|| Cloud - Public, Private and Hybrid
We partner with Telstra to provide migration and ongoing management within both Telstra private and public cloud solutions. Telstra has made a significant investment in its private cloud utility and dedicated environments which gives local businesses access to powerful state-of-the-art data centres, shared or private servers and highly secured storage based in Australia.
Telstra Utility Hosting is Telstra's private cloud offering which is ideal for a variety of businesses and functions. Utility hosting provides a smarter way to pay for, manage and use technology. Instead of purchasing, managing and maintaining your own systems, you gain secure access to shared, virtualised servers and unlimited local storage. You can connect to Utility Hosting via Telstra Internet Direct or one of Telstra's private IP network services Telstra next IP or Telstra Next G.
Telstra dedicated hosting is typically for customers with more complex infrastructure requirements or where the Telstra utility hosting environment doesn't suit. The dedicated hosting platform provides an enterprise grade compute platform to host complex applications, back up your data and provides greater disaster recovery and storage functionality. Another benefit of the dedicated environment is the ability to move eligible Microsoft Licenses through the Volume Licensing program into the Telstra environment, thus saving on software costs.
Cloud ICT specialises in assisting or performing migration, ongoing management and licensing within the Telstra Utility or Dedicated Hosting environments.
Our public offering Microsoft Office 365 is exclusive to Telstra through Microsoft, Office 365 gives customers access to Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint, Lync and a desktop version of Microsoft Office on a per user per month basis. This solution suits a variety of businesses of all sizes and is great value for money.
Speak with us today to determine which cloud environment is right for your technology strategy within your business plan. If you don't have a technology strategy aligned with your business plan then allow us to assist you in writing one, to ensure you get the most value out of every dollar spent on technology for your business.
Microsoft Office 365 helps meet your business’s needs for robust security, reliability, and end-user productivity.
ALL THESE PRODUCTIVITY AND COLLABORATION TOOLS ARE INCLUDED IN OFFICE 365:
The world’s leading productivity tools in a form that fits your business, today and tomorrow. A version of Microsoft Office delivered as a flexible service and supported by cloud-connected Office 365 services, Office Professional Plus is Microsoft’s most complete productivity experience. You get the latest versions of the familiar Office applications and the Office Web Apps, freeing your people to create, communicate, and work together efficiently from virtually any device.
Exchange Online offers email, calendar and contacts designed to provide your business with the control you want and the security and reliability you need. With Exchange Online, you run your email on Microsoft’s globally-redundant servers, protected by built-in antivirus and anti-spam filters and unlimited, IT-level phone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week in your local language.
Keep teams in sync. SharePoint Online gives you a central place to share documents and information with colleagues and customers. Designed to work with familiar Office applications, it’s easy to save documents directly to SharePoint, and work together on proposals and projects in real-time because you have access to the documents and information you need from virtually anywhere.
Lync Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways from anywhere by using presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling, and rich online meetings with audio, video, and web conferencing. Lync Online transforms interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners from today’s hit-or-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and productive experience.
Office Web Apps are convenient online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote that offer you an easy way to access, view, and edit documents directly from your web browser.
Telstra’s Utility Hosting service provides customers with virtual servers and associated computing resources that can be adapted as business needs change. It enables customers to rapidly and easily scale their resources to meet demand fluctuations with minimal cost and minimal delay.
The virtual servers employ the latest virtualisation technologies on Telstra’s world class network to deliver computing resources. This is a highly secure multi-tenanted platform that enables customers to rapidly scale their computing resources to meet business needs as they arise.
This product is ideally suited if you require:
- A small to medium size hosting environment
- The rapid deployment of infrastructure
- An ability to rapidly make changes to your infrastructure
- A temporary platform in response to a temporary need
- A reduction in upfront infrastructure investment costs (for both short term or longer term uses)
If you already have a Telstra Private IP Network have the ability to utilise this platform via a 30mb port with no fee into the utility hosting environment. This is ideal for off site back, DR and BCP, a test/development enbvironment or hosting business critical applications.
Telstra Dedicated Hosting is a simple and cost-effective solution for companies with complex applications, back-up, disaster recovery and storage requirements that don’t want the risk, hassle or cost of maintaining their own systems. With Dedicated Servers, your applications and data reside on a blade server – or a collection of blade servers – reserved entirely for your own use. This provides the extra level of security and reliability you need. There’s a choice of virtual or physical servers, depending on your business requirements. You can also choose to manage the servers yourself, or have us manage them for you.
