Dimension Data announced Monday that it has acquired Teliris, a privately-owned cloud and video collaboration service provider, for an undisclosed sum. The move comes less than a month after Dimension Data’s acquisition of Nexus, a US-based IT service provider.
Teliris, which has offices in London, Connecticut and New York, was founded in 2011 and provides cloud-based videoconferencing via its own proprietary solution.
Dimension Data said the acquisition will complement its “aggressive growth plans” and add to its cloud and video collaboration portfolios.
“The acquisition of Teliris is an investment in skills and expertise, and gives Dimension Data expanded scale to support the growth in our Managed Services for Visual Communications business,” said Steve Nola, chief executive officer of Dimension Data’s ITaaS business unit.
“Teliris’ cloud capabilities complement Dimension Data’s existing portfolio of both cloud services and managed services offerings. This, combined with the excellent experience and skillset of the Teliris operational staff in the U.S. and U.K., enables Dimension Data to accelerate the development of a true Video Conferencing-as-a-Service (VCaaS) offering to the market,” Nola said.
Jeff Tench, chief executive officer of Teliris said that the breadth of Dimension Data’s presence and portfolio as well as its experience with legacy infrastructure make it an ideal candidate to help grow the Teliris business. The company will remain autonomous “for the foreseeable future”.
“Teliris customers will benefit greatly as the new Teliris moves from the boardroom to the desktop with a comprehensive set of managed services for the entire video and unified communications estate,” Tench said.
The move comes barely a month after Dimension Data’s last acquisition. In April the company acquired IT service provider and datacentre operator Nexus in a bid to expand its presence in the US.
Cloud World Forum Africa 2014!
Pamoja, the value-added services business entity and strategic arm leading SEACOM’s entry into content aggregation and Cloud computing services, will host its Cloud platform at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi and use the facility to roll out Cloud services to the rapidly- expanding East Africa market.
According to a recent BizTech article, the company selected Nairobi, Kenya as its Cloud service delivery base because of its strategic location in relation to other countries in the East African market.
Come and meet Pamoja at the upcoming Cloud World Forum Africa, taking place from 10-11 June at The Maslow, Johannesburg.
Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre is the largest and most sophisticated carrier-neutral data centre in East Africa and is the ideal facility in which Pamoja can host its Cloud platform. The Nairobi Cloud platform compliments Pamoja’s other Cloud platform that is located in South Africa.
Executive management at Pamoja says the data centre facilities meet the Company’s availability, security and connectivity needs. These are also base criteria for the ISO 27001 certification processs which Pamoja has embarked upon. The ISO 27001 standard is the specification for an Information Security Management System. The objective of the standard itself is to “provide requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS)”.
“By interconnecting the two Pamoja platforms through the SEACOM submarine cable infrastructure we are able to firstly provide Cloud services with a regional presence and secondly offer geographic redundancy to customers who demand this,” says Albie Bester, General Manager at Pamoja.
“With physical Cloud infrastructure in Africa Pamoja is able to address customer concerns about the location of their sensitive data and ensure improved service response times compare to Cloud services that are hosted in Europe or the US,” Bester adds.
The Kenyan and South African Cloud platforms are managed by the Pamoja Cloud Services team with support from SEACOM network operations.
“Our Cloud platform is based on the Microsoft Dynamic Datacentre blue print and through the use of advanced management and monitoring systems it is possible to ensure the highest level of availability with a relatively small team of experts.” Bester continues.
Pamoja is poised to help businesses across the continent take advantage of the shift towards Cloud, the impact of the internet and social networks on the corporate space and the relevance of Cloud computing to core operations across most businesses.
Forrester Research forecasts that the global market for Cloud computing will grow from $40,7 billion to more than $241 billion in 2020.
According to Bester Cloud adoption in Africa is in an exciting and budding phase and although issues like quality of connectivity and stable electricity sources still represent challenges, infrastructure is improving all the time. “Soon Africa will be ready to consume Cloud services at a large scale.”
Adrian Schofield, Vice Chairman, African ICT Alliance (AfICTA).
Adrian has spent more than 25 years being involved in activities to promote standards and growth in the ICT sector. He received the 2012 Distinguished Service in ICT Award from Computer Society South Africa. He currently serves in these voluntary capaciies:
• Past President and Board member of Computer Society South Africa
• Vice Chairman of the Africa ICT Alliance
• Board member of Randjesfontein Country Estates
• Past Chairman of the Wanderers Club
In the past, Adrian has also served as President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa, as Vice-Chairman for Africa of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance and Chairman of the African Federation of ICT Associations. Adrian is a Fellow and Professional grade member of CSSA.
We asked Adrian for his insights into the African Cloud Market for 2014 and beyond!
Cloud. Terminology or technology?
In the BIG world where mainframes used to reign, cloud has been the terminology that defines the use of the network to link users and remote processors for over 30 years. It is not new. In today’s BIG world, replace the mainframes with data centres and X25 with Internet Protocol and the users are still accessing remote processors. OK, the user interfaces are friendlier; the devices may be mobile and the speeds faster…
In the African world, can the emerging economies and developing societies achieve the potential benefits of sharing resources and services on this BIG scale?
Across the continent, the infrastructure enables access for a relatively small proportion of the population and the cost of connection is high. Legislation and regulation are often outdated and inappropriate and issues of privacy and protection pose risks for providers and users alike.
Within the African context, there is the SMALL world. The world of small and medium enterprises, where technology acquisition is managed more by gut feel and word of mouth than by professional executives researching options to meet business demands. Do the decision-makers in this SMALL world understand “Cloud”?
In a research report published in April 2014, the JCSE at Wits University reviews the economic value of cloud services for SMMEs and challenges the vendor community to bridge the gap between the terminology of BIG business and the technology needed to support the growth of smaller enterprises.
Hear more from Adrian Schofield at this year’s Cloud World Forum Africa!