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Machine Learning Comes to Tour de France

Deeper race insights on the cards for cycling fans around the worldLondon/Paris – 29 June 2017 - Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), organisers of the Tour de France, and Dimension Data, the Official Technology Partner of the Tour de France, today announced the introduction of machine learning technologies at this yearrsquo;s Tour de France to give cycling fans across the globe an unprecedented experience of this yearrsquo;s event.

The race begins in Duuml;sseldorf on Saturday and... Source: RealWire

Dimension Data Renews F5 Networks Platinum Partner Status

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Company recognised for performance in delivering client solutions in networking and security.

London – 24 January 2017Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, has renewed its F5 Networks’ UNITY® Partner Program Platinum Partner status.

Platinum is the highest membership level of the UNITY program, which provides access to enhanced training and services designed to provide the highest level of service and support to customers.

F5 makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments and consumer brands.

This encompasses cloud and security solutions that enable organisations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control.

Vangelis Tsingos, Solutions Director, Dimension Data Europe, said:
“We are proud to achieve Platinum Partner status for the second year in a row.

F5 solutions are vital building blocks for our clients in enabling new levels of performance, security and agility, and we look forward to building on our strong collaborative track-record to date”.

Michael Schoenrock, EMEA Channel Sales Director, F5 Networks, said:
“Dimension Data is an outstanding partner worldwide in our channel landscape, and their renewed Platinum status is testament to their dedication, focus and ongoing success in delivering cutting-edge F5 technology projects. Our partnership is extremely important, particularly as demand continues to soar for future-proof cloud and security solutions.”

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About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era.

As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com

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Dimension Data Publishes IT Predictions For 2017

The focus on digital is set to remain the key trend in the IT industry for the next 12 months

London, UK – 29 November 2016 - Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, today published its top IT predictions for 2017, and the focus on digital is set to remain the key trend in the industry for the next 12 months.

Dimension Data’s Chief Technology Officer, Ettienne Reinecke says digital is about building truly customer-centric business models on IT including the network, data centre, applications, and other infrastructure - which may be on-premise, or cloud-based. “Today, there’s no such thing as a digital strategy – just strategy in a digital world.

And while the digital age is creating a degree of uncertainty for some organisations, it’s also opening the doors to exciting possibilities and ushering in an era of infinite potential.”

Reinecke cites ownership and access to data – and metadata – as a key theme. “In the year ahead, control and ownership of data and metadata will emerge as a point of discussion - and indeed contention.

That’s because data and metadata are the ‘gold dust’ that allow organisations to glean rich insights about customer behaviour.
In addition, metadata allows organisations to identify specific behavioural patterns, derive business intelligence, and make informed business decisions,” Reinecke explains.

As a result, organisations are becoming increasingly protective of their metadata, and wary of who has access to it. “Organisations don’t just want ownership and control of their data for compliance reasons: they want it to perform analytics. We expect that this will trigger some interesting discussions between businesses and their cloud providers.

For example, where are the boundaries with respect to ownership, especially around metadata. We foresee this issue resulting in a bit of ‘push and pull’ among the various parties.”

Other IT trends that Dimension Data predicts will make their mark in 2017 include:

  • Intelligence is driving the predictive cybersecurity posture
    Cybercrime is big business. Over the last few years, cybercriminals have been re-investing much of the ill-gotten gains into developing more sophisticated capabilities, using more advanced technologies.

    Despite ongoing innovation in the cybersecurity industry, much of the effort remains reactive.

    Cybersecurity will become more predictive, rather than proactive.

  • Machines are being embedded in the workspace for tomorrow
    A new generation is starting to show up at work, and they’re not millennials, or even Gen Z: they’re machines.

    And it won’t be much longer before holographics, augmented reality, and virtual reality begin to move from B2C into B2B.

    Also, over the next two to three years these technologies will drive a fundamental transformation of the workspace.

  • The Internet of Things is delivering on the promise of big data
    IoT will deliver on the promise of big data.
    Increasingly, big data projects are going through multiple updates in a single year – and the Internet of Things (IoT) is largely the reason.

    That’s because IoT makes it possible to examine specific patterns that deliver specific business outcomes, and this has to increasingly be done in realtime.

    This will drive a healthier investment, and faster return in big data projects.

  • Container technology is the new disruptor in the data centre and a key enabler for hybrid IT
    In 2017 we’ll see more widespread adoption of containers, but the transition to a fully containerised world will take few more years.
    In addition, we’ll see increasing adoption of network function virtualisation (NFV) when cloud-enabling existing networks, and for new networks to be architected with hybrid cloud in mind.

Visit dimensiondata.com to read more about Dimension Data’s 2017 IT predictions.

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As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
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Networks Getting Younger As Organisations Start To Embrace Workplace Mobility, IoT,...

