Macquarie Telecom, Microsoft ink VMware SD-WAN deal

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Macquarie Telecom has sealed an agreement to deliver VMware software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) by VeloCloud services through the Microsoft Azure marketplace.

The arrangement sees Macquarie become one of the first managed service providers (MSP) in the world to deliver VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud through Microsoft’s new Azure Lighthouse capability. The agreement should give partners enhanced automation and visibility across customers’ Azure environments.

“SD-WAN has had a hugely positive impact on Australian organisations’ networks, creating demand for this technology to be applied to the cloud,” said Michael Davies, head of revenue at Macquarie.

“This takes the ‘plumbing’ out of IT teams’ roles and enables them to work where they’re needed – driving innovation to stay competitive.”

The announcement comes as more than 80% of Australian enterprises have or plan to deploy SD-WAN in the next two years. To see how Australia’s adoption of SD-WAN compares to other regions globally >>> CLICK HERE

Macquarie says the agreement is a huge milestone and validation point of its technology. Its SD-WAN solution has led to the company becoming a leading VMware partner in Asia-Pacific, with the solution used in almost 4,000 sites across Australia by Macquarie Telecom corporate customers.

“We defined the Australian SD-WAN market by taking the complexity out of organisations’ increasingly-complex operating environments, and this agreement represents a huge milestone and validation of our technology,” said Luke Clifton, Group executive at Macquarie Telecom.

“Combined with our industry-leading customer service and existing partnerships across the Macquarie Telecom Group, we now have an unmatched telco, cloud and network solution to resolve the challenges Australian businesses face at every touch point.”

The new agreement will enable organisations with Azure public cloud environments to gain the benefits of SD-WAN via an enhanced Azure-enabled managed services capability, including full visibility and control over up to 3,600 apps, the ability to prioritise or deprioritise apps in real time to optimise bandwidth and infrastructure, carrier neutrality and link remediation, which optimises networks to provide high speed and low latency.

“Microsoft Australia continues to drive partner business acceleration through our commercial marketplaces,” added Brett Shoemaker, business group leader of Azure, Microsoft Australia.

“Our partners are delivering more innovation, expanding their business through more co-selling opportunities, and leveraging distribution options through our platforms. We look forward to the new agreement with Macquarie Telecom to deliver VeloCloud SD-WAN service to our customers in Australia through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.”

VMware’s Sasha Emmerling, senior director of marketing of the VeloCloud business unit, said: “Macquarie Telecom is a valued VMware partner and a leader in SD-WAN deployments. We expect that Macquarie will continue to empower Australian organizations of all sizes with the technologies that enable and simplify digital transformation.”

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