Optus signs up for VMware cloud datacentre service program

Optus signs up for VMware cloud datacentre service program

Parent company, SingTel, eager to push its hybrid cloud services to Australia

Optus and its parent company, SingTel, have signed on to become the first telcos customers of VMware’s vCloud Datacentre Services program in Asia-Pacific.

SingTel has been involved with cloud services for many years and Optus is beginning to emulate its parent.

The service, aimed at enterprise class companies, uses virtualisation vendor’s infrastructure with VMware vSphere, vCloud Director and vShield. Customers can push applications from a private cloud to the telcos’ hybrid cloud to alleviate heavy workloads.

“Through this program, we have the means to now be pre-certified, pre-configured, audited with all the security frameworks to offer similar kind of services to enterprises that are already on VMware,” SingTel vice-president of business group, Bill Chang, said.

Chang is touting this as a self-provisioning, real-time on-demand service.

“This allows them to extend infrastructure capabilities beyond what they currently have to accommodate for spike in peak loads without buying additional hardware,” he said.

According to Chang, Australia is one of the most virtualisation consumption and the market may even be more mature than Europe and some parts of the US. Based on his assessment, he saw Australia as a good target for the vCloud Datacentre service.

It is currently being trialled by several companies in Singapore and Australia. Curtain University is one of the trial participants.

Cloud security is provided through VMware vShield, Layer 2 isolation, role-based access control and LDAP integration.

According to a statement, SingTel will also add its own auditable security for enterprise through the ISO27001 security management framework and SAS70 Type II security compliance.

General availability of the service is slated to be before the end of the year.

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