Macquarie Telecom tops 6,000 SD-WAN sites

Macquarie Telecom tops 6,000 SD-WAN sites

24 November 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Macquarie Telecom, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, confirms that it has deployed its SD-WAN services to 6,000 sites across Australia.

Further to today's announcement, the company says it will invest and hire additional staff in Australia across areas including engineering, customer service and marketing, with the aim to double the number of sites in half the time.

“Our competitors in this space don’t actually want customers using SD-WAN because, frankly, their margins are higher with older MPLS technology,” said Luke Clifton (pictured), group executive at Macquarie Telecom Group.

“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? We’ve calculated our team has poured 7,900 hours into researching, engineering and iterating our solution and the results speak for themselves.”

Macquarie met it 6,000-site milestone thanks to a number of key SD-WAN deals signed with businesses including pharmaceutical financial services specialist Guild Group, not-for-profit supporting people with a disability Civic Disability Services, and business and industrial imaging company Konica Minolta.

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

The company sees particular opportunities to expand its footprint in the retail and aged care sectors, two industries that are rapidly digitising in light of the  shift to online shopping, and the Aged Care Royal Commission spotlighting the greater role technology can play.

“Congratulations to the Macquarie Telecom team on reaching this milestone,” said Brad Anderson, vice president and managing director for VMware in Australia and New Zealand.

“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.”

Macquarie’s SD-WAN is powered by VMware-owned VeloCloud technology.