According to Telstra, "The alliance will [give] customers access to expanded capability, deployed more rapidly and delivered through a single, integrated, end-to-end service model from a secure and scalable cloud environment." It added: "State of the art mobility and analytics functionality are being jointly developed through this alliance as part of the solution roadmap."
Current SAP users will be able to migrate their on-premise SAP applications to the Telstra cloud or build new SAP systems in a fully managed private cloud. They are already able to do this, but under their own initiative. In September 2011 SAP certified Telstra's cloud infrastructure enabling organisations that want to run their SAP applications out of Telstra's cloud to do so.
Mark Pratley, general manager cloud services in Telstra Enterprise & Government, said: "Both Telstra and Accenture will continue to innovate and develop more hosted SAP solutions that will significantly reduce the cost of ownership and [offer] a new way to deliver business applications."
Telstra announced in October 2010 a cloud computing alliance with Accenture under which clients' applications are hosted in a virtualised environment in Telstra data centres and delivered over Telstra's IP network infrastructure with Accenture providing: the expertise to transition clients' existing applications into the cloud; ongoing support for those applications; and implementing new applications in the cloud rather than in customers' own data centres.
Then, in July 2011 Telstra announced that it would invest $800m in cloud computing facilities over the next five years. And in August 2011 Telstra and Accenture announced that they had set up a joint cloud computing innovation lab in Melbourne to develop cloud computing products for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
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