Cloud is the new buzzword for wireless carriers all over the world and Canada’s very own Telus is no stranger to the cloud computing circles. The carrier first ventured into the cloud segment in 2010 when it partnered with Cisco to roll out a cloud service delivery network using Cisco’s unified service delivery (USD) platform.
In January, Telus partnered with Huawei to build an Innovation Centre for Enterprise Cloud Services at Carleton University. A month later, it acquired Wolf Medical Systems, a company that provides online health records sharing for doctors to create ‘Telus Physician Solutions’ – a new line of cloud-based business targeted as strengthening the carrier’s position in the country’s healthcare sector.
And yesterday, Telus announced the launch of TELUS AgilIT Virtual Private Cloud – a flexible, on-demand, enterprise-class Cloud offering designed specifically for business needs. The company announced that it has chosen AMD Opteron(TM) processors to power the TELUS AgilIT Virtual Private Cloud.
Telus says its Virtual Private Cloud offering is suitable for businesses of all sizes access and it provides a powerful, full-featured portal that enables 24×7 remote access to view and manage their cloud. Given that a larger number of organizations view IT as a strategic resource, Telus’ entry into the infrastructure as a service (Iaas) isn’t surprising. Though its core strength is wireless, Telus already has nearly 250,000 SMB customers and 1,600 larger enterprise clients for its existing computing and mobile communications offerings.
“TELUS has taken a quality-based approach to cloud computing by providing customers with secured, guaranteed capacity of computing power while maintaining the flexibility to create, change or suspend their computing jobs as required through a centralized view of their cloud infrastructure,” said Tony Krueck, vice-president of Business Products & Services at TELUS. “This allows businesses to respond with greater agility to market demands, develop new applications faster, and contain IT costs by subscribing to computing capacity only as needed.”
Telus is offering three variants for its AgilIT Virtual Private Cloud. The entry-level variant ($995 a month) lets a subscribe buy up to 2.5 GHz of computing cycles and 5 Gigabytes of memory. The other compute variants are 5 GHz of cycles and up to 10 GB of RAM, and 10 GHz of CPU and 20 GB of memory respectively. Subscribers have a choice of three- or six-month terms. The company is offering a 99.95% uptime SLA.
Besides AMD, the TELUS AgilIT Virtual Private Cloud uses next generation hardware and software from NetApp, VMware, and Xsigo.