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Dimension Data Positioned in the Challengers Quadrant for North America Managed and Professional Network Services

May 23, 2008

NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Dimension Data, a $3.8 billion leading IT solutions and services provider, today announced that Dimension Data has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Challengers quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, North America”(1) report.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Gartner for our completeness of vision and ability to execute,” said Jere Brown, CEO of Dimension Data Americas. “In my opinion, our placement in the Challengers Quadrant by Gartner is confirmation of Dimension Data Americas’ proven track record in providing high-quality, cost-effective network services to our clients in the U.S.”

This Gartner Magic Quadrant examines the North American managed and professional network services market, assessing a vendor’s completeness of vision and ability to execute. Gartner considered a number of criteria in assessing companies for inclusion in the Magic Quadrant. In terms of completeness of vision, “Gartner evaluates technology and IT services providers on their ability to convincingly articulate logical statements about market direction, innovation, customer needs and competitive forces, and how well they map onto the Gartner position.” In terms of ability to execute, “Gartner evaluates vendors on the quality and efficacy of the processes, methods or procedures that enable them to be competitive, efficient and effective, and to affect revenue, retention and reputation in a positive way.”

Most IT systems have evolved over a company’s lifetime. As companies make investments and upgrades in both infrastructure and applications, systems become more distributed and complicated to manage. To realize these efficiencies, corporate networks must extend beyond the organization, linking the enterprise with key processes that reside on the Internet or with vendors, suppliers, customers and strategic partners. Network infrastructure management and monitoring are critical elements in the support and maintenance of an enterprise network.

“The only way to guarantee the optimal performance of a network is to rely on the expertise of network professionals equipped with the right skills to deal with complex environments as well as tools and processes to ensure 24 x 7 coverage of the network,” continued Brown. “Dimension Data has invested in six Global Service Centers around the world, including the United States, that provide a complete range of network operations services which ensure high availability, reliability, throughput and security for our domestic and global clients.”

To read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, North America, visit: http://www.dimensiondata.com/na/documentlibrary/brochures/managedservices/magi cquadrant.htm (Due to the length of this URL, please copy and paste it into your web browser)

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted May 14, 2008, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Dimension Data

Dimension Data , a specialist IT services and solutions provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their network and IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact center technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customized client services. For more information: Call 866-DIDATA-US or visit http://www.dimensiondata.com/na .

   (1)  Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network        Service Providers, North America" by Eric Goodness et al, May 14,        2008.    Media Contacts:   Lisa Grimes                             Nancy Pieretti   Dimension Data                          Davies Murphy Group   (703) 217-2692                          (781) 418-2424   lisa.grimes@us.didata.com               ddna@daviesmurphy.com  

Dimension Data

CONTACT: Lisa Grimes of Dimension Data, +1-703-217-2692,lisa.grimes@us.didata.com; or Nancy Pieretti of Davies Murphy Group,+1-781-418-2424, ddna@daviesmurphy.com, for Dimension Data

Web site: http://www.dimensiondata.com/na




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