Dimension Data has furthered its commitment to the cloud by bringing on 25-year industry veteran Tina Gravel to be the company's first vice president and general manager of cloud services for the Americas, the company said Tuesday. Although Gravel started her job in January, the news was kept under wraps until she had fully established a strategy for the company, she said.

Global integration giant Dimension Data has named Verizon Terremark veteran Tina Gravel as its new general manager of its Americas cloud services business.

Gravel will leverage her marketing and partnering background to help Dimension Data build momentum for the growing business unit, which last year was identified by Gartner as a “challenger" in its 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service analysis.

Service provider Dimension Data has launched its new cloud data centre in London, bringing the presence of Dimension’s managed cloud platforms (MCP) to 10 locations worldwide.

New Zealand organisations are becoming highly attuned to the potential of cloud, and Dimension Data has noticed it’s the small to medium retail export businesses that are really jumping in head first.

While bigger companies, like the banks, might have done their testing and development on the cloud, they’re struggling to implement it fully because of the burden of their legacy infrastructure.

Sydney will be the first of Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform locations to roll out Cloud Backup.

Cloud Backup is an optional backup and restore service available as an add-on to Dimension Data's enterprise-class public, private and hosted private Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS) offerings. Dimension Data now offers three classes of Cloud Backup.

It addresses needs for simple file and folder backup, as well as full application, system and file backup and restore.