TELUS Partners With Cisco To Roll Out New Cloud Services

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 16, 2010

The buzz around Cloud Computing doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon, even amongst the telecom carriers. TELUS is the latest telecom carrier to leap aboard the cloud bandwagon and it has announced a partnership with Cisco to roll out a cloud service delivery network using Cisco’s unified service delivery (USD) platform.

The partnership will help TELUS build a strong foundation in its quest to launch a high-performance 4G Network. The carrier will be using Cisco’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution in order to introduce managed services for its enterprise customers.

TELUS has nearly 12 million wireless, landline, and Internet customers in Canada. With a growing subscriber base, TELUS is under pressure to simplify network maintenance, offer world class managed services and reduce operational costs. Therefore, the company’s move to switch to a cloud-model is not entirely surprising. And who better than Cisco to help TELUS take the plunge to cloud computing? Cisco’s USD platform is built on the company’s next generation IP network architecture and helps operators reduce costs while offering a broad range of cloud communications services.

As the demand for Internet-based managed and on-demand services grows, TELUS is focused on building an infrastructure that will benefit our customers well into the future. The investments we have made in the Cisco Unified Service Delivery platform help enable us to interconnect our diverse data centers, enabling them to act as one, resulting in more efficient and on-demand service delivery to customers.” said Tony Krueck, vice president, Business Products and Services, TELUS.

TELUS has also announced that it has extended its investment in Cisco Nexus 2000, Cisco Nexus 5000 and Cisco Nexus 7000 switching platforms in its data centers across the nation. Cisco’s Nexus family of switches reduces TCO for customers, accelerate business growth and extend the life cycle of current infrastructure by making the data center more efficient, responsive and resilient.

Several leading research and analysis firms including IDC are betting big on the future of cloud computing. As per IDC, cloud computing is an “enormous opportunity for telecom carriers” in order to benefit from cost savings and business improvements. All leading technology heavyweights including Microsoft (Azure), Google (Google Apps), Amazon (AWS) and IBM (Smart Cloud) have quickly realized that cloud computing is here to stay and they offer varied solutions based on the cloud model. Another term that’s fast catching up is ‘Telephony-as-a-Service’ and it relates exclusively to telephony services using the cloud computing model.

Watch this video to know how Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery platform will be a game changer for TELUS.

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