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Dimension Data claims first private cloud in NZ

CEO Robyn Hartendorp critical of Department of Internal Affairs's approach to infrastructure as a service

Dimension Data claims to have built the first private cloud in New Zealand at the same time as it is being critical of the Department of Internal Affairs's approach to infrastructure as a service.

The multi-national has unveiled globally a comprehensive range of services aimed at making it easier for organisations to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing.

Dimension Data has introduced its Managed Cloud Platform, which allows disparate cloud services to be delivered on the same platform. Its cloud management system, CloudControl, automates provisioning, orchestration, administration and billing.

The services include:

• cloud enablement advisory and consulting services,

• cloud and system integration services across traditional on-premise IT systems and private, public or hybrid clouds,

• Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS), which provides virtual servers and storage as a service in both shared (public) and dedicated (private) environments,

• managed hosting,

• managed services,

• application services.

"We've built the first private cloud in New Zealand," says Robin Hartendorp, New Zealand CEO. "We've also launched our Community Cloud brand (for local bodies) and we've got a multi-tenanted SharePoint service, which I think is the first in Australasia.

"Our off-premise private cloud provides infrastructure billing and orchestration, all run from Santa Clara. They load the software to the platform and remotely manage it. Customers then get the benefit of a fully leveraged operation."

The Santa Clara operation, previously known as Opsource, was bought last year. It was originally funded by Dimension Data parent NTT and Intel and run as a private and public cloud.

"They really understand cloud control software," Hartendorp says.

Questioned about his claim to have the first private cloud in New Zealand, he says his definition is an environment that can be multi-tenanted.

"I think the DIA approach is wrong because transition was always going to be a problem. They should have gone for a large private cloud. At the moment, external providers are very vanilla, with no applications."

DIA has named Datacom and Revera as its providers of infrastructure as a service but is still in negotiation with IBM as a possible provider.

Hartendorp says Dimension Data is unique because it is prepared to buy back assets and turn them into a cloud. "In fact, our cloud service is cheaper than our managed service," he says. "You can buy from us in various shapes and sizes."

He says Dimension Data recently deployed its first private cloud for Accenture in The Netherlands.

"And under OneCloud, we've just built six data centres to service BSNL, India's largest telco," Hartendorp says.


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