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Telstra to offer services in one integrated intelligent platform

Telstra is offering its software-defined networking and network virtualisation capabilities, cloud platform and data centres, and global and Australian networks, in one integrated and intelligent platform that provides network-as-a-service.

The telco says the new network — the Telstra Programmable Network — will be programmable at its core and enable the automation and provisioning of services to help businesses quickly add new capabilities to deliver better experiences without significant infrastructure upgrades.

Telstra outlined its plans at the International Telecoms Week (ITW) Conference in Chicago on Monday.

“Our vision for the Telstra Programmable Network is to help businesses optimise their IT by offering automated, on-demand and near real-time provisioning, consumption-based pricing and new data insights on network usage,” said Jim Fagan, director, global platforms.

“The Telstra Programmable Network brings together all of our SDN technologies such as PEN, Telstra’s first globally connected on-demand networking platform, and continues their development under one vision, architecture and investment programme.”

In an important next step in rolling out the Telstra Programmable Network, Fagan said Telstra would implement a significant capability upgrade of its core international IP network in the coming months.

This will introduce increased bandwidth and flexibility, which Fagan says the Telstra Programmable Network will demand.

In addition, he says the enhancements will also increase Telstra’s peering capacity by up to 70%, and provide enhanced security with traffic segregation capability to mitigate DDoS traffic.

“The Telstra Programmable Network is designed to help our customers meet the rapidly growing global demand for data and the proliferation of applications, as well as embrace cloud computing by offering flexible and dynamic access to our high bandwidth, low latency and secure networks.”

Fagan said international IP-based virtual private network customers would also be able to access the Telstra Programmable Network’s capabilities from any of the company’s 2000 points of presence worldwide after launch, including extending their network via Telstra’s portal or API to access the Internet and a range of public cloud services including Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer.

“These initial investments will establish the groundwork for the Telstra Programmable Network with future enhancements, such as orchestrated real-time SD-WAN and security, to be announced in the coming months,” Fagan said.
“We see the need for a new type of networking infrastructure, and the enhancements to our international IP core network and creation of a new software-enabled platform provide the building blocks needed to support the rollout of the Telstra Programmable Network, which leverages our world-class network.

“In the age of digital disruption, an organisation’s network needs to support its future growth, whether that involves expanding into new markets, creating new products or improving efficiency.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).