Telstra partners with NextDC in collocation deal

The deal will see the Australian telco giant quickly expand its datacentre footprint across the nation.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

Telstra and NextDC have announced an agreement that will allow for Telstra customers to house their IT infrastructure in NextDC's collocation facilities across Australia while remaining under the Telstra banner.

"We recognise that some of our customers want to complement their Telstra cloud infrastructure environment with equipment that is collocated in a managed datacentre in their region," Michael Riad, Telstra's director of Cloud Services, said in a statement.

"Our relationship with NextDC allows our customers to deploy hybrid solutions, combining Telstra's cloud infrastructure and superior Next IP network with NextDC datacentre services."

A spokesperson for Telstra told ZDNet that the partnership would allow "seamless interworking" between the telco's shared and dedicated cloud infrastructure and that housed in NextDC facilities by the customer.

The Next IP connectivity is available now and present in NextDC's Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Brisbane datacentres. It will also be available in Perth when the facility opens early next year.

NextDC opened its Sydney facility in October, and at the time had 27 percent of its capacity filled. Company founder Bevan Slattery said in July that it was a deliberate strategy for NextDC to open its Sydney datacentre after it had opened facilities in other capital cities.

NextDC posted an AU$2.2 million loss for the 2013 financial year as revenues grew from the opening of facilities in Canberra and Melbourne, as well as a AU$24.4 million payment for completing the construction of the Sydney datacentre. The 2013 result was an improvement on the AU$10.6 million loss the company posted for 2012.

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