DiData buys US cloud services company

5 July 2011

South Africa’s Dimension Data (DiData) has acquired US enterprise cloud company OpSource for an undisclosed sum, as part of its efforts to accelerate and expand its cloud computing service offerings.

The move will see DiData creating a centralised cloud solutions business unit, of which OpSource will form part. The unit will report directly to Dimension Data CEO Brett Dawson.

OpSource provides expertise and automation technology to operate high-availability, business-critical cloud computing and hosting environments to over 600 enterprises, service providers and software-as-a-service independent software vendors.

It employs 150 people and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with operations in Virginia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India.

“Market readiness for cloud services is being enabled by technology maturation, along with clients’ needs for more flexible services-centric, IT sourcing options,” Dawson said in a statement this week. “Our decision to accelerate our focus on cloud services aligns to our long-standing strategy to become a services-led business.”

Building cloud-related capabilities

Over the past few years, Dimension Data has been building cloud-related skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualisation, data centre and storage, managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing – all critical to enabling cloud architectures for clients.

“OpSource brings a rich set of services, a sound cloud architecture, and extensive experience in cloud services that will meet immediate client needs – in addition to a cloud infrastructure which supports development and growth in this space,” said Dawson. “We believe OpSource provides us with an accelerated time-to-market as their infrastructure and services are well-established and tested.”

Global market opportunity

According to OpSource co-founder and CEO Treb Ryan, mapping a migration path and architectural design for cloud is complex and requires in-depth understanding of an organisation’s entire IT infrastructure, architecture, and relative interdependencies and risks.

“An understanding of IT integration across disparate multi-technology, multi-geography, IT environments is critical to evolving toward cloud-based architectures,” he said. “We believe that as part of Dimension Data, OpSource will be better able to capitalise on the global cloud computing market opportunity.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Dimension Data family.”

In July 2010, Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), a leading global telecoms provider, acquired Dimension Data for approximately £2.1-billion, leading to its delisting from the JSE.

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