SA IT firm making global impact

SOUTH African IT firm Dimension Data is on track to reach $8-billion (about R90-billion) in revenue this year‚ maintaining double-digit growth led by its push into data centres‚ the firm’s chief executive said yesterday.

Dimension aims to quadruple its global data centre management business to generate $4-billion (R45-billion) in revenue a year‚ said Brett Dawson‚ as it seeks to steal market share from top-ranked competitors such as IBM and Hewlett Packard.

A unit of Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp‚ Dimension Data has also set a target of doubling its turnover to $12-billion (R135-billion) by 2018.

“We just finished our first quarter and grown 17%. This year we are trying to get to $8-billion turnover and we are well on track to do that‚” Dawson told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit.

“Our data centre business has to grow at around 30% to 40% and we have been growing at that rate. When we look at the data centre we think it is at a moment of a dramatic change . . . At this moment of big change we can go in as a disrupter‚” he said.

At the moment‚ he said, clients were looking to either consolidate data centres or make less use of them‚ while power constraints and new cloud computing technology were helping change the way businesses operate.

This has enabled Dimension‚ a relative newcomer to data centres‚ to push new ideas and models for IT as a service.

– Reuters

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