IBM, Telstra ink deal on cloud platform

Staff writer
08 Apr 2015

Telstra will sell the SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform from IBM.

Under an agreement, Telstra customers will have access to SoftLayer’s highly secure and agile cloud infrastructure, the Australian telco said.

With two newly opened data centers in Melbourne and Sydney, moving to the IBM Cloud allows organizations to quickly and securely provision capacity where and when it is required by an individual business.

The pay-as-you-go, on-demand model also helps deliver cost savings for Australian businesses, reducing the need for up-front capital expenditure on IT, along with the cost of ongoing IT maintenance and refreshes.

Erez Yarkoni, Telstra’s CIO and executive director of cloud said the alliance will provide customers with choice and flexibility when adopting an efficient and agile hybrid cloud environment and demonstrated another key milestone in Telstra’s global cloud strategy.

“Telstra customers will be able to access IBM’s hourly and monthly compute services on the SoftLayer platform, a network of virtual data centers and global points-of-presence (PoPs), all of which are increasingly important as enterprises look to run their applications on the cloud. SoftLayer is a platform that lets businesses quickly migrate, build, test, and deploy their applications and innovations,” he said.

Telstra’s Australian customers, from large scale enterprise to start-ups, will have access to the full-range of SoftLayer infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. The network of connected enterprise-grade SoftLayer data centers will enable Australian business to manage data residency, security and resiliency.

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