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Our vision for a new kind of network

Network

Posted on May 15, 2017

3 min read

In the age of digital disruption, an organisation’s network needs to support its future growth, whether that involves expanding into new markets, creating new products or improving efficiency.

The Telstra Programmable Network will help our customers meet these challenges by providing a single integrated and intelligent platform that provides flexible and dynamic access to our high bandwidth, low latency and secure networks.

The Telstra Programmable Network will combine our Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities, cloud platform and data centres, and global and Australian networks in one integrated and intelligent platform that provides a network-as-a-service with global reach.

Our vision for the Telstra Programmable Network is to help businesses optimise their IT through automated, on-demand and near real-time provisioning, consumption-based pricing and new data insights on network usage. It will bring together all of our SDN technologies, including PEN – Telstra’s first globally connected on-demand networking platform – and continue their development under one vision, architecture and investment program.

This new network will be programmable at its core and will automate the provisioning of new applications and services so businesses can quickly add new services and capabilities that deliver better end user experiences without significant infrastructure upgrades. Customers will also get simple and secure access to multiple cloud services via a simple user interface.

Our international IP-based Virtual Private Network (IPVPN) customers will also be able to access the Telstra Programmable Network’s capabilities from our 2,000 points of presence worldwide after launch. This includes extending their network via Telstra’s portal or API to access the internet and a range of public cloud services including Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer.

Enhancing our world-class network to support the Telstra Programmable Network

In an important step in rolling out the Telstra Programmable Network, we will implement a significant capability upgrade of our core international IP network in the coming months. This will introduce increased bandwidth and flexibility, which the Telstra Programmable Network will demand.

In addition to supporting the Telstra Programmable Network, these enhancements will also expand our global peering program, which will increase peering capacity by up to 70 per cent, and provide enhanced security with traffic segregation capability to mitigate DDoS traffic.

These initial investments will establish the groundwork for the Telstra Programmable Network with future enhancements, such as orchestrated real-time SD-WAN and security, to be announced in the coming months.

We see the need for a new type of networking infrastructure and the enhancements to our international IP core network and creation of a new software-enabled platform provide the building blocks needed to support the roll out of the Telstra Programmable Network, which leverages our world-class network.

Ultimately, the Telstra Programmable Network will empower our customers to grow their business in the most efficient, dynamic way possible.

Find out more about our vision for about vison for the Telstra Programmable Network.

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Australian business a global cloud leader  

Business and Enterprise

Posted on April 20, 2017

4 min read

Jim Fagan, Telstra’s Director of Global Platforms, talks about how Australia is embracing hybrid cloud to move key business operations from a physical to online environment, maximising flexibility in the process.

Hybrid cloud in Australia is booming – more than two-thirds of companies in Australia are now implementing a hybrid cloud solution over a purely public or private play.

The latest Righscale State of the Cloud report has found that 92% of businesses they interviewed in Australia and New Zealand are using the cloud, with 68% preferring a hybrid cloud strategy compared to 58 percent of enterprises worldwide.

For these companies the most popular public cloud providers are Amazon Web Services (51%) and Microsoft Azure (42%), who each are more than popular than all other providers, including IBM, Google and Oracle, combined.  While when it comes to private cloud, VMWare is the leading provider.

So what exactly is hybrid cloud?

Cloud computing offers clear benefits as companies seek to gain the cost and efficiency gains that come from moving their data and workloads fully off-their own premises.  However, few companies are willing to pursue a fully public cloud strategy, often due to security and reliability concerns.  This is where hybrid cloud is an attractive middle ground, often offering the best of both worlds between public and private cloud.

Hybrid cloud is the combination of a public cloud provider (like AWS or Azure) with a private cloud platform that is designed only for use by a single business. These infrastructures operate individually and independently of each other but they communicate over an encrypted connection with technology that runs through both platforms to allow for the portability of data and applications.

Why are companies choosing hybrid cloud

RightScale’s State of the Cloud report explored business benefits of cloud usage and key challenges. Greater cloud experience continued to unlock increasingly greater levels of value for ANZ organisations. Respondents from the RightScale State of the Cloud report confirmed a growth in the benefit that their organisations get from cloud computing as their company matures.

Respondents also expressed scalability as the top benefit of cloud. Traditionally, scaling on IT infrastructure can be expensive, ineffective and add heightened pressure on accurate business forecasting. But with a hybrid cloud environment, there’s an opportunity for businesses to scale out to a cloud environment for specific workloads.

Overall, AWS and Azure were most frequently adopted public clouds in Australia and New Zealand.  While AWS is the market leader its margin over Azure is much smaller in this part of the world than the global average where AWS leads by 23 percentage points.

