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Helping Rabobank on its digital transformation journey

Business and Enterprise

Posted on May 15, 2018

2 min read

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

Business and Enterprise

Posted on December 4, 2017

2 min read

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

Small Business

Posted on May 3, 2017

1 min read

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.

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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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VeloCloud partnership to deliver software defined business solutions

Telstra News

Posted on March 6, 2017

2 min read

With Gartner predicting Software Defined (SD) Wide Area Networks (WAN) will grow from 1% market share today to 30% in three years, Mark Sherman outlines a new investment in VeloCloud, an innovative SD-WAN provider in the United States.

Today we announced a strategic partnership with US based VeloCloud, the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, which simplifies and automates enterprise branch networking. The partnership includes an investment by Telstra Ventures in VeloCloud as part of their latest funding round.

This investment is consistent with Telstra’s overall network strategy, with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) increasingly playing a role in offering greater network flexibility and agility for our enterprise customers.

We expect SDN will continue to transform enterprise networking around the world and VeloCloud SD-WAN can help companies achieve more agile and responsive networks, as well as reduce costs.

VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility and simplified branch and end-point implementations, while delivering optimised access to cloud services, private data centres and enterprise applications.

Both enterprises and service providers will benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links.

Sanjay Uppal, CEO and Co-founder of VeloCloud has said he is looking forward to working closely with us on opportunities in Australia and across Asia. We share his enthusiasm as we think VeloCloud’s technology can help businesses manage their networks in dynamic environments across multiple locations.

Our first step will be to offer VeloCloud technology to customers in mainland China. Telstra’s joint venture in China, Telstra PBS, is a leading provider of enterprise services to customers in mainland China, and is adding VeloCloud SD-WAN solutions to its product suite.