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Dimension
Data announced that it has acquired OpSource, an enterprise cloud company, in a
deal that will see Dimension Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Holdings,
accelerate its cloud computing services offerings.

At
the same time, Dimension Data, a $4.7 billion ICT services and solutions
provider, has created a centralized Cloud Solutions Business Unit, which will
report directly into Dimension Data’s CEO, Brett Dawson. OpSource will become
part of the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit.

OpSource
employs 150 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with operations in
Virginia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India. More than 600 enterprises,
service providers and software-as-a-service ISVs employ OpSource’s cloud
automation technology to operate cloud computing and hosting environments.

Dawson
said market readiness for cloud services is being enabled by technology
maturation, along with clients’ needs for more flexible, services-centric IT
sourcing options. “Our decision to accelerate our focus on cloud services
aligns to our long-standing strategy to become a services-led business,” he
said. “Over the past few years, Dimension Data has been building cloud-related
skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualization, data center and storage,
managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing—all critical to enabling cloud
architectures for our clients.”

Dimension
Data’s competencies and capabilities in IT integration are geared toward
helping organizations effectively adopt a cloud architecture. The group’s focus
on multinational systems integration projects, coupled with its managed
services, data center and storage, and security expertise, is designed to
accelerate the transition to cloud computing for clients across all regions.

“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,”
Dawson said. “We believe OpSource provides us with an accelerated time-to-market
as their infrastructure and services are well-established and tested. Dimension
Data is now well-positioned to provide our clients with services that help them
at each step in their journey toward cloud architectures.”

According
to Treb Ryan, OpSource CEO and co-founder, mapping a migration path and
architectural design for the cloud is complex and requires in-depth
understanding of an organization’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 capitalize on the
global cloud computing market opportunity. We’re thrilled to be a part of the
Dimension Data family.”