DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 16, 2011 – Dimension Data yesterday announced it has acquired the final shareholding in managed and cloud IT and telecommunications services company BlueFire, and Netforce, the hosted and managed IT services provider that merged with BlueFire in 2010. This makes BlueFire a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dimension Data, consolidating its managed services and cloud computing offering in Australia and Asia, where BlueFire has a growing footprint.
Headquartered in Sydney, BlueFire offers a range of managed and cloud computing services to more than 500 mid-size clients across Australia, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Its services include productivity application hosting, email and email security, desktop as a service, hosted telephony, cloud storage, disaster recovery, private networks, disaster and backup recovery and cloud computing. BlueFire operates from seven data centres in Australia and New Zealand, hosting more than 2500 servers and associated infrastructure.
Dimension Data made its first strategic investment in BlueFire in 2008. In mid-2010, it took a further stake in the company and, at the same time, acquired a majority stake in Netforce. As a consequence of the investment, the two companies merged operations under the BlueFire brand.
With the full acquisition, BlueFire becomes part of Dimension Data’s global Cloud Solutions business unit, along withOpSource,the Santa Clara-based enterprise cloud company Dimension Data acquired in June 2011. The unit reports to Steve Nola, who is the Group CEO for Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions business unit and CEO for the Dimension Data Australia group of companies.
In Australia, BlueFire’s day-to-day operations, reporting lines, branding, and 85 staff, and management will remain unchanged by the full acquisition, and Dimension Data will continue to market its Hosted and Cloud Computing Services Suite in the Australian market.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data 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.
Founded in 1996, BlueFire is Australia’s original and most progressive managed and cloud IT and telecommunications services company. Offering a broad suite of services and expertise across Australia, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, in addition to providing its services directly to mid-size organisations, BlueFire enables IT integrators, telecommunications service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to rapidly bring to market the broadest range of cloud services available for their customers.