Telstra expands partnerships with Cisco, Equinix
By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 24 September, 2014
Telstra is expanding its enterprise services partnerships both domestically and overseas.
The company has announced plans to expand its data centre connectivity with international interconnection and data centre provider Equinix into Sydney and Melbourne.
Under the agreement, Telstra will provide content delivery and telecommunications services to customers co-located in the Equinix data centres.
The expansion will involve linking up with Equinix in the SY3 and ME1 data centres. The ME1 is Equinix’s first International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Melbourne. The company expects to complete first-phase construction of the facility in the fourth quarter.
Telstra said the agreement will give the company greater access to potential Asia-Pacific multinational customers and allow it to further support key IP/Ethernet traffic and cloud services to serve the Melbourne market.
Separately, Telstra revealed plans to extend its Cisco Intercloud platform to include Hong Kong and Singapore.
The companies teamed up earlier this year to combine Telstra’s cloud capabilities with Cisco’s OpenStack cloud infrastructure.
The Telstra Cisco Cloud Services platform in Australia is now live in trial mode for a select few customers and partners, and the two companies are preparing to extend the platform overseas.
Telstra Executive Director Cloud Erez Yarkoni said the Cisco partnership forms part of the operator’s efforts to “expand our cloud services portfolio to a global footprint ... We will continue to add market-leading and trusted cloud solutions to address the cloud requirements our customers have.”
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