Dimension Data has launched a unified network and security service that consolidates several capabilities addressing IT operations and Cyber security risks. This is made possible by taking advantage of the power in cloud delivered services from our strategic partner , Cisco Technologies.
The new service, Managed Secure Software-Defined Wide Area Network, will enable both large and small enterprises deliver seamless secure access of applications and services to users on wherever they may be in new dynamic environment , post COVID-19 . The service is highly scalable and agile to respond to the elastic needs of the modern workplace. It will enable clients to rapidly deploy new technologies and services within their environments, proactively address cyber risks, and provide scalability from their data centre be it in private and public cloud.
(TOP: Andrew Ngunjiri – left – Dimension Data’s GM for Technology Solutions and BONKE Nyariaro – right- the CISCO Systems CTO demonstrating to CIC Group Network Administrator, Elizabeth Wairimu – centre – how the new Cyber Security and Networking service works during a launch event in Nairobi. The Managed Secure Software-Defined Wide Area Network will enable both large and small enterprises to deliver seamless secure access of applications and services to users wherever they may be in new dynamic environment post COVID-19).
Speaking during the launch of the service, Dimension Data’s Head of Digital Network Services Product and Commercialization, Samuel Wanduga said the solution is ideal for supporting clients next phase in digital transformation, which is to ensure businesses are ready for the future.
He noted that with the new network and security unified solutions, the network is being extended to roaming and remote users of the modern enterprise thus introducing a broader attack surface. “Users need to access applications and services that are distributed in both private and public clouds significantly adding cyber risks. The new service aims to significantly mitigate the access risk for this dynamic user who is now working from anywhere.”
“Working closely with Cisco, Dimension Data aims to harness its industry-leading expertise in creating innovative solutions while constantly engaging clients to meet their unique needs. Our synergy with Cisco is a testament to our dedication to provide clients with top-tier services,” said Wanduga.
“By integrating Cisco Meraki’s Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Managed SDWAN capabilities into our offerings, we’re equipping our clients with agile, secure, and high-performance networking solutions. Clients can anticipate not only enhanced network security but also improved connectivity and adaptability to meet evolving business demands,” he added.
Some of the benefits clients are going to derive from the solution include cost efficiencies and increased agility through automation, fit for purpose middle mile /underlay services management, secure remote work, optimisation in accessing existing applications/services, security posture enhancement and visibility, and alignment to business outcomes and growth management.
“Our Managed Secure SDWAN service is aimed at solid business partnerships with our clients which complement their internal IT capacities and provides for peace of mind as they focus on their core businesses objectives” he added.
The solution will be delivered in three options ; as system integration, bring your own nnetwork, or a full managed service offering.
Commenting on the launch, Pi Sewbalak, Business Development Manager: Service Providers & Channel Partners for Africa at Cisco Meraki- Cloud Networking Group said: “We are excited to launch our SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud managed solution in partnership with our long-standing Gold partner, Dimension Data, in the Kenyan market.”
He noted that the distribution of users, resources and networks continues to evolve along with the IT landscape, creating new complexities. Simplifying the IT experience enables IT to better automate, monitor and proactively diagnose issues before they occur, thus supporting a framework that is well-positioned to evolve alongside the modern hyper-distributed network as well as securing and connecting hyper-distributed users and resources, regardless of where they are located.
“Cisco is dedicated to simplifying IT. Our vision is to create a simpler network management platform experience to help customers easily access and manage Cisco networking solutions securely from one place, the Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed Dashboard. In partnership with NTT Dimension Data Kenya, our Cloud Managed SD-WAN, secured by our secure access service edge (SASE) offer, we optimise IT experiences, secure locations, and seamlessly connect people, places, and things for hybrid workforces prioritising SD-WAN and security”, says Pi Sewbalak.