Published: February 3rd, 2015

Dimension Data has confirmed its plan to hire 300 additional professionals for its data centre push in the next 18 months.

Late last year, Dimension Data took the wraps off its data centre based in Toronto. The Toronto data centre part of 12 Managed Cloud Platform facilities around the world.

According to Dimension Data, 40 of 300 data centre professionals will be for North American facilities. The most significant of these new hires is Mike Hodder as area sales director in western Canada to be based in Calgary.

Hodder is responsible for sales strategy and leading the account team for growing demand in cloud and data centre services in Canada. Prior to joining Dimension Data, Hodder held senior sales leadership positions with Calgary-based CDN Top 100 Solution Provider Mainland Information Systems and also with data communications provider ENMAX Envision.

Wendy Lucas, area vice president, Dimension Data Canada, said since expanding into western Canada the company has steadily built out strong sales and technical teams to support the increasing enterprise need for cloud and data centre services.  Hodder’s expertise in these areas, along with his history serving clients in key industries throughout western Canada – including oil and gas, financial services and service providers – will be critical to growing our business and positioning us for continued growth.

With Hodder in the fold along with the additional new data centre professionals the solution providers expects to hire in the next 18 months the company anticipates to grow in that region by at least 20 per cent in 2015.

The Canadian data centre plans are part of an ambitious goal for Dimension Data to quadruple its data centre business from $1 billion to $4 billion by 2018. The company admitted that some portion of this growth will come from making data centre-focused acquisitions.

Part of the new headcount strategy is to look for skilled people not just in the U.S., but also Singapore, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, West and East Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and Germany. The group is also building out central teams to focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Benelux, as well as France.

Steve Joubert, group executive of Dimension Data’s data centre business unit, said demand for next-generation data centre skills and services sees the company growing faster than the market, and we need great people to help us continue this growth.

“As a provider of solutions and services – not an equipment manufacturer – we are dependent on the quality and skills of great people to help us deliver the best service to our clients,” said Joubert in a prepared statement.

For those interested in exploring a data centre career opportunity with Dimension Data you can check out www.jobsdatacentres.com.