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Telstra CSX vs Microsoft Azure

August 3, 2021

Organisations are always looking for ways to ensure their technological environment is modern, secure and utilises the latest technology available in the market. With a major shift and acceleration towards a remote, and hybrid work environment, there needs to be accommodation of cloud computing.  

Cloud computing has a plethora of benefits and ensures that your organisation can work from any location in a safe and secure manner. A recent Deloitte study concluded that 42% of businesses in Australia are now using paid cloud technology. The adoption of cloud services by businesses in Australia has resulted in a cumulative productivity benefit to the economy of $9.4 billion over the last 5 years, and 78% of users have reported improvements in productivity and efficiency since using cloud services. 

There are multiple different cloud options, but this will blog will analyse the difference between Telstra CSX and Microsoft Azure.  


The Telstra Cloud Infrastructure offers virtual servers located in Australian data centres. These servers are built to scale with reliable performance with access from your private network to run the applications you require. 

The Key features for Telstra CSX are 

  • Secure cloud connectivity 
  • Telstra NextIP and Internet (Providing simple solutions for all your connectivity needs) 
  • Flexible purchaser options Monthly, yearly, multiple-year contracts 
  • Managed cloud options 
  • Rapid Provisioning (Increase your storage within 3 business days)  

Azure allows you to achieve your goals with the freedom and flexibility to build, manage and deploy your apps anywhere. Use your preferred languages, frameworks, and infrastructure – even your own data centre and other clouds – to solve challenges large and small. 

 The Key features for Azure are: 

  • Trusted Cloud Technology 
  • Operate in Hybrid Conditions Seamlessly 
  • Build on your terms 
  • Future-Proof your organisation 

The key difference between the two platforms is the way resources are made available. In CSX you have to source and pay a monthly fee for an entire ‘blade’, which is a large server chassis with vCPU, RAM, and some storage. So even if you only want to host a single VM, you’re paying for an entire blade. In Azure you can build a tiny little VM and just pay a monthly fee for it and data egress (out), even if you only have it up for a few days to test. 

Overall, the Telstra CSX option is cheaper for resources, but the initial cost of the whole blade is expensive, whereas Azure has more consistent costs that facilitate smaller amounts of resources in a cheaper manner.  

Azure also can spin up during specific hours or timeframes which can help lower costs to your organisation. As an example, you can have the cloud on only during business hours, reducing costs and being more efficient. Azure also has more primary services available upfront whereas CSX requires labour to build the services from scratch and can be time-consuming. 

It is best to reach out to an expert to assess your environment and guide you towards a solution that best suits your organisation. Jasco can help you transition to the cloud seamlessly, so feel free to reach out below to learn more. 

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