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A multi-cloud mission: unlocking the benefits through software defined networking

By Jim Fagan November 16, 2018

At Telstra Vantage we announced a new partnership between the Telstra Programmable Network and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) which has unlocked access to more than 60 clouds in eight markets for our customers.

More and more computing workloads are being pulled into the cloud. Once being in the cloud was simply about flexibility and lower costs – now it is about finding the right cloud, for the right workload, at the right time, with the right security. It’s a mission for multi-cloud.

IDC’s IDCFutureScape Worldwide Cloud 2017 predicted that more than 85 per cent of enterprise IT organisations will have rolled out a multi-cloud strategy by 2018 in the hope of optimising the potential of each cloud type.

Some of the advantages of going multi-cloud include:

  • Avoiding vendor lock in – No one wants to be at the mercy of a single provider.
  • Reduced cost – When you have more options, there’s greater potential to negotiate better deals.
  • Improved performance – A cloud located near where your users are reduces latency issues and makes it easier to comply with local laws and regulations around data sovereignty.
  • Having a back-up plan – Another major advantage of multi-cloud is that more than one cloud provides great insurance and protects your business.

Cloud management

Embarking on a multi-cloud mission, however, is not without its challenges. For instance, it’s important to be able to access and make the most of multi-cloud in a way that does not complicate your workflow. Those looking to gain the convenience and benefits of cloud often experience the hassle of negotiating connections directly with individual cloud partners. This is where cloud management tools have emerged as key to enabling multi-cloud environments, mitigating the risk of straining resources, cost creep or compliance issues.

Leapfrogging bottlenecks and the other shortcomings of traditional networks is likewise crucial to the success of any multi-cloud strategy. This is where Software Defined Networks (SDN) has come into play, enabling networks to move beyond being a ‘black box’ to offering flexibility and transparency that can be switched on via APIs. For this reason, the global SDN market is expected to grow from $5 billion AUD this year to $77 billion by 2022.

Our Telstra Programmable Network and Equinix partnership

We have addressed both these challenges – cloud management and network optimisation – by forming a new partnership which combines the benefits of our Telstra Programmable Network (TPN) with data centre specialists Equinix.

The partnership, announced at Telstra Vantage, will see Equinix’s global ecosystem of cloud providers exposed to business users for the first time via the TPN global exchange. This makes us the only telco to date to interconnect its software-defined platform to the ECX Fabric.

Rather than negotiating access with individual cloud providers, a few clicks will give users the ability to connect to global leading clouds AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle. This is all accessible within a few minutes via a simple, automated user interface. Users will also be able to access sixty eight clouds in eight markets in the same interface.

How this partnership is helping our customers

Take carsales – Australia’s largest online automotive classifieds business that helps customers buy, sell and find the parts they need to maintain their cars. Its overall value proposition is providing a seamless digital user experience. After years of growing locally, carsales decided to expand its business internationally.

To make sure the delivery of services to customers was consistent across multiple markets, carsales needed each of their international hubs to be able to tap into the same global IT platform. To do this they put their core applications in Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre in Melbourne and leveraged a hybrid cloud strategy enabled by ECX Fabric and the Telstra Programmable Network to effectively create repeatable instances of their technology platform worldwide.

With on-demand scalability, a pay-as-you-go model and the backing of a flexible network, we and Equinix were able to maximise carsales’ existing IT strategy, meaning there would be no need to maintain multiple network versions moving forward.

It’s with this simplified access to a multi-cloud environment via a single data centre provider and just one network that has enabled carsales to scale up their infrastructure capacity as their international business grows. With a software-defined edge, the Equinix and Telstra partnership provides the flexibility and cost efficiency to ensure customer business priorities dictate their IT provisioning. Now that’s how a multi-cloud mission is accomplished.

Helping Rabobank on its digital transformation journey
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Helping Rabobank on its digital transformation journey

By Jim Clarke May 15, 2018

We’re excited to announce today that we have partnered with Rabobank to help them through their digital transformation with our Software Defined (SD) Wide Area Networks (WAN) solution.

Rabobank is the world’s leading agribusiness bank and one of Australia’s largest rural lenders, committed to servicing the needs of the rural community.

We have a long standing relationship with Rabobank, collaborating for many years in Australia and New Zealand. Today, we’re excited to strengthen this partnership even further as it takes the first step in its digital transformation program which includes a redesigned architecture for the bank.

Rabobank is future-proofing its network across 93 branches in Australia and New Zealand with the implementation of our SD-WAN solution.

As one of the first banks in Australian to implement SD-WAN to its regional network, Rabobank’s regional branches will now have access to the same technologies as in the major cities, supporting their digital transformation and creating better engagement with regional customers.

This will help Rabobank to optimise its branch network and deliver superior application performance to its branches. This comes after a successful proof of concept with the bank with the results showing a significant increase in speed and bandwidth capabilities, aligning strongly to Rabobank’s digital aspirations.

We’re excited to roll this out with Rabobank over the coming months, with a significant number of branches operating on the new network by end of 2018.

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We’re among the first to achieve AWS Networking Competency

By Jim Fagan December 4, 2017

With more data and applications than ever moving to the cloud, how do organisations continue to deliver the performance needed for bandwidth intensive applications, and provide high quality end user experiences? There is no shortage of options for connecting to the cloud – but few that are seamless from branch sites through to multiple cloud and data centre locations. And even fewer that are equipped to handle the flexibility and API driven nature of cloud.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are among the first to achieve the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Networking Competency status. AWS is without a doubt a global leader in hyperscale cloud, and this designation underscores Telstra’s ability to deliver cloud networking solutions, along with the expertise to help our Enterprise customers adopt, develop and deploy secure connectivity for AWS.

This recognition builds on our extraordinarily strong reputation for secure and reliable networks – now applied to solve the challenges of cloud networking, proven with hundreds of customers. It also distinguishes us amongst the AWS Partner Network member, for our specialised technical proficiency and skills specific to cloud connectivity.

We’re very proud to achieve this competency status. As hybrid cloud emerges as the strategy of choice for most enterprises, our team has never been more focused on transforming the network experience for enterprise – to be simpler, more flexible, and hybrid ready (if you haven’t heard about Telstra Programmable Network or Cloud Gateway yet, then you need to read about the vision here and the latest launch here)

Cloud is often described as a journey rather than a destination, and in many ways this achievement is another important chapter in our cloud journey. But more importantly – if you’re a business simply starting out on your cloud journey or seeking to optimise a complex hybrid cloud environment, you can be confident we can help.

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The Art of failing fast and getting on with it

By Jay Batten May 3, 2017

Successful small and medium businesses often have that something special that sets them apart. It might be great ideas and products, fast systems and processes or the best customer service experience.

Here, Michelle Bourke from ArtLiveMedia, tells us how, as a cloud-first company, their team exists across time zones and different countries.

For more on how to be ‘that’ business, head to Smarter Business.

Business and Enterprise |

Australian business a global cloud leader  

By Jim Fagan April 20, 2017

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.

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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.