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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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Exclusive Q&A with Fin Goulding, CIO of Paddy Power

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Fin Goulding is Chief Information Officer at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, and is speaking at Cloud World Forum at London’s Olympia on 24-25 June, about the Cloud and DevOps in his business. We took some time with Fin to talk about the challenges and status of Cloud in his sector, followed by an in-depth discussion on what DevOps means to him personally.

The interview…

We start off by talking about some of the challenges of being a CIO in the (largely online) gaming sector, one of which is that there are major (often sporting) events that happen at certain points in the year, and they have to be ready for those spikes in capacity demand.

Another major challenge in the sector is security, about which Fin asserts “we’re hyper-concerned about security in our world because we’re even more highly regulated than banking”. This is largely due to concerns about data loss, particularly in relation to the Cloud. When talking about this, he makes an excellent analogy: “if I put my bike in your house and it’s stolen, who’s responsible for that loss? It’s usually me”. This is a primary concern, and one about which Fin and his team have to be super diligent.

Sticking with Cloud technology, and the status of it within his sector, Fin feels that they are on a similar journey to many companies and industries, and that journey entails moving from “credit card Cloud” to “back office Cloud”. To elaborate, moving from niche Cloud use cases to IT teams working in a digital world, where they have back office systems (eg. HR, finance, ticketing) that are becoming “cloudified”, freeing the team up to spend more time on frontend work.

“But for us, like a number of companies, the next level will be enterprise level cloud, which is really a hybrid. It’s a capacity-on-demand model – recovery-as-a-service – or as Joe Baguley of VMware would call it, data center N+1, so that you’ve actually got this reliability in your production system.”

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at the Cloud World Forum, at Olympia Grand in London on the 24th – 25th June 2015, on ‘A Transformational Journey: Implementing DevOps & Agile at Scale.

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AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes #telcocloud

AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May.

The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and data centre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

The shift relies heavily on software defined networking (SDN) developments to create a smart network that AT&T imaginatively calls the User-Defined Network Cloud (UDNC). A key area it will impact is cloud-to-cloud connectivity. As AT&T explained, when using a traditional network model, the connection between clouds is static – meaning it can’t expand or contract based on the need for bandwidth. Moreover it has traditionally been labour-intensive, expensive and time-consuming to set up these cloud-to-cloud connections.

The carrier believes that as the cloud’s potential grows, the networking between the datacentres – or clouds themselves – needs to be similarly dynamic. So, the proof-of-concept technology can set-up a cloud-to-cloud connection in under a minute. “This prototype uses just the right amount of bandwidth, and can enable setup times as short as 40 seconds, compared with the previous setup time of several days,” AT&T said.

Why is this important? The developers use the example of an emergency situation. Imagine a hurricane is headed toward a datacenter. Ideally an operator would quickly provision enough bandwidth to transfer all that data to another datacentre. While not possible before, this proof-of-concept technology makes it achievable. But in the future, the use of flexible, on-demand bandwidth for cloud applications – such as load balancing, remote datacentre backup operation, and elastic workload scaling – will provide major service flexibility and efficiencies for businesses.

Researchers at IBM labs revealed a related development back in December, with a technology that allows for the storing and moving of data across multiple cloud platforms in real time. IBM said the method for dynamic data migration and backup uses a “cloud-of-clouds” approach, a multi-cloud distributed storage system that can link data in over 20 different public and private clouds.

Researchers at the company have developed a software toolkit that lets users drag and drop block or file storage across almost any cloud platform, with little data replication. The development avoids service outages because it can tolerate crashes of any number of clients, using the independence of multiple clouds linked by a distributed storage algorithm to increase overall dependability.

The storage services don’t talk to one another directly but instead go through the cloud service for authentication and storage synchronisation; data is encrypted as it leaves one storage platform and decrypted before reaching the next. If one cloud fails, the back-up immediately responds.

Source: Telecoms.com

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Pamoja disperses Cloud services through East Africa

Pamoja, the value-added services business entity and strategic arm leading SEACOM’s entry into content aggregation and Cloud computing services, will host its Cloud platform at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi and use the facility to roll out Cloud services to the rapidly- expanding East Africa market.

According to a recent BizTech article, the company selected Nairobi, Kenya as its Cloud service delivery base because of its strategic location in relation to other countries in the East African market.

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Come and meet Pamoja at the upcoming Cloud World Forum Africa, taking place from 10-11 June at The Maslow, Johannesburg.

Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre is the largest and most sophisticated carrier-neutral data centre in East Africa and is the ideal facility in which Pamoja can host its Cloud platform. The Nairobi Cloud platform compliments Pamoja’s other Cloud platform that is located in South Africa.

