16 June 2011
Telstra has announced plans to invest over $842 million (AUD $800 million) into cloud computing over the next five years.
The Australian telco has partnered with vendors Cisco,
VMware and Accenture to build the integrated cloud platform and
will use cloud technology partner Microsoft to deliver the
Telstra said that the reason for this heavy investment was
to support the growing demand for cloud services from
organisations across Australia.
We are experiencing strong sales in our cloud voice
and video services, which are exceeding 80% per year and we now
manage more than 100,000 IP telephony services delivered from
the cloud, said David Thodey, CEO at Telstra.
The money will be put towards new services including
building new data centres and updating existing ones, expanding
enterprise applications and enhancing the capabilities of
Telstras T-Suite software.
Thodey added: There is no one solution that fits all
with cloud computing. Telstra is investing to develop and
deliver cloud computing solutions that can meet the individual
needs of Australian businesses and governments.
Corporate customers which use Telstras cloud services
include wine producers Australian Vintage Limited, the
Salvation Army Employment Plus, Oz Minerals, leisure and
entertainment company Tabcorp and Tristar Medical
"[Telstra] will have fierce competitors such as IBM,
Microsoft, Google, and HP," said Paul Budde, MD of BuddeComm.
"However, Telstra has the network capacity and is now building
up the software around it to challenge these perhaps more
experienced IT companies."
"They are well and truly
establishing themselves as a leader in the market, which I
believe a is a very clever move," added