Dimension Data has announced a target of quadrupling the size of its data center business to $4 billion in the next five years.
The Group’s existing $1 billion data center business has a significant presence in all major regions. It’s looking to aggressively grow and scale these businesses both organically and through acquisition. In addition, Dimension Data believes its access to a significant set of data center assets across its parent company, the NTT Group, differentiates the business.
“In all regions and with all clients, large and small, there is an urgent need to undergo the transformation process needed to not only achieve better data center performance and manage disruptive technologies but also to become progressively greener, in terms of environmental custodianship,” says Steve Joubert, Group Executive for the Data center Business Unit.
“Although all our markets are targeting exponential growth, our analysis shows there’ll be higher rates of growth in mature regions such as Europe and North America, given the legacy data center investments in those geographies that require transformation. For many organizations, the most cost effective way of navigating the future will be through IT-as-a-Service, managed services, and outsourcing.”
Joubert says that the cloud, virtualization 3.0, and software-defined everything have changed the data center landscape forever. “New workloads, users, connected devices, and locations are compounding the pressure on the data center and our clients are asking for help in dealing with all of this in a way that helps their data center become a true ‘business response center’, capable of being agile and speedy when the business needs it to be.”
“Getting there requires an integrated approach in the secure delivery of workloads and applications across the traditional data center, cloud and the enterprise network, all of which make up the next-generation data center. This calls for a level and range of capabilities that the average organization doesn’t have and shouldn’t need to build or acquire when all the considerable benefits of cloud, networking, security, and systems integration experience as well as economies of scale and a global footprint are available through Dimension Data.”