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Telstra Cloud Services–What’s available today and what’s coming soon?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time to give you a clear understanding of what is available from Telstra today, and what’s coming up in the next six or so months.

As you have no doubt aware, Telstra has elected to partner with best of breed global cloud providers to build their cloud portfolio. This strategy will ultimately give our customers a greater breadth of available solutions, all connecting back to their existing Telstra Next IP private networks at close to $0.

Telstra’s current Infrastructure as a Service platforms include:

  • Virtual Server (shared): a virtual server compute platform virtualised with VMware on shared physical infrastructure
  • Virtual Server (dedicated): a virtual server compute platform virtualised with VMware on dedicated compute infrastructure. It also includes VMware access and options for incredibly fast hard disks
  • Cisco Intercloud Services (CIS): an OpenStack based public cloud offering virtualised on KVM providing a competitive public cloud offering
  • IBM Softlayer: a unique infrastructure as a service offering that has everything from bare metal servers to virtualisation and shared services
  • VMware vCloud Air: VMware’s owned and operated cloud platform including dedicated resources, virtual private cloud and a great DR as a Service offering

In the coming weeks, I’ll write up a post on each of the platforms above and update the links to the articles.

Telstra’s Cloud Direct Connect offerings include:

Telstra’s Cloud Direct Connect service offering allows our customers to connect their cloud services directly to their office via a layer 2 network solution, or as a direct connection into their private Next IP network via a layer 3 network solution.

Cloud Direct Connect services deliver high bandwidth private network connections between our customers and their cloud platform of choice.

Private Network connections do not travel over the public Internet. They offer more reliability connectivity with lower latency and are more secure than typical connections over the Internet. Unlike the internet, you are also able to get an end to end SLA with private connectivity.

In cases where terabytes of traffic are transferred on a monthly basis, financial benefits are realised quickly, in addition to the security benefits.

Our current Cloud Direct Connect offerings include:

  • Amazon Web Services (available now)
  • Microsoft Azure (available circa March 2015)

Telstra’s Recently announced Infrastructure as a Service platforms include:

  • CSX Cloud Infrastructure – US East: this is a newly announced Telstra Cloud point of presence in New York and will be based on the CSX cloud platform
  • Government Cloud – Australia: this is a newly announced Telstra Cloud point of presence in Canberra, Australia. The cloud is likely to be connected up to the Federal Government Managed Secure Network Gateway that Telstra operates to allow agencies to communicate securely.
  • Cisco Cloud Services – Hong Kong: as part of Cisco and Telstra’s go to market strategy and the intercloud magic, Hong Kong has been announced as an upcoming point of presence.
  • Cisco Cloud Service – Singapore: as part of Cisco and Telstra’s go to market strategy and the intercloud magic, Singapore has been announced as an upcoming point of presence.
  • VMware vCloud Air – Melbourne: Telstra and VMware have teamed up to launch the first vCloud Air cloud footprint in Australia from Telstra’s Clayton, Victoria, data centre.

The key benefits of buying cloud through Telstra are:

  • Single pane of glass: a high level overview of all cloud service in one location
  • Best of breed platforms: all the best cloud platforms becoming available to you as a Telstra customer
  • Next IP connectivity: first class private connectivity to your Telstra Next IP (private) network at almost no additional cost
  • Technology Funds: a great way to offset the costs of moving to the cloud
  • Reduced vendor management: All services billed through a single provider