The challenges businesses face with hybrid cloud

While businesses are seeing clear benefits of hybrid cloud adoption, they still face challenges.

The most common challenges companies face when it comes to adopting cloud are maintaining compliance with business rules and regulations and governance, lacking the necessary resources to ensure a successful migration and security concerns.

Ensuring visibility, reporting and control of how a business is critical to overcoming these concerns, which is why Telstra Cloud Gateway, which is why we launched last year to provide a simple and secure way to connect to multiple cloud environments and meet a range of compliance requirements.,

Hybrid cloud is the future

Eighty five percent of Australian enterprises interviewed in this research are leveraging multiple clouds, and organisations using public cloud are running their applications in an average of 1.9 public clouds and experimenting with 1.6 more. In a world of digital disruption, the fact that Australian businesses are innovating at a faster rate than ever before and leading the world in hybrid cloud is a positive sign that businesses are taking up the challenge of digitising their operations and embracing serving their customers in a connected world.

Find out more at smarterbusiness.telstra.com.au/content/dam/insight/pdfs/rs-2017-soc-report-anz.pdf

Cloud isn’t just for businesses

You may not know it but you are probably using cloud technology every single day.

To put it simply, cloud computing is the delivery of storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more over the Internet (“the cloud”).

If you are using social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Snapchat, your content from your social media profiles are stored in cloud storage systems. Similarly, some of the biggest cloud computing services are Web-based email, like Gmail or Hotmail. The benefits being you can access these services from any device at any time.

More recently, with the increase of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.) Google Docs are fast becoming a popular example of consumer uses of cloud. These tools exist on the Internet to allow you to keep and edit your documents online. By doing so, the documents are accessible anywhere and anytime and you can share and collaborate on them.

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Want to stay competitive? Embrace the cloud.

Cloud Computing

Posted on October 3, 2016

3 min read

Organisations today are operating in a fiercely competitive and fast-changing business environment. The hard truth of this new reality is that not all businesses will survive. Though, one thing is clear – many of those who do survive and thrive in this new environment will be companies who embrace cloud technology to stay competitive.

Cloud technology is key to building competitive advantage. It can facilitate innovative ways to reach customers, build engagement through multi-channel approaches, increase agility and streamline an organisation’s work practices, as well as help improve staff collaboration and enable a mobile workforce.

Unfortunately, sometimes migrating to the cloud is easier said than done. The implementation and ongoing management of hybrid and multi cloud environments can be complex – and the statistics indicate this is holding back many organisations. In fact, only 30 – 40 percent of organisations have deployed a hybrid cloud environment, while more than 50 per cent of organisations are not effectively managing cloud compliance, costs and governance.1

At Telstra we want to help organisations painlessly move to the cloud solution that is right for them, which is why our overarching objective is to make the complex simple for our customers.

We have done this by bringing together some of our leading global network, cloud infrastructure and data centre capabilities with some of the world’s most popular public cloud platforms – Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM Softlayer and VMware vCloud Air.

By curating leading cloud platforms and combining them with our Cloud Gateway and Cloud Management Platform, we provide customers with the choice, control and confidence they need to truly embrace the cloud.

Organisations can choose the cloud platforms that suit their needs and our Cloud Gateway solution will integrate these multiple clouds via a single connection into an organisation that can be access globally.

The Telstra Cloud Management Platform then provides an overarching layer across an organisation’s multiple cloud platforms, giving them the visibility and control to monitor applications and automate how workloads respond and scale in-line with business demands.

This end-to-end solution enables businesses to be more agile, cost efficient and manage security and compliance based on their organisation’s needs – ultimately positioning them to be successful in today’s changing business environment.

[1] ScienceLogic, The State of Hybrid IT Adoption, 2015

A practical example – cloud management in action on a global scale.

A hotel operator with hundreds of properties in multiple countries and time zones launches a major new promotion, which drives prospective customers to its website.

With potential demand from consumers unknown, the hotel chain’s infrastructure will need to scale up and down in line with traffic to the website. Contingencies also need to be in place in case the unexpected happens.

The hotel operates a hybrid cloud environment across multiple countries, and there is a single connection to all of these cloud platforms via Telstra Gateway.

The chain’s IT team can use Telstra’s Cloud Management Platform to set-up specific instructions each cloud environment must follow during the campaign.

For example, they can instruct each platform to analyse traffic and automatically scale bandwidth as required, or divert data to another environment if one cloud is not performing to its optimum – ensuring a positive customer experience.

This ‘plug and play’ capability means the platform can seamlessly manage all aspects of the campaign without manual intervention.

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