Dimension Data adds dedicated network connections for private cloud

Summary:The new add-on service is for businesses that want faster, secured access to the integrator's cloud and managed hosting environments.

For businesses that don't want to rely on the public Internet to access its cloud and managed hosting services, systems integrator Dimension Data has created a dedicated Cloud Private Network Connection offering.

There are two options for the new service:

  • Direct Connect offers access at a speed of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to a dedicated physical port at Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) locations
  • Private Connect provides connections via a virtual port to Dimension Data's service provider partners

The services are designed to sidestep any potential unreliabilty that could arise from unpredictable Internet connections. Wide area network performance is often an obstacle to the migration of production systems or applications into cloud environments, but these network offerings ameliorate that concern, said Gerard Florian, director of product management at Dimension Data.

The announcement follows the appointment last month of a new executive to lead the company's Americas cloud services business, Tina Gravel, who previously has held positions with Nirvanix and Terremark, a Verizon company. In her new role, Gravel will become the Dimension Data Americas vice president and general manager, cloud services. 

To help support an "acceleration" of cloud services adoption, the integrator added four new data centers to its MCP footprint during 2013 bringing the total number of locations to 11. (The sites include Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Santa Clara, Calif., and two in Ashburn, Va.) 

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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