Telstra has moved one of Asia's largest retailers, Dairy Farm Group, to a private Cloud solution in a multi-million dollar deal.
The group has more than 100,000 employees and 5800 stores and franchises across Asia -- including IKEA, Mannings and 7-ELEVEN.
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It serves more than one billion consumers annually across its highly diversified businesses.
Under the agreement, Telstra will oversee the storage, physical security, maintenance and connectivity of the company's SAP suite, enabling the organisation to stay focused on its core business.
Dairy Farm Group chief information officer, Gerhard Roux, said the company undertook a very detailed selection process and chose Telstra as its cloud infrastructure partner due to the company's flexibility, ability to scale and willingness to adjust and refine the proposal in line with its needs.
"The total cost of ownership and immediate partnership that developed during the negotiation phase, also influenced our final decision," he said.
The group's SAP migration to Telstra's private cloud started in November 2014, with health and beauty stores being the first to move.
The migration is due for completion in April 2015.
The firm is exploring further expansion of the platform, including unified communications as-a-service, network and retail media solutions within the next two years.
Telstra head of Asia Pacific enterprise, global enterprise and services, Andrew Wildblood, said opting for Telstra's managed private cloud solution helped lower the total cost of ownership for the Dairy Farm Group's SAP suite, with less resources required to manage the environment.
"Hosting business applications in the cloud, helps empower the Dairy Farm Group's employees to work on the move, delivering a consistent level of productivity while addressing increasing demand for mobile workspaces," he said.
"Furthermore, the Dairy Farm Group will benefit from improved business continuity with the managed solution's disaster recovery offerings."
He said growing numbers of companies were looking to outsource the management of their infrastructure to providers such as Telstra.
"By leveraging the benefits of private cloud today,we believe the Dairy Farm Group is well placed to steal a march on its competitors and deliver even more innovative modern retail solutions to its customers across Asia," he said.