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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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Telco Cloud: IT News, Trends and Predictions for 2015 #telcocloud

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Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015

The telecoms industry is showing signs of recovery due to the positive economic scenario, and telecoms will be one of the top industries for IT spending in the next 12–18 months, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Based on Ovum’s latest Telco IT Trends to Watch report*, telco IT budgets are on the rise, with a lot of investment directed at either optimizing network assets and infrastructure or improving service quality and the customer experience.

Trends to watch for telco IT in 2015:

A brighter economic outlook and voracious demand for high-quality content and services on smart devices has renewed telco interest in the value they provide from a customer perspective and the quality of the customer experience.
Omni-channel engagements will inform investment in CRM strategies for sales, marketing, and operations. Relevance and content of services, packages, and customer care will be a differentiator.
Outsourcing engagements between telcos and IT service providers will intensify.

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Telco Cloud 2015 Outlook

Analyst Opinion By DIMITRIS MAVRAKIS

WHAT ARE THE KEY DRIVERS/OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE CONSIDERING NFV? CONVERSELY, WHAT ARE THE KEY CHALLENGES?

The biggest opportunity driving CSPs to adopt NFV or SDN is the ability to operate a more efficient and cost-effective network. Also, NFV and SDN make it much easier and faster to create and deliver services. The biggest argument for NFV is that it enables network components to make the transition from hardware to software. In other words, components now run on commoditized hardware platforms that might even be in the data center (standard computing platforms or COTS equipment).

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CompTIAs 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing

In the five years that CompTIA has been studying cloud computing, the topic has shifted from a potential game-changer to an essential ingredient of modern IT. IDC estimates the public cloud market to have reached $45.7 billion in 2013, and they expect it to grow at 23% CAGR through 2018. On the private cloud side, IDC estimates that worldwide spending on hosted private cloud services will surpass $24 billion by 2016…

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Cisco throws its hat back into the enterprise collaboration ring

CISCO, Telco Cloud Forum’s Principal Sponsor is working on a new offering for the enterprise collaboration market: Project Squared – a mobile-first, virtual meeting room for teams. Project Squared is still an early work in progress, but the vendor is hoping that customers will like what they see and not defect to the likes of Microsoft, Google, or Citrix, all of whom have competing offerings in the realtime communication and collaboration market. The offering is delivered by the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.

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Verizon has promised rolling upgrades to its cloud platform that don’t impose downtime or require customer intervention following the latest update period, which lasted nearly two days.

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Ericsson buys Sentilla to bolster cloud management, analytics capabilities #telco cloud

Source: Business Cloud News

Swedish networking incumbent Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a California-based provider of datacentre infrastructure management and visibility software, for an undisclosed sum. Ericsson said the move will create new revenue opportunities in the enterprise segment.

Following the acquisition Sentilla, which was founded in 2003 and provides real-time infrastructure monitoring capabilities and analytics for multi-vendor datacentre environments, will be folded into the company’s business unit support solutions division.

Ericsson said it intends to combine Sentilla’s monitoring and analytics technology with its cloud management and automation platform, which will expand its managed IT service capabilities and its appeal outside the telco vertical.

“As more businesses leverage mobility and cloud-based applications, the unique combination of automation and just-in-time intelligence that we can provide enables necessary agility and responsiveness. As a result, Ericsson helps drive increased operational and financial efficiency,” said Elisabetta Romano, vice president and head of OSS and service enablement, business unit support solutions at Ericsson.

“By combining our capabilities with key Ericsson offerings, we can support dynamic optimization of workloads across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, including constantly changing data centre environments,” said Mike Kaul, chief executive officer of Sentilla.

“This functionality is imperative for service providers that want to continue to deliver a compelling enterprise offering,” Kaul added.

The acquisition is likely to give Ericsson a leg up on one of its key competitors in the enterprise segment, Cisco, which in August began offering a monitoring tool for UCS (Performance Manager) – though it only really works for the Cisco stack.

Ericsson has for the past year aggressively targeted cloud initiatives, including strong increases in cloud-related research and development spending, and a greater focus on rolling out both cloud-enablement technologies and cloud-based services.

