Telstra predicts community of interest clouds

Carol Ko
22 Feb 2012

In 2011, Telstra International injected AUD$800 million dollar ($861 million) to expand its cloud services portfolio. Initiatives included modernizing its data center facilities, expanding the range of enterprise applications, introducing a new online account management portal, and increasing the automation of utility computing services.

With these investments, Telstra International hopes to extend is cloud services outside Australia into Asia. According to Nathan Bell, director of products and marketing, Telstra International, Telstra is now evaluating ways to extend its data center footprint in Asia, and provide customers with international network services.

In an interview with Asia Cloud Forum, Bell describes Telstra International’s successful deployment of a private cloud solution for Komatsu; explains the success of Visy Industries’ cloud platform implementation; the major findings of Telstra-sponsored “State of the CXO 2011 Survey”; and how organizations will collaborate to form ‘community of interest’ clouds to create business process-based architectures.

Asia Cloud Forum: Describe one of your company’s most successful customer deployments of cloud service in 2011.

Nathan Bell: Our Network Computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering has gained traction with customers deploying private clouds to deliver seamless services to their customers in multiple locations around the world.

"[An utility-based engagement] differs from an outsourcing model because it allows Komatsu to retain ownership and management of their core applications."

Customers include Komatsu with a utility IT services on private cloud solution. In this case, we’re helping them move 85 virtual servers, five physical servers and the mainframe, all into one of our Sydney data centers.

We’re providing the underlying infrastructure, the servers and also the storage, so that they no longer need to have a lease/capital acquisition-type engagement. We’re also helping them move to a utility-based engagement, so that they only pay for what they use, when they use it. This differs from an outsourcing model because it allows Komatsu to retain ownership and management of their core applications.

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