Thursday, 04 August 2022 08:32

Macquarie Telecom joins VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative

Aidan Tudehope Aidan Tudehope

Macquarie Telecom joins VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative, a reflection of the company’s commitment to sovereign IT capability.

The  VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative helps customers identify and engage with trusted national or regional cloud service providers to meet their unique sovereign cloud requirements.

VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative participants offer sovereign cloud solutions for customers in highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance, healthcare, energy, government services, public sector, and telecommunications.

Macquarie says its designation as a VMware Sovereign Cloud Provider follows the company’s own rigorous assessment of its data centres and cloud services in accordance with the VMware Sovereign Cloud framework.

These include protecting critical data for both private and public sector organisations with audited security controls, ensuring compliance with data privacy laws, improving control of data by providing both data residency and data sovereignty and delivering national capability for the digital economy.

“The added value of data sovereignty, jurisdictional control, and data security and compliance means that Macquarie Telecom customers are preparing for changing regulations, increased security threats and geopolitical uncertainty – all of which are growing challenges,” said VMware senior director for cloud ANZ Mike Reddie.

Becoming a member of VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative is the latest in a string of sovereign credentials for Macquarie Telecom.

In August 2021, Macquarie was certified by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

Last year, Macquarie also surpassed the 200-mark for staff with the AGSVA NV1 security clearance – a key requirement for managing classified government data – an increase of more than 66% of staff with this clearance between July-August 2021 alone.

Macquarie Telecom managing director Aidan Tudehope said the certification from VMware is an important validation of the sovereign message his company has been championing for more than a decade.

“Becoming a VMware Sovereign Cloud Provider is further validation of Macquarie’s long-term position on the importance of sovereign capability at a time when national resilience is more important than ever in Australia,” he said.

“In the lead up to the election, the Albanese Government announced its commitment to building sovereign, domestic IT capability to cultivate local industry and keep our data safe.”

“Increasing geopolitical friction has elevated this conversation, with government and regulated industries casting a closer eye over their cloud strategies and who has access to their data.”

“We’ve walked the talk with data sovereignty for a long time, providing customers with not just data residency through our suite of onshore data centres, but complete sovereignty, with data managed onshore and safeguarded from the whims of foreign jurisdictions,” Tudehope concluded.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 3 August 2022.

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