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   DIMENSION DATA TO OFFER PRIVATE CLOUD PRODUCTIVITY SOLUTIONS
      Dimension Data extends Cloud Services portfolio; bridges the gap for enterprises and
                   governments moving key business services to the cloud



Johannesburg, South Africa – 7 June 2012 - Dimension Data Holdings plc, an ICT services
and solutions provider, today announced it will offer Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft
Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2010 cloud services hosted in its managed private
cloud environment. Part of its Cloud Services portfolio, and based upon Dimension Data’s
Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP), enterprises will realise the benefits of Microsoft Corp.’s
business productivity capabilities while reducing the cost and risk of managing the underlying
infrastructure and applications. Dimension Data’s approach provides a customisable and secure
managed private cloud solution that maintains data sovereignty and control. Initially available in
South Africa in calendar Q3 2012, the Group intends to offer the service in an additional 10
countries and expand availability based upon client demand.


“Dimension Data has more than 10 years of experience deploying on-premise Exchange,
SharePoint and Lync solutions for clients globally, and has migrated more than one million end
users to public cloud business productivity solutions,” said Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data’s
Cloud Business Unit. “Our strong expertise in tailoring Microsoft solutions to our clients’ needs
provides the assurance that their operations are in good hands.”


The economics and efficiency benefits of moving messaging, collaboration and unified
communication technologies to the cloud are appealing to many enterprises; however, existing
public cloud environments can fail to satisfy key business requirements. Dimension Data’s new
offering is part of the Group’s Cloud Services strategy announced earlier in the year. This
offering, based upon Microsoft productivity solutions, provides a private, single-tenant cloud
environment hosted in Dimension Data’s data centres throughout the world, or on the client’s


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premises. The managed offering provides enterprises with the level of customisation, flexibility
and control needed to address unique business requirements.


“By offering our clients managed productivity solutions in a private cloud environment, Dimension
Data is helping remove the barriers that have previously inhibited some organisations from
placing key business services in the cloud,” said Peter Menadue, general manager of Microsoft
solutions at Dimension Data. “By basing this offering on our Managed Cloud Platform™,
Dimension Data is enabling enterprises around the globe to take a key step in their journey to the
cloud with the security, compliance and customisation assurances they require.”


“Enterprises and government organisations will benefit from Dimension Data-hosted productivity
solutions,” said Mark Hill, Vice President, Enterprise Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “As one of
our most innovative alliances, Dimension Data has the depth of experience to offer customers
flexible cloud solutions based on Microsoft technologies that best meet their organisational
needs.”


Maximising existing investments in technology is a key consideration for enterprises as they
transition to the cloud. Organisations with Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreements can take advantage
of the License Mobility through Software Assurance option to repurpose their SharePoint 2010,
Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010 licenses. Dimension Data will take advantage of this
licensing option so that their clients can move to the cloud on their own schedule, without waiting
for existing agreements to expire or purchasing duplicate licenses.


Dimension Data’s cloud services platform, built on Windows Server and Microsoft System Center
is fully managed and allows for organisations to maintain the control they need to perform routine
tasks through a self-service portal for client administration. Long-standing vendor relationships
and multi-vendor management capabilities position Dimension Data to support and manage
complex systems integration obstacles that arise.


Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP)
Dimension Data’s Cloud Services are delivered on the company’s Managed Cloud Platform™
(MCP), a fully-managed cloud delivery platform. Hosted within a Dimension Data or client data
centre, the MCP is comprised of cloud infrastructure (servers, storage, networking, virtualisation
and operating system software) and Dimension Data CloudControl™, a cloud management
system that provides operational control and automation of cloud resource provisioning,
orchestration, administration, and billing. The MCP can be accessed via a web-based user
interface or REST-based application interface (API), enabling integration of the platform with



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third-party cloud or enterprise system management software. Private MCPs can be deployed in
client data centres across more than 100 countries. Dimension Data’s public cloud services can
be accessed globally via Dimension Data Public MCPs in the San Jose, CA and Ashburn, VA,
United States; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Sydney, Australia and Johannesburg, South Africa.
For more information on the services, please visit: www.dimensiondata.com/cloud.


-ENDS-


About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its
technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate
the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.
www.dimensiondata.com




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