The company recently bought a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup providing multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service, and is also working with a number of telcos to help rollout software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

Cisco to pour $1bn into cloud as hardware revenues decline

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In a bid to transition its business towards selling more cloud-based software Cisco is ramping up investment in cloud services, pouring up to $1bn into products and services in the sector over the next two years according to the Wall Street Journal. The networking giant said it will spend the money building its own datacentres to host cloud services.

“Everybody is realizing the cloud can be a vehicle for achieving better economics (and) lower cost,” Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales told the WSJ.

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Cisco said it will spend $1bn on developing its cloud services portfolio over the next two years as it moves to rebalance its hardware-focused products and service offerings

Cisco could not be immediately reached for comment, but the company said the announcement will be discussed in more depth with customers at a news conference. The news arrives barely a week after Cisco announced its first partnership with a service provider, Telstra, that will see the Australian telco deploy the Cisco Cloud Services platform within its own datacentres. Cisco seems to be following in the path of other predominately hardware-focused companies that have shifted their emphasis on developing and deploying cloud-based services (i.e. IBM), particularly in order to fight declining revenues and flat growth. In November 2013 it acquired start up datacentre and cloud solutions provider Insieme Networks for a total pay-out of up to $863m, which gave the company a big boost in its infrastructure management capabilities. The company, which predominately sells networking hardware, saw revenues declined 3.1 per cent year on year in Q2 this year and 12 per cent in Q1, and is predicting even steeper sales declines in the current quarter. In a Q2 call with analysts Cisco’s chairman and chief executive officer John Chambers said most of that revenue loss was contained to emerging markets, where he said customers were holding off large infrastructure upgrades.

“While this economic trend remains out of our control, we have put in place important programs and efforts designed to capture growth and position Cisco to capture share even if these markets remain challenged,” he said. “We don’t get to decide whether or not we will emerge as the number one IT company. Our customers do. What we do get to decide is how we continue to deliver the value to our customers to retain the market leading position. This will be done by selling business outcomes enabled by architectures.”

Source: Business Cloud News

South African cloud market forecast to top $229.69 million

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South Africa’s cloud services market value is expected to grow to $229.69 million in 2014, according to a recent IDC research report.

A recent report has found that the value of South Africa’s cloud services market will continue to grow with a focus on public cloud software as a service (SaaS) spending.

The value of the likes of outsourced, managed services, and hosted services market in the country would increase by 10.9% year on year in 2014 to $2.8 billion.

Public cloud services would account for the majority (65%) of overall cloud spending, and the market is expected to see an increase in spending on private cloud services in 2014 and beyond, the report revealed.

The country’s evolving role of telecom operators would continue to be a critical factor in the local growth of data centre and cloud services with the South African IT market continuing to shift from IS outsourcing to managed and datacentre services as budgets remain under pressure and projects become smaller and more specific. End-user organisations will look to cost-effective IT delivery solutions such as cloud computing to help stay within budget.

“The cloud market in South Africa is expanding, with a number of international and new local providers entering the market, and it is maturing fast due to increasing competition with established vendors”

However, despite leading the continent in the uptake of cloud computing services a report compiled by Cisco and research firm World Wide Worx last year revealed that South Africa would be dramatically overtaken by West African nation, Nigeria.

The research study titled ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality Check 2013’ stated that cloud computing uptake would explode in major African economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the cloud.

It was revealed that 44% of Nigerian businesses are expected to embrace cloud in 2014, which would bring the total in that country to 80% by year end.

According to the report, 36% of businesses in Nigeria were using cloud services last year, 50% South African medium and large businesses were using cloud services; while 48% were using the cloud in Kenya.

“Cloud computing is the next big step in the evolution of computing and the internet,” said David Meads, Cisco’s vice president for Africa.

“The broadband revolution sweeping Africa and the continent’s reputation for innovation add up to tremendous appetite for services that will drive this evolution. Looking ahead, the Internet of Everything represents the largest online trend today.

Meads concluded, “As more people, things and devices connect to the internet in Africa, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which will open up new opportunities and increased demand for the cloud.”

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