Telstra launches multi-cloud management platform


news Telstra has launched a cloud management platform aimed to help businesses with the operation of hybrid cloud environments.

Supported by RightScale, a firm specialising in cloud management technology, Telstra’s new Cloud Management Platform provides enterprises with “a single, comprehensive view” of their private and public cloud services, the telco said.

According to Telstra the move has been prompted by businesses’ growing use of combined private and public cloud solutions. To back up its case, the firm cited figures from IDC showing that more than 65% of enterprises plan to implement hybrid cloud architectures by 2017.

Acknowledging the “huge benefits” of hybrid cloud for business, Telstra said there can be “some complexities” associated with managing these environments, which its Cloud Management Platform is aimed to address.

The platform, available globally from next month, adds a critical layer across multiple cloud platforms that gives businesses a “bird’s-eye view” across all cloud resources, Telstra said.

This extra “visibility” increases choice and control, it added, allowing businesses to monitor applications and then automate how workloads respond.

Cloud management will also make life easier for IT teams by simplifying the experience of connecting to, buying and managing cloud services right across their business, while ensuring compliance.

“The platform’s self-service function will mean IT can make a broader range of cloud services accessible to the business in a way that ensures policies and budgets are maintained, while the platform’s analytics helps identify efficiencies and reduce costs,” said Michelle Bendschneider, Telstra’s Executive Director, Global Products.

“We’ve invested heavily over the past few years to bring together our leading global network, cloud infrastructure and data centre capabilities with the world’s most popular public cloud platforms, like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM Softlayer and VMware vCloud Air, she said.

By combining those cloud services with the connection and security capabilities of Cloud Gateway and the management tools from its new platform, Telstra can provide customers with the “choice, control and confidence they need to truly embrace the cloud”, Bendschneider concluded.

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