Challenger: Dimension Data
Dimension Data, a multiational VAR and SI, sells a VMware-powered public cloud IaaS as well as a private cloud IaaS. Dimension Data got into the cloud IaaS game through its 2011 acquisition of SaaS OpSource, and has maintained its billing platform, help desk and custom app management, Gartner said.
Strengths: Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform has a common architecture spanning public and private clouds, which is relatively unique in the market, Gartner said. It offers sales and marketing enablement to its OneCloud Alliance members and is also working toward a model that will let service providers sell its offerings under a white label model, Gartner said.
Cautions: Dimension Data uses VMware virtualization but is not embracing the full vCloud suite, choosing instead to develop its own software, Gartner said. Dimension Data is owned by NTT, and while NTT has chosen to give it free reign, "continued support and noninterference" will be needed going forward, Gartner said.