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The Art of failing fast and getting on with it

Small Business

Posted on May 3, 2017

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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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What shape is that cloud?

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.

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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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Will cloud computing cause the next industrial revolution?

Business and Enterprise

Posted on August 16, 2016

3 min read

In her role as leader of Telstra’s Global Products business, Michelle Bendschneider sees firsthand the impact cloud computing has had on the way business is conducted both here in Australia and globally. She takes a look at why cloud has had a larger impact than any other technology over the past decade.

Thanks to cloud computing, IT power is cheaper, easier to deploy, more reliable and less complex. Projects that would have once involved months of planning and significant up-front costs can now be switched on in a matter of minutes, and effectively rented rather than owned.

The connected world is creating huge data streams that provide powerful insights into the way we live and the positive changes we can all make. It is also creating enormous opportunity for innovative and agile companies who can use the data strategically to their advantage.

The cloud has been the spark for true IT transformation, revolutionising the way companies manage and run their IT environments. Speed and agility have become paramount as infrastructure has converged, streamlining server, network and storage capabilities onto the one platform.

What we’re seeing globally is companies changing the way they use their employees. As they converge silos using the cloud, they are also converging roles and retraining employees to maximise business value.

In fact research from Trackvia shows that, by using cloud-based applications and remote access technology, worker productivity has risen by 13 per cent.

However, companies still face challenges, especially when it comes to deciding whether to opt for a public or private cloud approach, and each variation has its own strategic implications.

Public cloud services use servers shared among multiple users, whereas private services entail sole usage of computer and storage resources.

Taking the public route, one of the largest challenges is deciding how you’re going to take core business infrastructure and the applications that go with it and put those applications on somebody else’s infrastructure.

On the private side of things, companies often grapple with the need to maintain internally hosted systems and make them work with cloud services.

While the cloud promises a great deal, moving to a cloud-only IT infrastructure takes time. This often means working with a hybrid infrastructure where some services are retained locally and others hosted in the cloud.

As a large global enterprise, Telstra is well versed in handling these complex digital challenges because we’ve come up against them ourselves.

Over the past 12-18 months we’ve worked tirelessly to improve our cloud service offerings. Partnering with leading service providers from all over the world, we can design the perfect blend of cloud services for your specific business, with all the necessary support and service end-to-end, while keeping security and compliance top of mind.

  • The cloud has had more of an impact on business than any other technology over the past decade
  • Telstra partners with leading global service providers to design the perfect cloud, with all the necessary support and service end-to-end
  • Security and compliance must be a top priority

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