Group General Manager
Kevin Leahy is Group General Manager, Data Centre Solutions for Dimension Data Holdings. The $6 billion company is a specialist IT services and solution provider that helps clients plan, build, support & manage their IT infrastructures.
Dimension Data Date Centre Business Unit brings together for clients all the critical components needed for a next generation data centre; industry recognized cloud leadership, industry recognized network leadership, expertise inside the data centre spanning virtualization, storage, backup and disaster recovery and facilities along with unique consulting capabilities to plan, build and enable clients on an optimal data centre journey for their business.
Prior to taking on this role, Kevin joined Dimension Data in October 2011 as Chief Architect Virtualization and Cloud for the data centre solutions (DCS) across Dimension Data group. Where he was responsible for defining the tools and architecture Dimension Data implements to solve client business challenges using virtualization and cloud. He was also responsible for the data centre solution roadmaps in these areas spanning server, storage and desktop virtualization as well as private cloud and professional services to help clients exploit public and hybrid cloud solutions. He worked with Dimension Data global accounts to define strategic approaches to address their unique IT requirements.
An industry veteran based in New York, Kevin joined Dimension Data after a 32 year career with IBM where career highlights included leading development of the IBM high end networking and fibre optic advanced technology, the mainframe channel and I/O subsystem and power systems development for the corporation. He launched the IBM WebSphere platform and introduced storage virtualization into the market. From there he led the IBM virtualization strategy followed by the IT Optimization strategy. His last role at IBM was leading the cloud sales strategy for services.
He is a graduate of The Cooper Union in NYC with a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives with his wife in Saugerties, NY.