The new agreement sees Macquarie become one of the first managed service providers (MSP) in the world to deliver VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud (software-defined wide-area networking) through Microsoft’s new Azure Lighthouse capability.
Macquarie says the agreement gives partners increased 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.
The announcement comes as more than 80% of Australian enterprises have or plan to deploy SD-WAN in the next two years.
According to Macquarie its “market-leading” 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.
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.
According to Macquarie, the expansive use of VoIP and video conferencing technology has also led to increased demand for SD-WAN, as companies look to shore up their networks to maintain voice and video calls.
“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.”
“Microsoft Australia continues to drive partner business acceleration through our commercial marketplaces,” said Brett Shoemaker, Business Group Leader 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.”
“Macquarie Telecom is a valued VMware partner and a leader in SD-WAN deployments,” said Sasha Emmerling, senior director of marketing, VeloCloud business unit, VMware.
“We expect that Macquarie will continue to empower Australian organizations of all sizes with the technologies that enable and simplify digital transformation.”
The announcement follows major partnerships signed by Macquarie Telecom over the past year, including with NBN Co and Apple.