Australian telecom and web services provider Telstra has responded to the continuing growth of hybrid cloud approaches by announcing a multi-cloud connection product called Cloud Gateway on Tueday. In addition to linking up Telstra customers to public cloud services like AWS, Telstra is now offering the AWS platform to its customers.
Cloud Gateway provides a direct connection to multiple public cloud platforms, privately and securely. Telstra says it connects the IP network service to the cloud with an innovative “one-to-many gateway” model, and provides data carriage, cross connect in the hosting data center, configuration, and support.
“Most organizations don’t realize the full value of cloud out of a single service,” Philip Jones, Executive Director, Global Products and Solutions at Telstra, said in a statement. “Instead, our customers are investing in sophisticated hybrid cloud environments, which come with their own range of fragmented networking challenges. These include managing multiple vendors, portals and contracts, while trying to maintain a high level of security, performance and operational efficiency. We believe that just because these solutions are sophisticated, doesn’t mean that they should also be complex. Cloud Gateway is Telstra’s simple way to connect multiple clouds, and create hybrid environments.”
Telstra’s international customers can use Cloud Gateway to connect to AWS and IBM Softlayer once it is rolled out, while Australian customers can additionally connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and VMware vCloud Air. More infrastructure and SaaS platforms will be added over time, the company says. Cloud Gateway is slated for a June launch.
Telstra has formed several partnerships with major public cloud providers since late 2014, when it partnered with VMware to offer vCloud Air. It also began hosting the first AWS-Ericsson cloud innovation center for telecoms earlier this year.