Telstra accelerates into the cloud with Cisco technology

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Telstra (ASX: TLS.AX) is accelerating into the cloud using Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) technology.

The Australian telco giant said it will use Cisco's global cloud platform to provision cloud and network services in real-time to improve speed, security and performance for its customers. Telstra also said it would invest in Cisco Evolved Services Platform for networking infrastructure.

"Our customers will now have the choice of cloud infrastructure from global leaders, allowing them to select the cloud service to meet their requirements and scale network and cloud resources to deliver service agility, security and performance," Erez Yarkoni, executive director of Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, said in a press release.

The deal will open up the cloud to Telstra customers who can "design the best cloud environment to suit their business," said Yarkoni.

"Applications are critical to delivering business value and we believe we can offer our customers a differentiated solution for managing their applications across clouds," he said. "The Cisco relationship allows us to offer deeper and broader service capabilities to help our customers manage their critical applications, making the transition to the cloud simpler and more cost effective."

The new cloud relationship expands a longtime partnership between the vendor and the carrier, said Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, who called it a "first of a kind deployment."

For more:
- Telstra issued this press release

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