Global Data Center Expansion for Dimension Data
Toward the end of May, Dimension Data announced plans to open three new cloud data centers, boosting the company’s global data center footprint to 13 facilities. Dimension Data chose Toronto, Canada; Auckland, New Zealand and Sao Paulo, Brazil for the sites of the new facilities, locations chosen based on needs to address increasing client demands for reliable business-grade cloud services.
The organization currently operates data centers in North and South America, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Each structure is part of Data Dimension’s Managed Cloud Platform network. The new Canada data center, New Zealand data center and Brazil data center are scheduled to be completed by September, 2014.
Partnership with Cisco
Besides providing services for growing customer demands, the company also announced that technology giant Cisco plans to sell cloud services using the new Managed Cloud Platform data centers to support its SaaS offerings. Additionally, Dimension Data will operate the three new global cloud data centers using Cisco’s IaaS, making the partnership mutually beneficial for both businesses.
According to PCWorld, Dimension Data will be utilizing Cisco’s Intercloud platform within its new Canada, New Zealand and Brazil data centers. The solution is a data center architecture that allows for connections between private and public infrastructures of global facilities within one, overarching cloud. Besides freeing up certain complexities within the data center, the Intercloud system also allows enterprise clients and vendors to support workloads in nearly any location. It also provides the flexibility to migrate content and traffic depending on industry compliance needs and boosted demands in specific areas.
Dimension Data’s Global Expansion
Dimension Data’s plans for three new data centers isn’t the only recent expansion within the company recently. The organization also added seven new Managed Cloud Platform data centers within the past 12 months, nearly doubling its previous service footprint.
“Expanding to 13 MCP locations gives Dimension Data the largest enterprise-class cloud presence in the world, and is testament to increasing global demand from both new and existing clients,” said Steve Nola, Dimension Data’s ITaaS business Unit.
Nola also noted that the company achieved several service-boosting milestones over the past year, including acquiring cloud-based visual communications provider Teleris and appointing SAP as its certified cloud and global hosting vendor. In addition, Dimension Data also recently launched a new Microsoft private cloud service within its cloud platform.
Data Center Global Expansion Trend
Dimension Data is just one of several organizations to grow its global service footprint this year. IBM also announced a $1.2 billion investment in plans to expand its worldwide cloud infrastructure, IDG News Service reported. The tech vendor will utilize the funding to launch 15 new data centers within the year, which will more than double its current global service footprint.