Macquarie Telecom deploys SD-WAN to 6,000 sites in Australia

Macquarie Telecom has deployed its SD-WAN services to 6,000 sites across Australia after pioneering the technology in Australia less than four years ago.
SD-WAN market growthMacquarie Telecom will invest and hire additional staff in Australia across areas including engineering, customer service and marketing, aiming 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,” Macquarie Group Executive Luke Clifton said in a statement.

SD-WAN – software-defined wide area networking – decouples network management from its physical infrastructure. This allows enterprises to securely 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 ensure users don’t experience downtime.

Macquarie has achieved the 6,000-site milestone with SD-WAN deals 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.

Australia’s SD-WAN market is tipped to expand by nearly 30 percent annually to 2024.

“The increase of BYOD 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,” Clifton said.

“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,” said Brad Anderson, Vice President and Managing Director for VMware in A/NZ.

Macquarie’s SD-WAN is powered by VMware-owned VeloCloud technology, with the Australian telco recognised with the APJ Partner Innovation Award for SD-WAN at the VMware Partner Awards. The 6,000-site milestone follows the recent launch of Macquarie’s complementary SD-LAN services, which apply a similar decoupling of software and hardware in Wi-Fi networks.