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Opal Group taps Macquarie Telecom for cloud transition

The renewable packaging company has acquired the services of the telecommunications firm for an urgent cloud transition.

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Tue, 07 Sep 2021
Opal Group taps Macquarie Telecom for cloud transition
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Macquarie Telecom, which recently secured Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status, has completed an urgent cloud transition of packaging company Opal Group’s stored data after previous provider Fujitsu withdrew its services.

Opal had been informed that part of its business suffered from major outage issues with its data centre provider, and identified a substandard storage area network (SAN) and disaster recovery (DR) posture.

“We essentially had three months to tender, prepare and contract, and three months to transition over the Christmas period,” Phil Boon, chief information officer at Opal Group, said.

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“This was petabytes of data, 85 virtual machines, and it was all tied to our most critical workloads including SAP financial systems and operational applications.

“We reviewed options from a range of providers tied to each major cloud player, and the Macquarie and Azure combination stood out.”

Manufacturing technology partner Realtek helped manage SAP applications to transition services and workloads into Macquarie’s cloud environment — stored within its sovereign Data Centre Campus.

Opal is now exploring options to leverage Macquarie and Azure’s ecosystem to increase its focus on improving business processes.

“The Macquarie and Microsoft partnership was already a huge drawcard,” Boon added.

“Now it’s like we’ve got a direct line to Azure, to the very coders putting together the next generation of services.

“It’s clear this is going to have a hugely positive impact on our business as we continue to grow.”

Luke Clifton, group executive at Macquarie Telecom, noted the benefits of the company’s accreditation with Microsoft, which required a four-month effort of more than 1,000 hours from 40 members of Macquarie’s team across its cloud services, telecom, data centres and government divisions.

“This is about trust, collaboration, and giving great service to companies left out in the cold by providers more interested in underservicing and overcharging,” Clifton said.

“We are trusted by companies like Microsoft and great customers across Australia because we subscribe to the very opposite.”

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