A software-defined private cloud may be a perfect fit for your organisation

Dimension Data is helping organisations to take the next step and take advantage of a software-defined advantage by implementing a software-defined private cloud solution, by Jeff Jack, Intelligent Infrastructure Executive, Dimension Data.

Johannesburg, 26 Feb 2021
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Every digital transformation journey will require infrastructure modernisation – and it’s vital to take the right path for your organisation. Your business objectives will determine the cloud venue for your unique workloads. A private cloud can be built for purpose and Dimension Data’s software-defined private cloud solution offers a range of powerful benefits.

Since a private cloud environment can be designed to support any existing application, it can be easier to migrate from an onsite ecosystem to a private cloud. But other organisational pressures can make a private cloud more suitable than a public one, especially data sovereignty and security concerns.

Software-defined advantage

The software-defined private cloud is complemented with our managed services platform and network services. This delivers the API-driven automation and orchestration needed for improved efficiencies and security across your entire IT landscape.

The software-defined data centre (SDDC) aspect of the solution effectively brings the features of public cloud to an on-premises environment. It’s a complete hardware and platform-agnostic architecture, which means it can run on converged or hyper-converged infrastructure. This facilitates the journey to a hybrid world. The SDDC comprises four basic elements: compute, storage, networking and the automation and management layer that sits on top.

A host of strengths to leverage

Software-defined private cloud from Dimension Data is the result of a partnership with VMware, the world’s leading virtualised data centre software provider, and utilises VMware’s validated reference architectures. It delivers flexibility and choice with the ability to control the location of your data, the right security and compliance measures to support your requirements, easy scalability and fast deployments while ensuring cost predictability.

This translates into business outcomes that can deliver an invaluable competitive edge.

These include:

  • Reduced time to market driven by use cases, ready architectures and global delivery governance, which ensures consistency across multiple locations.
  • The ability to keep up with innovation and market trends with a best-in-class portfolio of solutions and services.
  • Flexibility and scalability, thanks to a modular design that allows you to start small and scale as needed.
  • Hybrid cloud management, automation, orchestration, advanced networking and built-in security.
  • Cost control, thanks to a consumption-based pricing model.
  • A choice of operational models.

Our software-defined private cloud solution can be delivered as a straightforward hardware as a service model or a fully managed solution with monitoring, reporting, automation, guaranteed SLAs and a disaster recovery option. Either way, you receive the benefit of architecture based on Dimension Data and VMware best practice, which can be implemented in your data centres or ours, with our entire portfolio of managed services available on an à la carte basis.

Support it with a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN)

A cloud-ready, Internet-first wide area network is an important requirement to support cloud adoption. This network needs to be agile and offer the kind of high performance that legacy WAN infrastructure is unable to match. Software-defined networking (SDN) is a cost-effective solution. With the control and configuration functions redefined in software, an SDN can be quickly and easily reconfigured. SD-WAN applies this principle to an organisation’s entire global network infrastructure to create a flexible and secure overlay network. Along with increased agility, it offers improved application performance and lower cost of bandwidth and is especially advantageous for organisations with critical branch operations.

Accelerate your digital transformation journey

Our consulting and professional services teams will work with your organisation to ensure that your solution is fully optimised for your unique business requirements and objectives. We start with a thorough evaluation of your current technology, so take the next step by contacting us to find out more.

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