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Telstra to invest $800m in cloud services

Telstra has detailed plans to invest significantly in cloud computing over the next five years, to better support growing demand from Australian businesses of all sizes for cloud services.

Revealing the company’s plans in Sydney yesterday, Telstra CEO David Thodey said the $800 million expenditure would be within its 14 percent capital expenditure to sales ratio, and will include:

  • The building of a new state-of-the-art Australian data centre;
  • Modernising facilities at existing Telstra data centres;
  • Expanding the range of enterprise applications;
  • A new integrated online account management portal;
  • Increased automation of utility computing services; and
  • Enhanced T-Suite capabilities and new applications

For the past 12 months, Thodey said Telstra has met with over 160 Australian organisations about their cloud computing needs, as many begin to move into the cloud.

“There is no one solution that fits all with cloud computing. Telstra is investing to develop and deliver cloud computing solutions that can meets individual needs of Australian businesses and governments,” he said.

To build the next phase of its integrated cloud platform, Telstra has partnered with Cisco, VMware and integration and go-to-market partner Accenture. To deliver cloud services built with the specific needs to Australian business, it’s signed Microsoft to act as its cloud technology partner.

“With our cloud computing platform we can provide cloud services that are integrated into our networks, which mean they are secure, constantly monitored and can be accessed in more locations across the country,” Thodey said.

Telstra said its cloud service will offer world-leading software, infrastructure and communications on a pay-for-use basis.

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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