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Dimension Data takes on all cloud comers

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South Africa–based systems integrator Dimension Data is launching a mashup of its IT services and the cloudy infrastructure it acquired last year along with OpSource, in a new offering it calls Cloud Solutions.

It's no more crazy for a system integrator to fluff up infrastructure clouds than it is for the world's largest online retailer[1] to do so – and to become the mind and market share leader, at that.

This cloudy world is still in its early days, so it is no surprise that Dimension Data wants to be a player. And with Nippon Telephone & Telegraph as its parent and OpSource Cloud as a foundation, the company has a good chance of taking on the Amazons and Rackspaces of the world, and carving out some business for itself in the infrastructure cloud racket, especially in its home

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