Macquarie Telecom and Macquarie Cloud Services, which is part of Macquarie Telecom Group, have announced the rollout of cloud, NBN connectivity, SD-WAN and Wi-Fi for Fleetwood Limited.
With support from the local Macquarie team, Fleetwood says it has streamlined its business processes, accelerated its IT goals, and achieved a stronger cyber posture as Australia battles a rising number of attacks.
Fleetwood provides a range of innovative spaces and is known for its expertise in offsite manufacturing, modular construction and recreational vehicle (RV) solutions.
The business operates across five states and has financed large projects in the education, government, and infrastructure sectors.
Hayden Slee, Information Technology Infrastructure Manager at Fleetwood, says that the on-premises servers the company relied on to power sites across the country were proving expensive and difficult to manage.
“The design and deployment of our projects depends on reliable IT systems, and the dispersed, on-premises set-ups across Australia were proving inefficient and difficult to maintain,” he says.
“The small size of our IT team meant resources were stretched, impacting project delivery as the business was ramping up.”
Fleetwood says it engaged Macquarie Telecom and Macquarie Cloud Services to migrate to Microsoft Azure, and roll out NBN connectivity, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security information and event management (SIEM) monitoring across its sites, warehouses and factories. SD-WAN and SD-LAN technologies were also deployed to simplify networks and Wi-Fi routers, making them more software-centric.
Slee says that the new set-up has already simplified processes and eased workloads for the team.
“Having everything concentrated in Azure with one service provider has removed complexity. All our teams need is a secure internet connection at each site to take projects to completion,” he says.
“It has also freed up time, effort and expenditure that used be associated with purchasing new servers.”
Slee also highlighted that the service provided by Macquarie’s local team has accelerated IT support that will support business goals for years to come.
“Without access to Macquarie’s resources, skills and expertise, it would have taken years to reach this level of maturity and capitalise on our goals.
“They’ve become an extension of our team, and we have weekly meetings where engineers, project managers and network administrators collaborate and work through issues. This has been great for skills sharing and ensuring nothing slips through the cracks.”
Aaron Tighe, WA State Manager, Macquarie Telecom, says that the company is pleased to be able to help Fleetwood create positive outcomes for communities.
“Fleetwood is making a real difference in the lives of Australians, including those who rely on affordable housing. We’re privileged to play a part in removing roadblocks to their projects, especially as skills shortages are rampant in both technology and construction.”