IBM acquired privately held Softlayer for US$2 billion in 2013, and has since invested US$1.2 billion more to make it a premier supplier of cloud services globally. Last year it opened a new Softlayer data centre in the Melbourne suburb of Deer Park, and also has a hosted facility in Sydney.
Erez Yarkoni, Telstra’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Cloud said the alliance will provide customers with choice and flexibility when adopting an efficient and agile hybrid cloud environment and demonstrated another key milestone in Telstra’s global cloud strategy.
“Telstra customers will be able to access IBM’s hourly and monthly compute services on the SoftLayer platform, a network of virtual data centres and global points-of-presence (PoPs), all of which are increasingly important as enterprises look to run their applications on the cloud. SoftLayer is a platform that lets businesses quickly migrate, build, test, and deploy their applications and innovations,” he said.
Yarkoni said Telstra’s Australian customers will have access to the full-range of SoftLayer infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. “The network of connected enterprise-grade SoftLayer data centres will enable Australian business to manage data residency, security and resiliency.
“Telstra customers can connect to IBM’s services via the Internet or with a simple extension of their private network. By adding the Telstra Cloud Direct Connect offering, they can also access IP VPN connectivity, giving them a smooth experience between our Next IP network and their choice of global cloud platforms,” Yarkoni said.
IBM’s Mark Brewer said: “Australian businesses have quickly realised the benefits of moving to a flexible cloud model to accommodate the rapidly changing needs of business today. IBM Cloud provides Telstra customers with unmatched choice and freedom of where to run their workloads, with proven levels security and high performance.”
Telstra seems to be covering all its bases with cloud. It also resells Microsoft’s Azure, and a year ago announced a close relationship with Cisco, reselling its Intercloud as one of only nine global partners (CommsWire, 27 March 2014).