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Telstra to sell virtual servers to small business owners
"they could be custom-developed applications, or other off-the-shelf
applications, that they can put on this infrastructure .."
by: Andrew Colley. From: The Australian November 08, 2011 12:00AM
TELSTRA has ramped up its cloud strategy with a new online ordering and
management portal aimed at Australia's small and medium-sized businesses.
The portal, which Telstra was putting through final testing yesterday,
lets companies buy and manage virtual servers in the carrier's cloud.
Telstra's cloud product portfolio manager, Nick Gaul, said the portal
would gradually replace a back-end-centric sales system that Telstra had
been relying on to provide virtual servers to customers for the past year.
"The portal is trying to make it simpler to purchase these services," Mr
Gaul said. "It lets us go through not only the buying process but also
through to the usage."
The portal can be accessed from any internet connection. Telstra charges
for network traffic to and from the servers.
Mr Gaul said the portal, which lets purchases be made through a shopping
cart-style interface, would complement Telstra's T-Suite, which is
underpinned by Microsoft's cloud-based office suite, Office 365.
The virtual server is aimed at non-enterprise customers who do not have
complex system configuration requirements and want to run their servers
"There can be other applications that don't have a natural software-as-a-
service fit, and they could be custom-developed applications or other off-
the-shelf applications that they can put on this infrastructure, and
still get that server off the customer premise," Mr Gaul said.
"The next phase was to further simplify the portal's deeper server
management features with a new interface layer to sit on top VMware's
virtual server provisioning system," Mr Gaul said.
That is expected to be available early next year.
The management portal offers 16 base operating system templates,
including various flavours of Microsoft and Linux servers.
Businesses can configure private or public facing virtual servers and pay
for them as part of a package starting at $200 a month, which includes
two CPUs, 4GB of RAM, 100GB of storage and 40GB of internet access
The packages include the licence cost of most operating systems, with the
exception of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server.
Systems can also be configured for time-based payment on a pay-as-you-go
basis, with prices dependent on the processing power, RAM and storage.
For example, the base price for a four CPU system with 32GB RAM would be
$2.24 an hour with additional hourly charges for storage (0.03c a GB an
hour) and internet access ($1 a GB).
The PAYG model offers some flavours of the Linux operating system for
free, including Ubuntu, Oracle Linux, Fedora, Debian and CentOS. Telstra
charges an extra 9c an hour for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and 8c an hour
for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Windows Server 2003 and 2008 attract a charge of 2c an hour. Windows
Small Business Server attracts a monthly charge of $8 a user.
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