Visy enters cloud computing with Telstra services

Cardboard manufacturer Visy has awarded Telstra a $50 million contract to support their business applications in the cloud.

Under a five-year deal, Telstra will supply its NextG and Next IP mobile voice and data services to Visy's 140 sites across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US.

The whole of business network comprises an enterprise utility computing capability which provides security, computing, storage, and activities relating to disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

Visy’s SAP enterprise system is supported in the deal which is expected to deliver a 30 per cent saving against the company’s old internal telecommunications network.

Visy CIO Ken Major said the company can now focus on improving its core business efficiencies and productivity, whilst reaping the benefits of the disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities provided by the cloud model.

“In order to remain competitive and achieve our commercial objectives in a tough economic environment, we need to change the way in which our IT resources are utilised and look at more innovative offerings around a user-pay model with our vendors, so we can share the risk and reward and allow us to grow together," Major said.

"We challenged our incumbents to provide us with our requirements, but the other offerings were in essence hybrids of our pre-existing model. Telstra was the only provider that could deliver world-class Wide Area Network (WAN), voice, mobile and wireless access as well as providing us a full utility model for our computer server and storage needs in its own on-shore, enterprise-grade data centres.”

The capital that was earmarked for IT upgrades at Visy will now go into revenue generating assets across the business.

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