Executive management at Pamoja says the data centre facilities meet the Company’s availability, security and connectivity needs. These are also base criteria for the ISO 27001 certification processs which Pamoja has embarked upon. The ISO 27001 standard is the specification for an Information Security Management System. The objective of the standard itself is to “provide requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS)”.

“By interconnecting the two Pamoja platforms through the SEACOM submarine cable infrastructure we are able to firstly provide Cloud services with a regional presence and secondly offer geographic redundancy to customers who demand this,” says Albie Bester, General Manager at Pamoja.

“With physical Cloud infrastructure in Africa Pamoja is able to address customer concerns about the location of their sensitive data and ensure improved service response times compare to Cloud services that are hosted in Europe or the US,” Bester adds.

The Kenyan and South African Cloud platforms are managed by the Pamoja Cloud Services team with support from SEACOM network operations.

“Our Cloud platform is based on the Microsoft Dynamic Datacentre blue print and through the use of advanced management and monitoring systems it is possible to ensure the highest level of availability with a relatively small team of experts.” Bester continues.

Pamoja is poised to help businesses across the continent take advantage of the shift towards Cloud, the impact of the internet and social networks on the corporate space and the relevance of Cloud computing to core operations across most businesses.

Forrester Research forecasts that the global market for Cloud computing will grow from $40,7 billion to more than $241 billion in 2020.

According to Bester Cloud adoption in Africa is in an exciting and budding phase and although issues like quality of connectivity and stable electricity sources still represent challenges, infrastructure is improving all the time. “Soon Africa will be ready to consume Cloud services at a large scale.”

Dimension Data acquires IT service provider Nexus #cloudafrica

Hear more from Dimension Data at this year’s Cloud World Forum Africa – 10-11 June 2014, South Africa.

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Datacentre and cloud services provider Dimension Data announced Thursday that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Nexus, a US-based IT service provider. The latest acquisition comes just months after Dimension Data completed its acquisition of comms service provider NextiraOne.

Brett Dawson, chief executive officer of Dimension Data (a part of NTT Group) said that its purchase of California-based Nexus will help Dimension Data expand into the vast (and particularly crowded) American datacentre support and IT services business, expanding the company’s presence in the US by about 40 per cent.

“Dimension Data has been building expertise and experience in ICT solutions and services that deliver real business value to our clients. Nexus increases our ability to support both our US-based and global clients with West Coast presence,” Dawson said.

Nexus has 19 offices in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, and the acquisition will bring 657 Nexus employees into the Dimension Data fold. But Nexus will for the time being continue to operate as an independent company.

“Nexus brings a rich set of services and solutions to the Group, particularly in the data centre, collaboration, enterprise networks, security and cloud spaces. In addition, there’s minimal overlap of geographies and clients which strengthens Dimension Data’s presence across the Americas,” said Dimension Data Americas chief executive officer Mark Slaga.

The acquisition comes just months after South African-based Dimension Data completed its acquisition of communications service provider NextiraOne, which added 1,850 permanent employees in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom to the group. In February, upon the closing of the acquisition, the company said it intends to double annual revenue over the next five years, from $6bn to $12bn.

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NEOSTRATUS SIGNS FIRST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT IN MIDDLE EAST WITH ORIXCOM

NEOSTRATUS SIGNS FIRST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT IN MIDDLE EAST WITH ORIXCOM

[13 March 2013] Neostratus, the internationally recognized telco cloud enabler, has announced the signing of its first strategic partnership agreement in the Middle East and Africa with telecommunications company Orixcom. Orixcom is the first operator offering next generation international connectivity, data centre and exchange services in the Middle East. Leveraging extensive local, regional and international experience the company enables convenient, fast and flexible connection to, from, and around the region. With physical network infrastructure and presence based in Dubai, Orixcom is strongly positioned to support Neostratus in serving the cloud enabler’s growing customer base in the region, creating a localized hub of cloud services. (more…)

Macquarie Telecom enhances core network

The network enhancement comes from growing demand for higher bandwidth and redundancy

Managed hosting and telco provider, Macquarie Telecom, has enhanced its core network, accelerated its bandwidth capacity ten times. According to the telco, the network enhancement comes from growing demand for higher bandwidth and redundancy as both cloud computing and the NBN gaining momentum in the market.

“With the NBN’s rollout now becoming a reality, businesses are looking at how to not only take advantage of its enhancements, but also ensure their platforms and services are compatible with the new infrastructure,” Macquarie Telecom telecommunications group executive, Christopher Greig, said. “Our major network upgrade will make this transition to NBN – and the vast performance and growth opportunities it presents – seamless and intuitive for our clients. In fact, we’re envisaging that more than half our customers will be ready for NBN connectivity by June 2016,” he said. (more…)

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