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Telstra to offer SoftLayer cloud access to Australian customers

Telstra and IBM have announced a partnership that will see the Australian telco offer access to SoftLayer cloud infrastructure to customers in Australia.

Telstra said that with the recent opening of IBM cloud datacentres in Melbourne and Sydney, the company will be able to expand its presence in the local cloud market by offering Australian businesses more choice in locally available cloud infrastructure services.

As part of the deal the telco’s customers will have access to the full-range of SoftLayer infrastructure services including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking.

Erez Yarkoni, who serves as both chief information officer and executive director of cloud at Telstra said:

“Telstra customers will be able to access IBM’s hourly and monthly compute services on the SoftLayer platform, a network of virtual data centres and global points-of-presence (PoPs), all of which are increasingly important as enterprises look to run their applications on the cloud.”

“Telstra customers can connect to IBM’s services via the internet or with a simple extension of their private network. By adding the Telstra Cloud Direct Connect offering, they can also access IP VPN connectivity, giving them a smooth experience between our Next IP network and their choice of global cloud platforms,” Yarkoni said.

Mark Brewer, general manager, IBM Global Technology Services Australia and New Zealand said:

“Australian businesses have quickly realised the benefits of moving to a flexible cloud model to accommodate the rapidly changing needs of business today. IBM Cloud provides Telstra customers with unmatched choice and freedom of where to run their workloads, with proven levels security and high performance.”

Telstra already partners with Cisco on cloud infrastructure and is a flagship member of the networking giant’s Intercloud programme, but the company hailed its partnership with IBM as a key milestone in its cloud strategy, and may help bolster its appeal to business customers in the region.

Source: Business Cloud News

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“Fully in the Cloud, fully mobile, and no longer tied to our physical infrastructure”

We caught up with Ben Dornier, Director of Corporate and Community Services, City of Palmerston, Australia, for a quickfire Q&A about the challenges of and opportunities presented by, deploying Cloud services in his public sector organisation. Ben will be hopping across the South China Sea in December 2014 to speak in the Enterprise Cloud stream at Cloud Asia, about ‘Getting Cloud Ready: Building Your Cloud Agenda’. The full brochure is available now, and Enterprises and Public Sector organisations can claim a complimentary pass for the event.

How has your organisation implemented cloud computing so far and what models have you chosen to deploy, and why?

Ben DornierWe are using office365 for email as well as office product licences. We also used specialised cloud apps for asset management and contract management, as well as Council (board) and committee agendas and minutes. This sounds small, but if we get it wrong it is a big problem! Elected officials in particular expect access to information anytime and anywhere. Our cloud road map includes moving all our virtual servers into a cloud datacentre within the next 18 months, allowing us to be fully in the cloud, fully mobile – and most important considering our weather conditions and disaster management problems – no longer tied to our physical infrastructure.

What cost and organisational benefits do you expect to see from implementation?

Cost has not been the primary concern. The Northern Territory of Australia experiences annual cyclones and extreme weather conditions (not to mention deadly crocodiles and jellyfish!), so the primary concern has been the ability to open Council services from just a few laptops and mobile devices in order to protect our community in extreme conditions.

This said, Council has experienced cost savings related to reduced capex spending and reduced overheads for specialised IT staff. We are happy with our managed services providers, and we are enjoying having SLAs rather than employment contracts.

Can you tell us more about how the public sector is embracing cloud services in Australia, the concerns you had before adopting ‘cloud’, and how they were eased?

This of course depends on a working definition of ‘cloud’! A large number – maybe 90 of the 580 – local governments in Australia are purely cloud-based. Staff there might not even know it! Every local government makes use of some cloud based solution to varying degrees. In an era where doing more with less becomes increasingly important, cloud solutions are allowing IT staff to become more strategic, agile and responsive to the needs of the organisation.

I have been publicly engaging in cloud discussions for 15 years or so, and conversations always turn to ‘security issues’ (some things will never change!). For certain sectors of government, this is a reasonable discussion, but for local government (with a few caveats!) most our data is regarding mowing schedules, road conditions, facility maintenance, sewage and water quality, etcetera. This stuff does no good being kept secret. In my opinion, the security constraints for local government are drastically less than other levels of government. With this comes issues of data sovereignty and data centre location. In many states there are rules around this, but the flexibility and affordability offered by cloud solutions is mature enough to provide great options for us in the local and international space.

Do you think the public sector is taking full advantage and seeing benefits from technologies such as cloud and data analytics and management?

Absolutely not – we have a long way to go before the insights afforded by big data solutions will mature in our sector. Like the old TV show said, “we have the technology” – we just aren’t terribly good at figuring out how to use it as a tool to improve services to our constituents. We are making inroads, however, and it often means considering our data from a citizen viewpoint – ‘what would a resident want to know about waste management?’ for example. These insights need to further drive the use of analytics, and not just better executive decision making dashboards.

What are your next IT objectives and how do you think your business processes can be made more efficient going forward?

We are a rapidly growing community, and are seeking to be agile. We will be totally cloud and scalable by 1 Jan 2016. Our IT staff will be totally focused on delivering value and solutions to staff without being hampered by infrastructure. They will be focused on data analysis and strategy, rather than administration. I believe the biggest benefit of cloud based services has been the commodification of server admin and network services, and we will make this a strength moving into the future.

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Capgemini opens SMAC innovation lab in Melbourne #cloudasia

Outsourcing and systems integration firm Capgemini has opened a digital innovation lab in Melbourne, Australia focused on developing innovations in and helping clients implement social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies. The move comes as IBM and SAP bolster operations in what seems to be emerging as a key tech hub in the region.

Capgemini, which already has a strong presence in Australia with over 2,000 employees, said the multi-million dollar SMAC lab will be co-located with its new Global Delivery Centre, and will innovate around, and offer offer support to existing and potential customers implementing, social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies in their businesses.

“Melbourne has one of the largest research and development clusters in the southern hemisphere and spends more than any other Australian city,” said Deepak Nangia, chief executive officer for Capgemini Australia and New Zealand.

“Simply put, Melbourne is a prime place for investment – it has the ICT skills, infrastructure and capabilities we needed to open our SMAC lab. Today’s announcement reinforces our ongoing commitment to the local ICT market and building tomorrow’s talent.”

The move comes as other enterprise IT incumbents look to make a splash in the booming Australian cloud services market.

SAP this week opened a new $60m Innovation Centre and a Mission Control Centre in Melbourne, which will focus on helping organisations move to cloud deployment models and provide service support to local businesses and customers.

IBM also bolstered its Australian operations as of late, announcing this week that the company is building out a SoftLayer datacentre in Melbourne, which is scheduled to go live next month and offer the full portfolio of SoftLayer cloud services to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Gartner, Australia is looking set to become one of the highest growth markets for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region. The research and analysis firm predicts spending on cloud services will grow at 23.08 per cent annually to reach $5.2bn in 2016, up from $3.2bn last year.

Source: Buissness Cloud News

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