Our Dedicated Servers can:
- Give you confidence that your information is highly secure and backed-up with full redundancy
- Transform your IT spend into a predictable cost-effective operational expense
- Dramatically lower provisioning time to get projects up and running
- Reduce your risk with ISO 27001 certified security processes and infrastructure in our world-class data centres
- Provide Comprehensive Service Level Agreements of up to 99.99%, backed by Australia’s largest national mobile broadband network, with coverage to 99% of Australians
- Achieve internet, communications and technology cost efficiencies and asset consolidation by moving key business applications and tools to the cloud.
We have the ability when required to provide all licensing for Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and various other software vendors on a per user per month basis. This elimates the need for large upfront costs and enables you with the ability to upgrade to the newest version for no capital outlay when it is available.
There were changes last year by Microsoft that allows certain licenses that have been purchased under certain volume licensing agreements to be moved into a service providers environment also with no penalty. The Telsra Utility Hosting and Telstra dedicated Hosting environment includes VMware and base OS (MS, Linus, Unix) within the monthly fee.
In simple terms, public cloud services are characterised as being available to clients from a third party service provider via the Internet.
A public cloud does not mean that a user's data is publically visible; public cloud vendors typically provide an access control mechanism for their users. Public clouds provide an elastic, cost effective means to deploy solutions.
A public cloud is used when standardised applications are used by lots of people such as email and collaboration projects. Public clouds reside outside business firewall.
- Low upfront costs - Connecting to the cloud through a third party is relatively fast and easy.
- Scalability – If you need to expand your IT functions quickly, this can be done very fast with a public cloud.
- Access – The cloud offers access to applications and computing power you wouldn’t normally be able to afford if ran privately.
A private cloud offers many of the benefits of a public cloud computing environment, such as being elastic and service based. The difference between a private cloud and a public cloud is that in a private cloud-based service, data and processes are managed within the organisation without the restrictions of network bandwidth, security exposures and legal requirements that using public cloud services might entail. In addition, private cloud services offer the provider and the user greater control of the cloud infrastructure, improving security and resiliency because user access and the networks used are restricted and designated.
- More secure - A private cloud sites behind a firewall so you control your data’s exposure.
- Better Risk – Owning and managing infrastructure and architecture means you can implement additional support as you see fit.
- Custom Fit – A private cloud is specifically tailored to meet your business needs.
A hybrid cloud is a composition of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud. A hybrid cloud is typically offered in one of two ways: a vendor has a private cloud and forms a partnership with a public cloud provider, or a public cloud provider forms a partnership with a vendor that provides private cloud
A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organisation provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally. For example, an organisation might use a public cloud service, such as Office 365 for hosted email but continue to maintain in-house servers for a proprietary application. Ideally, the hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities. This type of hybrid cloud is also referred to as hybrid IT.
Key characteristics of cloud computing are:
Rapid Elasticity and Scalability:
The cloud application can be scaled down as well as up to accommodate the needs of customer. This inherent flexibility and the savings that result from it makes cloud services very attractive to the end user.
On-demand provisioning and automatic deprovisioning:
The customer can request an amount of computing, storage, software from service provider. After these resources are consumed, they can be automatically deprovisioned.
Application Programming interfaces (APIs):
Cloud services have standardized APIs that provide seamless communication between two applications or data sources such as CRM system and financial management system without the need of custom programming.
The usage of computing power, storage and bandwidth is metered and billed accordingly.
Cloud hosting is provided on multiple connected servers to provide uninterrupted connectivity in the case of one server failure or huge spike in traffic.
Cloud Computing is broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (Saas).
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS delivers computer hardware (servers, networking technology, and storage and data center space) as a service. This can also include operating systems and virtualization technology. The main benefits of outsourcing infrastructure are:
Running an in-house web server has many cost factors such as purchase cost, networking, internet connections, server management and deployment other IT resources. All these costs can be eliminated for one cheaper fee by an expert cloud service provider.
Aggregation of resources:
Aggregate server and networking resources are provided to handle spikes in traffic.
New resources such as storage, servers, network bandwidth are made available faster because cloud providers aggregate homogenous resources across large number of customers.
A cloud service provider offers adequate security to mitigate security threats.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS usually have multi-tenancy architecture that allows multiple users to run data and applications simultaneously through virtualization. This model allows developers to build web applications without having to install any software or tools on their own computer, and can deploy those applications directly. Platform as a Service (PaaS) include browser based development studios and the ability to scale.
Software as a Service (Saas)
Saas refers to business applications that are hosted by the provider and delivered as a service such as CRM. Instead of having to install a program on their machine, users are able to run the application through a web browser. Software as a Service (Saas) is sometimes called Web-based software, on-demand software, or hosted software.