Optus' cloud offering 'not vague': MD

Optus' cloud service not just "hosting re-badged"

Optus Business' acting managing director has dismissed suggestions that the telco's cloud offering is vague and lacks a proper roadmap.

Speaking to Computerworld Australia at VMware's vForum in Sydney, Robert Parcell said while Telstra’s recent move to offer cloud services arguably lacked detail, Optus offering was more than vaporware.

“We’ve actually got services operating, we’ve got customers that are on it, we’ve got pricing, we’ve got service level agreements,” he said. “I think sometimes when you come out with a lot of marketing and not a lot of substance, people can talk about that being vague.

“… From our perspective, we are providing customers [with a] cloud service and its not just hosting re-badged.”

Parcell said Optus’ solution, which was launched last month, currently had two public test customers, Curtin University and infrastructure company Savills, and a number on its private list.

“The customer list we’re not quoting because we’re getting them up and operating,” he said by way of explanation. “We’ll certainly hope that once they’re satisfied we’ll be able to talk about them.”

Parcell said Optus’ was currently concentrating on offering infrastructure as a service to customers, as opposed to virtualised applications similar to arch-rival, Telstra.

“The customer wants to have a service level and understand how the information traverses from their premises into the cloud,” he said. “Because we can provide the network as well as the cloud solution, we know that we can provide those service levels in the cloud.”

In contrast to Optus, Telstra this week announced its second cloud-centred move in as many weeks, expanding its cloud portfolio to include virtualised unified communications from Mitel.

The previous week Telstra signed Accenture to help it jointly push an off-premise private cloud virtualisation platform to large enterprise and government departments.

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