The number of enterprises with at least one security vulnerability is the highest in five years

London, UK - 9 November 2016 - Enterprises across the globe are refreshing their network equipment earlier in its lifecycle in a move to embrace workplace mobility, Internet of Things, and software-defined networking strategies.
In addition, their equipment refresh is more strategic, with architectural vision in mind.

But despite the higher refresh rate, networks are getting less secure, largely due to neglected patching.

These are some of the highlights in the annual Network Barometer Report today by Dimension Data.

First published in 2009, the 2016 Network Barometer Report was compiled from data gathered from 300,000 service incidents logged for client networks that Dimension Data supports.

Dimension Data also carried out 320 technology lifecycle management assessments covering 97,000 network devices in organisations of all sizes and all industry sectors across 28 countries.

Andre van Schalkwyk, Senior Practice Manager Network Consulting, Dimension Data said, “Since 2010, networks had been ageing.

This year’s Report reverses that trend, and for the first time in five years, we’re seeing networks age more slowly.

“Ageing networks are not necessarily a bad thing: companies just need to understand the implications.

They require a different support construct, with gradually increasing support costs. On the other hand, this also means that organisations can delay refresh costs,” says van Schalkwyk, and points out that ageing networks are unlikely to support initiatives such as software-defined networking and automation, or handle traffic volumes necessary for collaboration or cloud.

According to the Report, in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australia enterprises’ network age reduced in line with the global average, while in the Americas, the number of ageing and obsolete devices decreased much faster, from 60% in the 2015 Report to 29% in the 2016 Report.

This can be attributed to the release of pent-up spend following four years of financial constraint.
Van Schalkwyk said clients in the Americas appear to be refreshing networks with the new generation of programmable infrastructure.
In Asia-Pacific and Australia, equipment refresh occurred as part of data centre network redesigns.

In contrast to the global trend, in Middle East and Africa, the network age increased, possibly the result of economic uncertainty, particularly in South Africa.

Meanwhile, of the 97,000 network devices that Dimension Data discovered, the number of devices that have at least one known [1]security vulnerability increased from 60% in the 2015 Report to 76% in the 2016 Report – the highest figure in five years.

In Europe the rise in network vulnerabilities has been very steep over the last three years, hiking from 26% in 2014 to 51% in 2015 and to 82% in the 2016 Report. Network vulnerability has also risen in organisations in the Middle East and Africa over the last three years.
In Australia, 87% of network devices have at least one known vulnerability.
In Asia-Pacific and the Americas, networks are slightly less vulnerable - respectively 49% and 66%, compared to 61% and 73% in the previous edition.

Other highlights in the 2016 Network Barometer Report include:

  • The percentage of devices supporting IPv6 rose steeply from 21% last year to 41% this year, due to the increase in current devices in networks.

    This allows organisations with newer networks to support their digitisation strategies by enabling connectivity for the Internet of Things, big data, analytics, and containerisation.
  • Software-defined networking is coming soon, but not just yet. While there is market interest in software-defined networks, it’s early in the adoption cycle and today, few organisational networks are capable of supporting a software-defined approach.
    In 2015 less than 0.4% of devices could support software-defined WAN and only 1.3% of data centre switches were SDN-ready.
  • Incident response is 69% faster, and repair time 32% faster networks monitored by Dimension Data.
    These numbers reduce by a further 55% and 36% respectively, when combined with Dimension Data’s service desk integration.
  • 37% of incidents are caused by configuration or human error, which can be avoided with proper monitoring, configuration management, and automation.

[1] A security advisory is a notice issued by a manufacturer that they are aware of a security vulnerability on one of their products.

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As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
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Dimension Data Listed Among Top 10 Fastest-Growing Consulting Service Providers, 2014-2015

Press Release 30 August 2016 – Dimension Data, the $7.5 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, today announced that Gartner, Inc., a leading IT research and advisory firm, has ranked Dimension Data among the top 10 fastest-growing consulting service providers, 2014-2015 in the new report, “Market Share Analysis: Consulting Services, Worldwide, 2015.” Authored by Jacqueline Heng, Dean Blackmore and Julie Short, the report was published in May 2016. The list ranked consulting providers worldwide according to “annual revenue growth rates for 2014 and 2015 (with a cutoff at $20 million consulting service revenue; the cutoff serves to keep the table relevant).” Key report findings include: Consultancies advising on digital business must help clients clearly articulate their service purchases to the overall business growth of a company. Providers will grow market share with consulting services that include risk management, security, privacy, digital and Internet of Things services. “Dimension Data has made a significant investment in its consulting business both in terms of organic and inorganic growth,” said Bill Padfield, Group Executive, Services – Dimension Data. “Being recognised as one of the top 10 fastest-growing consulting providers in this report indicates to us that our strategy is indeed working.” Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation.

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About Dimension DataDimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era.

As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. http://www.dimensiondata.comFor further informationMatthew/Jonathan MathiasFinn Partnerstel +44 (0) 20 3217 7060Email: dimensiondata@finnpartners.com