Realestate.com.au sold on Telstra T-Suite cloud services

Online service wins over internal system

Real Estate and property portal Realestate.com.au through its parent company REA Group has purchased 750 Microsoft Exchange Online seats through Telstra’s SaaS portal, T-Suite.

The deal is the biggest since Telstra launched T-Suite more than two years ago.

Having its corporate e-mail hosted in the cloud allows REA Group staff to use a common application across the four countries it operates in – Australia, Italy, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

REA Group chief information officer, Daniel Oertli, said moving infrastructure towards cloud services was consistent with REA’s strategy to focus capital and mindshare on competitive edge and more efficiently manage business operations.

“We were running an outmoded corporate e-mail system [so] taking advantage of the resilience, cost efficiencies and managed convenience offered by Microsoft Exchange Online through T-Suite made much more sense,” Oertli said.

REA Group’s local Web sites receive about 6.8 million unique visits every month.

Executive director of Telstra business marketing, Brian Harcourt, said the deal is a landmark for Telstra, T-Suite and its channel partner Microsoft.

“It proves T-Suite is an efficient and cost-effective solution for larger businesses as well as the many thousands of small businesses that have already signed up over the past year,” Harcourt said.

At Microsoft, small and medium business and partner group director, Paul Voges, said through Telstra the company is helping Australian businesses take advantage of the cloud in a “familiar and scalable environment”.

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