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Dimension Data has responded to the expanding role cloud services are playing across enterprise information technology with the global launch of new cloud readiness services which it says are designed to help organisations assess their ability and readiness for migrating applications to the cloud.

The US$5.8 billion global ICT solutions and services provider’s cloud-readiness services comprise four elements – Online Cloud Self Assessment, Cloud Readiness Workshop, Cloud Readiness Assessment and Cloud Total Cost of Ownership (TOC).

Dave Hanrahan, General Manager of Cloud Services, Dimension Data Australia, says that the lack of a long-term cloud strategy could result in “costly re-architecture and reintegration measures down the line.”

“Dimension Data brings a rich heritage in building multifaceted enterprise IT and hybrid cloud solutions, enabling organisations to build a cloud roadmap that preserves business agility and operational efficiencies even as their business needs evolve.”

According to Hanrahan, Dimension Data’s approach addressed readiness across four critical aspects of cloud computing - business alignment, organisation, infrastructure and applications.

“With expertise in networking, virtualisation, security, data centres, application migration, Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud technologies, Dimension Data’s team of consultants delivers a cloud roadmap to help organisations realise the benefits of cloud computing more immediately.”

“Moving to the cloud is a complex process,” Hanrahan cautioned.

“There are many aspects to consider such as security, application migration, internal readiness, billing, authentication, single sign-on, and integration with other applications. Even the most sophisticated IT organisations find the process of migrating to the cloud challenging. Leveraging our expertise across traditional IT and cloud services, Dimension Data now offers its clients a suite of consulting services to help them prepare for their cloud journey.”

Hanrahan said the cloud readiness services provided organisations a comprehensive picture of where they stand in their cloud deployment cycle while also providing a long-term strategy for migrating key applications to the cloud.

He said Dimension Data also offered comprehensive consulting services assisting clients to develop a complete framework for their organisation’s transition to the cloud.

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Peter Dinham

 

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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