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Dimension Data achieves Cisco UCS provider status

The Cisco Unified Computing System unites network, computational, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy-efficient system that can reduce the costs and complexity of information technology (IT) infrastructure, help extend capital assets, and improve business agility well into the future. A new computing model, the Cisco Unified Computing System uses integrated management and combines a “wire once” unified fabric with an industry-standard computing platform to optimize virtualization, reduce the data centre’s total overall cost, and provide dynamic resource provisioning for businesses that are becoming increasingly collaborative, mobile and distributed.

Youssef Fawaz, GM, Dimension Data, UAE said, “We are delighted to achieve Cisco’s ATP Data Centre Unified Computing certification. Dimension Data is among the first in the Gulf to provide clients with built-to-order data centre solutions that feature the Cisco UCS technology. Our services, coupled with onsite inventory of Cisco products deliver data centre solutions that are tailored to our client’s business challenges, quickly and cost effectively.

“Dimension Data’s 20-year relationship with Cisco, along with our other partners enables Dimension Data to provide ‘pre-packaged’ data centre solutions that combine computing power, network infrastructure, storage and management capabilities that are supported as a single product. This results in reduced data centre complexity and increased scalability and efficiency,” he explained.

“Our partners in the UAE are a key enabler to help us achieve Cisco’s vision to connect the UAE nation.” said said Wayne Hull, Director and General Manager, Cisco UAE. “Taking advantage of an architectural shift in the data centre, Cisco’s new computing model can help customers transform the data centre into a dynamic IT environment with the power to increase productivity, improve efficiency and drive virtualization to an entirely new level..As a Cisco Data Centre Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider, Dimension Data is a member of an elite ecosystem of industry leaders working with Cisco to stimulate technology innovation, augment service delivery, and accelerate the market adoption of unified computing.”

To qualify as a Cisco Data Centre Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider, Dimension Data had to meet a number of requirements. These included achieving the Cisco Data Centre Networking Infrastructure Specialization and the Cisco Data Centre Storage Networking Specialization as well as demonstrating mature competencies in server, storage and virtualization technologies.

Cisco’s Authorized Technology Provider Program is part of a comprehensive go-to-market strategy for emerging and advanced technologies. The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to sell, deploy and support these technologies. As the market changes, an ATP status is often the precursor to a Cisco specialisation.

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