Tuesday, 30 November 2021 12:34

Macquarie Telecom leverages SD-WAN to expand its footprint


Macquarie Telecom deploys its SD-WAN services to 6,000 sites across Australia.

To implement this, the company will invest and hire additional staff aiming to double the number of sites in half the time.

Macquarie Group executive Luke Clifton believes the company’s early recognition of technology and willingness to go all in has been crucial to its success.

“Our competitors in this space don’t actually want customers using SD-WAN because, frankly, their margins are higher with older MPLS technology,” says Clifton.

“We never subscribed to that, and what we saw coming has now been proven. Cloud computing has asserted its dominance over enterprise applications: why would networks be any different? Our team has poured 7,900 hours into researching, engineering and iterating our solution and the results speak for themselves.”

According to Macquarie Telecom, SD-WAN – software-defined wide area networking – decouples network management from its underlying physical infrastructure. This allows enterprises to connect users to applications, enables better visibility and control over apps’ impact on bandwidth and can provide automatic and instant switching between, for example, an nbn line and a 4G backup to prevent downtime.

Macquarie flew past the 6,000-site milestone with a number of key SD-WAN deals signed pharmaceutical financial services specialist Guild Group, not-for-profit Civic Disability Services, and business and industrial imaging company Konica Minolta.

The next 6,000
With Australia’s SD-WAN market tipped to expand by nearly 30% annually by 2024, as “SD-WAN technology becomes the primary means of connectivity within an enterprise,” Macquarie believes security will be a defining factor in its continued expansion.

“The increase of bring your own device (BYOD) and work-from-home or anywhere have expanded the attack surface when security is already top of mind for mid-sized companies, CIOs, and IT managers,” adds Clifton.

“Our architecture is flexible and can match with any security provider’s environment. Combined with our sovereign, secure cloud services, the fact that we’re among a select number of certified providers for the highest level of government data, and our NPS-proven customer service, which remains unmatched in the market, we’re in a great position to take SD-WAN to the next level,” claims Clifton.

The company sees expansion in the retail and aged care sectors.

“As customers move to the cloud and modernise their applications, they need technologies to simplify their IT. SD-WAN takes the complexity out of managing the network while enabling all employees to have fast, easy access to the tools they need, from anywhere. We look forward to working with Macquarie Telecom as the team heads towards the next 6,000,” concludes VMware vice president and managing director ANZ Brad Anderson.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 24 November 2021.

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