John Ieraci, director of Telstra’s IP, data and security portfolio, claimed that the Application Assured Networking service gave Telstra a commanding lead over other international IP network providers. “This is all about contextual based networking …there is enough intelligence so that the network makes policy decision on the fly” based on preset parameters provided by the client company’s CIO, he said.
This element of the service – policy setting and control – will be released later this year. To achieve this level of control the CIO will tag individual applications according to the network priority level that they should receive.
At the same time Telstra will make available additional functions so that customers can access “bursts” of additional network capacity at key times – for example to support a telepresence conference. According to Mr Ieraci, Telstra will “create the ability to burst beyond the notional bandwidth” consuming (and paying for) additional capacity on demand.
According to Mr Jones; “This is as much a commercial activity as a technical solution” and would allow Telstra to sell additional capacity on its network to existing IP network clients.
It will also according to Mr Ieraci allow Telstra to offer its cloud computing services with different service levels – bronze, silver or gold he suggested – and be able to charge for telepresence applications on a per minute basis. “This will change the way it is consumed,” he said.
At the heart of the service are a series of Application Assured Gateways which are already deployed in all major capital cities. So far Telstra has signed up nine companies for the service, which is available on an opt-in basis for an additional cost.