said that further companies may be added to …
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Long-lost IT bigwig found in Surrey forest

Dimension Data's former long serving EMEA CEO Russell Bolan has ditched the corporate lifestyle to hang out in the woods. The channel bigwig quit the rat race at the end of 2009 and has spent the time managing a 73 acre forest on the Surrey and Hampshire border but he is not, as it turns out, single-handedly trying to tackle …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2011
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DiData buys itself a hunk of cloud

Dimension Data, the South African services giant, has bought a US-based enterprise cloud hosting and storage company called OpSource. The company is creating a central Cloud Solutions Business Unit to house OpSource. It will report directly to chief executive Brett Dawson. OpSource has 150 staff. It is headquartered in Santa …
John Oates, 01 Jul 2011
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Cable & Wireless in talks to acquire 2e2

Cable & Wireless Worldwide has opened acquisition talks with systems integrator 2e2, according to industry insiders. Sources reckon that long term 2e2 backer Duke Street Capital (DSC), which acquired 2e2 from venture capitalist Gresham in September 2006 for £130m, is edging toward its five-year exit plan. A second private …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2011
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Look before you leap into desktop virtualisation

DV Desktop virtualisation is today’s hot topic in IT circles but as with every innovation, rushing headlong into it without proper planning could land you in trouble. How can you go from zero to 60 in measured, sensible steps and avoid a car crash along the way? In an ideal world, you would have all your ducks lined up in a neat …
Danny Bradbury, 09 Mar 2011

The case for DV

Desktop virtualisation Ever since the PC landed on desktops in the early 80s, it has been a mixed blessing for IT administrators. On the one hand it has empowered employees, but on the other hardware refreshes, maintenance and support have entailed high capital and operational expenditure. Most organisations are virtualising the desktop to regain some …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Feb 2011