At first glance, Dimension Data’s position in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2011 Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services Magic Quadrant may not seem incredibly relevant to driving data centre business. However, quite the opposite is true.
We live in a world that is seeing rapid convergence between compute, storage and networking and the corresponding market interest in converged infrastructures such as UCS, Flexpods and VCE. Cloud is also beginning to change every client’s IT strategy, allowing services to be delivered over a network.
These factors are helping transform our data centre business by allowing us to offer more robust managed services with extremely compelling value propositions for our clients. In addition, some of the hottest data centre opportunities, such as Virtual Desktop Solutions, are critically dependent on the network to deliver the client experience needed for a successful project.
Just as we are finding network leadership critical to deliver the infrastructure of the future, Gartner also recognised the importance of infrastructure services as an end-to-end vision for a network service provider. Our current data centre offerings, such as data centre relocation, and capabilities around virtualisation – both the client’s infrastructure and workloads – were key capabilities contributing to Dimension Data’s achieving leadership positioning.
Our clients are looking for trusted advisors who have a vision and real expertise in delivery of infrastructures of the future, converged and cloud delivered. We have a great proof point in our hands now to lead the conversation with our clients.