As part of its managed service offerings, Macquarie Telecom has added Riverbed Steelhad SaaS, a solution from the application performance infrastructure company, Riverbed.
Riverbed claims the solution slashes bandwidth requirements by 97 per cent. Additionally, through combining private WAN and public internet optimisation, the delivery of SaaS applications, including Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce.com, is said to be accelerated 33 times faster.
Macquarie Telecom group executive, Luke Clifton, said Managed WAN Optimisation for SaaS was a critical part of Macquarie’s plan to be at the forefront of the shifting competitive landscape.
“Over the next decade, billions of dollars in costs are going to be stripped out of the costs of networks and huge new efficiencies and flexibility will emerge,” he said.
“Macquarie is moving now to ensure our customers are at the forefront of this change and are first to reap the rewards. The revenue shift from the world of Private IPVPN to Internet services is a threat to traditional telco product companies, so they are conflicted and struggling to make the leap. But Macquarie has always viewed itself as a service business and wants to lead in transforming our customers’ business application strategy,” he added.
Riverbed A/NZ, regional vice president, Ian Raper, said Macquarie Telecom’s offering simplified the complexity of modern hybrid networks and ensured the telco’s customers received the best SaaS performance by locating the fastest path from end users to their SaaS applications.
Clifton claimed the new solution offering will also help CIOs rein in shadow IT, the adoption of applications by business departments with no input from the IT department.
“The solution allows the CIO to get back on the front foot because, until now, the adoption of SaaS has been very much driven by departments like marketing, sales and HR while the IT team has been left behind,” he said.
“Ultimately, the CIO is our customer so by giving them an optimal architecture to adopt SaaS, we’re helping them get some power back to lead the SaaS conversation within their organisations,” he added.