Thursday, 25 March 2021 11:58

Aware Super selects Equinix to transform its IT infrastructure and deliver greater member value


One of Australia’s largest industry funds, Aware Super, "scales at speed" in a hybrid cloud environment to support anticipated business expansion through Equinix.

Equinix. Billed as "the world’s digital infrastructure company", the company announced it has supported Aware Super, one of Australia’s largest industry superannuation funds with more than $130 billion of funds under management, to "transform its IT infrastructure to enhance employee and member experience, and align to the organisation’s growth ambitions."

We're told that Aware Super, which rebranded from First State Super in September 2020, and which merged VicSuper and WA Super in 2020, has "migrated two on-premise data centres into Equinix’s International Business Exchanges (IBX) data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, linking both sites using Telstra’s Programmable Network (TPN), with low-latency, on-demand connectivity to support fluctuating bandwidth demand.

"By using Equinix Fabric, Aware Super can also ensure redundancy and quickly interconnect to a hybrid cloud environment and mission critical global financial services, such as trading and investment platforms."

Through this deployment, Aware Super reports having "enefited from a sharp decline in resources spent maintaining its traditional IT environment and reduced data replication time from days to just minutes.

"This means the organisation can scale at speed while integrating two key superannuation funds it merged with in 2020, VIC Super and WA Super, adding thousands to its employee and member base with minimal disruption to its current operations."

With more than 1.1 million members and clients, Aware Super said it has "reduced the incidence of infrastructure component failures by 24%, delivering better employee and member experiences and managing on-demand increases to compute and storage requirements as the need arises, with minimum downtime."

In addition, by leveraging Equinix’s digital infrastructure in Sydney and Melbourne with TPN, Aware Super said it has "built a network, data centre and cloud strategy that saves resources and is focused on supporting business growth instead of infrastructure. This robust architecture keeps everyone connected, with many employees continuing to work from home and members checking their fund performance via the web or mobile application."

Dominic Borg, Head of IT Delivery at Aware Super said: “We knew that to deliver successfully, we had to strip away all the traditional barriers of the past and build out a network, data centre and cloud strategy that aligns with our ambitious growth strategy.

"Reflecting on the COVID-19 world we live in now feels like we made the right business decisions to work with Equinix and Telstra that will help us to deliver scale benefits to our members.”

Sanjay Nayak, the Global Connectivity & Platforms Executive at Telstra said: "We are pleased to collaborate with Equinix to provide our long-time customer, Aware Super, with a secure, flexible and on-demand, scalable network.

"The Telstra Programmable Network will help Aware Super further digitise their infrastructure and leverage the cloud to support their growth ambition and their goal to give their employees and members more enhanced digital experiences.”

Guy Danskine, The MD of Equinix Australia said: "Aware Super, as one of Australia’s largest industry funds, prides itself on driving better outcomes for its members, their families and communities.

"To align to that purpose this digital transformation project reflects the organisation’s ambitions to invest in digital capability and infrastructure that both enhances employee and member experience and supports future business growth.”

An Equinix and Aware Super success story video is below:


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