Telstra has added another piece to puzzle in its quest to dominate the global Cloud market.
As of today, Telstra will sell IBM's SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform.
This adds to deals with Microsoft, Cisco and VMware, to resell their Cloud services.
Under the IBM agreement, Telstra customers will have access to SoftLayer’s highly secure and agile cloud infrastructure.
This follows the opening of two new IBM datacentres in Melbourne and Sydney.
According to a company statement, "moving to the IBM Cloud allows organisations to quickly and securely provision capacity where and when it is required by an individual business," it said.
"The pay-as-you-go, on-demand model also helps deliver cost savings for Australian businesses, reducing the need for up-front capital expenditure on IT, along with the cost of ongoing IT maintenance and refreshes."
Telstra chief information Officer and executive director of cloud, Erez Yarkoni, said the alliance would 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," he said.
"SoftLayer is a platform that lets businesses quickly migrate, build, test, and deploy their applications and innovations,” he said.
Telstra Australian customers, from large scale enterprise to start-ups, will have access to the full-range of SoftLayer infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking.
Yarkoni said Telstra customers could connect to IBM’s services via the internet or with a simple extension of their private network.
"By adding the Telstra Cloud Direct ConnectTM 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,” he said.
IBM global technology general manager, Mark Brewer, said Australian businesses had 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.”