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Dimension Data’s Microsoft partner status elevated

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 31, 2011
New status recognises company's track record in moving forward cloud initiatives.

Global IT provider Dimension Data has recently been recognised as one of the very few Microsoft partners that can push forward the cloud computing plans of Microsoft customers.

Johannesburg-headquartered Dimension Data has recently been granted the Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner status, which is said to be held by only one percent of Microsoft partners worldwide. The new status adds to Dimension Data's status as a Microsoft  Hyper-V Private Cloud partner to reinforce the company's drive to help customers adopt cloud computing.

Dimension Data said it achieved its latest status because of its track record in delivering cloud computing projects worldwide.

As a  Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner, Dimension Data will be supported and promoted by Microsoft under the Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Programme which was launched last year. The support from Microsoft will enhance Dimension Data capabilities via access to relevant online services and higher levels of presales and technical support.

Joint solutions

"Dimension Data has reached yet another milestone in our longstanding relationship with Microsoft," said Peter Menadue, group general manager, Microsoft Solutions, Dimension Data. "We recognise the value of working together when deploying solutions for our clients. Indeed, leveraging the Microsoft skills and support is often the backbone of our implementations."

Josh Waldo, senior director, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft, said the Microsoft Cloud Accelerate programme provides top cloud partners with technical and business support to enable them to build and sell cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies. "The partners in this programme are doing amazing things and are looking to differentiate their business and better serve customers with Microsoft cloud solutions," Waldo added.

Dimension Data said the Microsoft Accelerate programme is in line with its own strategy to improve its capabilities in cloud computing. This strategy involves building up Dimension Data's skills and capabilities in other technologies -- such as virtualisation, data centre and storage, managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing - which build up the architecture for cloud computing.

Focused on cloud

"In June this year, we took another step in our cloud journey when we acquired OpSource, a US-based enterprise cloud company, and at the same time created a centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit. We look forward to working with Microsoft on our future cloud initiatives which includes helping our clients in the adoption of Microsoft public and private cloud platform products, such as Office 365," Menadue said.

Dimension Data is a Microsoft Gold Partner on five continents, and has more than 1,100 Microsoft certifications, including 450 Microsoft Certified System Engineers. In 2006, Dimension Data and Microsoft entered into a multi-year Global Alliance Agreement involving the two companies investing more to pursue new market opportunities and improve value to their joint clients.


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