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Telus partners with Cisco, Microsoft in hybrid cloud offering

Telus partners with Cisco, Microsoft in hybrid cloud offering 

Called the Telus Hybrid Cloud, the new service will provide customers the flexibility to combine both private and public cloud capabilities to suit their business operations, according to Tom Jolly, vice-president of managed IT and cloud services at Telus.

Telus is largely known for its mobile and Internet service, but this new offering signals an expansion of its managed services provider portfolio. Jolly said the company is focusing on hybrid cloud technology because Telus believes it provides the ideal solution for Canadian organizations which are mostly mid-sized companies.

“The IT department is constantly getting pressure to provide network reliability and uptime, security, cut cost and SaaS for line-of-business (LOB) departments,” he told IT in Canada. “Hybrid is one of the best solutions to deliver these and at the same time enable the business to reduce cost and risk as well as cut down complexity.”

IDC Canada predicts that over the next five years, cloud spending will outpace non-cloud IT spending by a factor of eight, and by 2019 Canadian businesses will be spending more than $1.9 billion on cloud deployments.

Cloud technologies and infrastructure are critical to business transformation, said Tony Olvet, group vice-president of research domains team at IDC Canada.

“However, only 16 per cent of respondents in a recent survey claim they have transformed their business,” Olvet said. “It is still early days. Infrastructure and cloud skills sets are leading barriers.”

This is why services such as those offered by Telus would be very attractive to many companies that want to take advantage of cloud technologies, according to Mark Schrutt, research vice-president for services and enterprise applications at IDC Canada.

“A lot of mid-sized companies are aching to move their workloads to the cloud but many do not have the ability to invest in building a new infrastructure or they do not have the in-house cloud expertise,” he said. “That is why a managed service provider makes sense. MSP absorb the risk and complexity.”

The Telus Public Cloud offers cost-effective shared compute and storage infrastructure for elastic, non-critical workloads while the Telus Private Cloud delivers dedicated infrastructure for mission-critical applications with heightened security or compliance requirements. 

With the Telus Hybrid Cloud, Jolly said, customers can rapidly switch between private and public cloud infrastructures as their business operations demand.

Hybrid cloud services will be delivered from Telus’ two data centres with Microsoft Azure integrated into one solution and accessed through a single management portal, said Matthew Kestian, director of solution sales at Microsoft Canada.

He also said customer data will remain in data centres located inside Canada’s borders.

Cisco will be providing the switches and routers and network connections, according to Roy Purtill, director of cloud services for Cisco Canada. Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will facilitate the delivery of cloud services.

Cisco cloud architecture for the Microsoft cloud platform is a pre-integrated, tested and validated solution that enables TELUS to rapidly deliver cloud services.

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