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Dimension Data provides private cloud as a service to NatSteel

Zafar Anjum | April 14, 2015
This model helps the leading reinforcement steel solution provider ease pain in technology refresh, reduce cost and improve productivity

Dimension Data has helped a leading Pan-Asian reinforcement steel solutions provider, NatSteel Holdings, to migrate its in-house data centre management to a Private Cloud-as-a-service, the global ICT solutions and services provider announced today.

With this innovative IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) model, NatSteel has successfully moved from a CAPEX to an OPEX based operation, and also increased its workforce's productivity with a 99.9% infrastructure availability, Dimension Data said in a statement.

Headquartered in Singapore, NatSteel is a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

"As the original outsourcing contract was due for renewal, NatSteel thought that it would be the perfect time for embarking on an ITaaS transformation journey," the IT services company said. "After in-depth consideration, the manufacturer chose Dimension Data as one of its trusted partner for the journey."

Dimension Data proposed Private Cloud as a Service (CaaS) to NatSteel. With Private CaaS, Dimension Data is responsible for NatSteel's infrastructure and provides services such as deskside and data centre services including remote monitoring and a services desk for the client's Singapore office. The shifting of the IT operation from a CAPEX to OPEX model can not only reduce cost management, it also eliminates technology refresh management. Both of these ultimately translate into cost savings and increase productivity, the company noted.

"The flexibility and creativity that Dimension Data has demonstrated are impressive," said Yang Cher Ming, CIO, NatSteel. "By outsourcing our infrastructure support to a trusted and experienced partner such as Dimension Data, we were able to restructure our IT team to focus on our core business, rather than technology. Hence, a new role known as Biz-IT Lead was created. Reporting to Heads of key business departments, Biz-IT Leads are responsible for using IT to solve business challenges for the organisation."

Also, Dimension Data turned the client's existing flat LAN to a VLAN with redundancy, enabling network segmentation for 99.9% infrastructure availability. 



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