Telstra establishes U.S. cloud service presence

Telstra Global has added the United States to its growing list of regions--which already includes the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia--where it offers cloud services for its multinational business customers.

Located on the East Coast, the U.S. extension is part of the service provider's ongoing movement to keep pace with growing demand for global cloud services.

"The new U.S. node brings our total cloud presence up to seven distinct locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific and will enable customers operating across multiple geographic locations, including the U.S., to quickly and efficiently realize the benefits of enterprise cloud services on their global operations," said Martin Bishop, global head of Network Applications and Services for Telstra, in a release.

U.S. expansion has been an ongoing theme for Telstra Global.

The service provider expanded its MPLS network reach by launching new points of presence (PoPs) in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Chicago, a move that it said addresses its multinational corporation customers' Asia Pacific access needs. Earlier, it expanded its data center location reach by integrating and adding capacity to data centers across six locations in Asia, Australia and North America.

Besides expanding its network reach, Telstra Global achieved Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner certification, making its service potentially more valuable to existing and new customers that are migrating to the cloud.

Adding the U.S. to its cloud regions will put Telstra in a better position to challenge traditional incumbent telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), all of which have broad cloud international reach, and international providers like BT (NYSE: BT) and NTT.

CenturyLink, for example, just added a pay-by-the-hour option to its cloud platform that it will initially offer to customers out of its Santa Clara, Calif., and Sterling, Va., locations, with additional managed services and global locations in Europe and Asia enabled later this year.

The telco has also been expanding its U.S. data center footprint with the opening of a new data center in Minneapolis and adding new facilities and capacity in a number of key U.S. and European markets, including: Phoenix; Weehawken, N.J.; Sterling, Va.; Irvine, Calif.; Toronto; Reading, England; and Chicago.

Meanwhile, NTT bolstered its global network services coverage and cloud portfolio to more than 190 countries and regions by acquiring Virtela and a large stake in RagingWire in 2013.

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