At the annual CeBIT 2011 conference held in Sydney, Telstra group managing director enterprise and government, Paul Geason, stated a without a smart network infrastructure already built by telco’s such as Telstra, cloud computing wouldn’t be possible.
“These networks, their intelligence, scale and the end-to-end management of them are the first advantage of telcos,” he said.
Geason also pointed out the telco’s ability to supply end-to-end SLAs with transparent reporting mechanisms, billing processes along with its large datacentre infrastructure.
“The result is that the network and cloud services are managed seamlessly with one point of accountability,” he said. “Because telcos offer network, scale, flexibility and agility, we are seen as being critically important to cloud services.”
According to Geason, cloud requirements for large organizations were centered on the need for reliable, secure, cost effective delivery of applications, data and services.
A recent Frost and Sullivan report, State of Cloud Computing in Australia:2011, 43 per cent of Australian enterprises use cloud computing in some form.
“There’s not one solution that fits all for large organizations with complex needs, but some requirements are essential…the full range of private, public and especially hybrid solutions need to be considered,” Geason said.
“The starting point should always be a clear strategy and roadmap as well as executed transition.”