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Macquarie Telecom deploys SD-WAN in Australia

Macquarie Telecom partners with VeloCloud to provide SD-WAN solution for Australian businesses

Macquarie Telecom, an Australian telecommunications company, recently deployed a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service, which provides innovative technologies for intelligent network services, control and visibility.

SD-WAN is a developing architecture that centralizes control of WAN traffic flows across various network paths through application program interfaces (APIs). WAN technologies originated in the 90s and have since taken the telecom industry by storm with the push toward virtualization. According to research by IDC, the software-defined WAN market is projected to see a compound annual growth rate of 69.6% and reach $8.05 billion by 2021.

Macquarie Telecom’s solution combines multi-path and multi-carrier routing services, meaning if one link has performance issues, the packets are automatically routed to another line during the same session. The system redirects traffic flows to the best pathway to ensure low latency. Macquarie Telecom says the majority of comparable solutions either do not provide this degree of agility, or substitute it with a path selection, which attempts to reuse a dropped link before trying another connection.

“It’s like always knowing which lane will get me from A to B the fastest,” said Michael Davies, customer and emerging technologies director at Macquarie Telecom. “If there’s traffic on the road, the SD-WAN can automatically change my lane to that with the least amount of traffic within milliseconds – and I don’t have to do a thing, the system changes the lane for me automatically.”

An essential feature of Macquarie Telecom’s new service is intelligent dynamic packet routing, which carries network functions across a myriad of links encompassing NBN, private links, 4G or microwave links. Moreover, businesses have access to as many as 2,500 applications pervading their networks through an individual screen called the Orchestrator. The company says its SD-WAN is the only solution on the market capable of utilizing multiple carriers.

VeloCloud provides Macquarie Telecom with its SD-WAN technologies, which has partnered with a number of other telecom heavyweights including AT&T, Earthlink, Vonage and Sprint. In 2015, VeloCloud published an Internet Quality Report that found internet links failed 25% of the time to provide a level of application demanded by businesses during working hours. In the same report, VeloCloud’s cloud-delivered SD-WAN was able to achieve quality performance 99% of the time during working hours with the same internet links.

More recently, VeloCloud launched the Security Technology Partner Program, comprised of partners working together to provide security of SD-WAN. Macquarie Telecom’s SD-WAN service has security baked into it with public key infrastructure (PKI) in its low-touch edge box, and abides by relevant security standards. In addition, TMC, an integrated media company, awarded the VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN a 2017 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award in July. Macquarie Telecom reviewed 28 other worldwide providers before choosing to partner with VeloCloud, making it the first telco to offer a true SD-WAN solution in Australia.


Nathan Cranford
Nathan Cranford
Nathan Cranford joined RCR Wireless News as a Technology Writer in 2017. Prior to his current position, he served as a content producer for GateHouse Media, and as a freelance science and tech reporter. His work has been published by a myriad of news outlets, including COEUS Magazine, dailyRx News, The Oklahoma Daily, Texas Writers Journal and VETTA Magazine. Nathan earned a bachelor’s from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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