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Over the Wire ranks 27 in the SmartCompany Smart50 Awards

Over the Wire ranks 27 in the SmartCompany Smart50 Awards The awards season keeps on giving for Over the Wire, who were ranked 27 last night in the 2018 SmartCompany Smart50 awards. The 2018 Smart50 Awards showcase Australia’s fastest growing small to medium sized businesses from 2017-2018.


Managing Director Michael Omeros said, “Being recognised in the Smart 50 wraps up a very successful awards season for Over the Wire after having been recently recognised in the Financial Review Fast 100, Deloitte Tech Fast 50, CRN Fast 50 and the Forbes Asia 200 Best under a Billion. I am very proud of our achievements and these awards are a reflection of our amazing and dedicated staff, as well as our customers who continue to support us.”


OTW Wins Awards in CRN and Deloitte Ceremonies

Over the Wire wins Deloitte and CRN awards Over the Wire are the proud recipients of awards from both CRN and Deloitte ceremonies last night. Ranking in at 36 in the CRN Fast 50 2018 and 40 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2018, both up several ranks from last year. However, it was ranking 7 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Leadership Awards that really stole the show for Over the Wire.


These awards recognise Australian IT and technology companies that are achieving remarkable growth. Over the Wire are honoured to be ranked again and higher from previous years, recognising the success of our hard work.


This has been a successful awards season for Over the Wire, also ranking in the 2018 AFR Financial Review Fast 100 list and Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under a Billion 2018.


OTW #69 in Financial Review Fast 100 - 2018

Financial Review Fast 100 - Over the Wire ranked 69 The Australian Financial Review has released the Financial Review Fast 100 list for 2018, comprising of Australian businesses that have shown consistent, high growth over time. The rankings were calculated on a 3-year average of year-on-year growth percentage.

In the FY16 - FY18 period Over the Wire achieved an average year-on-year growth of 49.2%, which placed us at Rank 69 on the Fast 100 list. This is the second year in a row that Over the Wire has made the list published by AFR, ranking 74th in 2017.

Thank you for the fantastic, ongoing support from our clients and the amazing commitment from our team; we could not have achieved this result without you.


OTW wins Deloitte and CRN awards

Over the Wire wins Deloitte and CRN awards In a gala event last night, Over the Wire was recognised on the CRN Fast50 list. Joining a host of other fast-moving IT firms being honoured at the gala dinner, Over the Wire placed 40th. Congratulations to all the companies on this list, and particular mention to RIoT Solutions for taking out the top spot.


Managing Director Michael Omeros said, "These awards are recognition of the hard work and dedication from our staff, as well as our customers who continue to support us over the years. As a company with one of the highest revenues on the list, I am very proud of our achievements as the challenge of qualifying for these awards based on percentage growth increases substantially."


This is the second award for Over the Wire in as many days, being recognised by Deloitte in their Tech Fast 50 list. These awards add to a busy month of November for the company, which also included the acquisition of VPN Solutions, re-branding as Mo-ver the Wire in support of the Movember Foundation, as well as also being recognised by the Australian Financial Review in their Fast 100 awards.


OTW #74 in Financial Review Fast 100 - 2017

Financial Review Fast 100 - Over the Wire ranked 74 The Australian Financial Review has released the Financial Review Fast 100 list for 2017, comprising of Australian businesses that have shown consistent, high growth over time. The rankings were calculated on a 3-year average of year-on-year growth percentage.

In the FY15 - FY17 period Over the Wire achieved an average year-on-year growth of 37.1%, which placed us at Rank 74 on the Fast 100 list. We’re very pleased with this outcome, and could not have achieved it without the amazing commitment from our team and the fantastic ongoing support from our clients - thank you!

Topping the list this year, with a staggering 464.8% average year-on-year growth over the 3-year period, is TripADeal. Congratulations to founders Norm Black and Richard Johnston, along with all of the other Fast 100 companies.


Data Networks Case Study

Metro Express uses Over the Wire for Data NetworksThousands of businesses across the Asia Pacific region rely on Metro Express for their logistical operations. In 2011, the company’s Rocklea based head office was flooded, causing major disruptions to their Australian network.

Upgrades to their IT infrastructure by Over the Wire have ensured that they remained operational during a similar crisis in 2013.

“In 2011, I would say that we were completely unprepared” commented Metro Express’ Group IT Manager Richard Wainstein.  “Servers went under water and backups weren’t working properly; offices were unable to share data, and we were forced to operate off mobile phones for the duration of the flood. Our servers were located in our office, running through a single exchange server, so when Rocklea went offline, the rest of the country followed suit.”

Over the Wire began collaborating with Metro Express on a solution in late 2011, to ensure that this problem wouldn’t occur again.

It was recommended that Metro Express colocate their critical infrastructure in Over the Wire’s Spring Hill data centre where the risk of downtime was minimal. In addition they were advised to reconfigure their Wide Area Network (WAN). “The WAN reconfiguration was critical to the process as it needed to be used as the backbone of Metro Express' infrastructure” said Over the Wire Account Manager, Chris Jacko. "This way, in the event of a failure at one office the others could continue working unaffected on their colocated infrastructure.”

Metro Express also opted to take up IP Voice services and a Hosted PBX from Over the Wire to save on their call costs. An added advantage of this was that it enabled Metro Express to redirect where inbound calls were being answered - phone numbers were no longer tied to specific sites, which enabled business to carry on as usual during the crisis.

“We began by migrating our server infrastructure to the data center.  To make sure we didn’t disrupt our offices in Australia and Singapore, we had to schedule the cutovers for after 8pm. Over the Wire supplied us with an after-hours tech and kept rack space on reserve so the job was done in a short space of time” Wainstein recalled. “Once we realised just how well it worked we began upgrading and now we have all of our infrastructure in the DC”.

“We’ve been collaborating with Over the Wire closely throughout the migration process and we have been very impressed with the expertise of their staff. They’re not just advising us from a technical standpoint, but from a security point of view, from a point of view that considered the long term welfare of Metro Express.”

When it was announced in early 2013 that Rocklea was looking at a flood of a similar magnitude to that of 2011 Metro Express was prepared. “We evacuated our office and operated out of several remote locations via VPNs. But because all of our servers were located safely in the data centre, Over the Wire was able to connect our IP phones directly to SIP trunks, have our calls rerouted to our new locations, and we were able to continue working with virtually no disruption.”

“We put a plan together in the space of two days and on the first business day back we were operational. Over the Wire technicians were there to help us set up when we needed them and the quality of service we received was sensitive to the fact that we were in a difficult situation. There was no discussion about the scope of what was and wasn’t covered, the issues just got resolved.”

This meant that employees could access all their systems and emails as per normal. The only change for Metro Express was that the Brisbane office was in a different location. “Because of the speed of Over the Wire’s links we were able to avoid disruptions to our customers by sharing the load amongst our other offices”. Wainstein recounted. Data traffic to other sites was controlled by Quality of Service (QoS) on the links.

By continuing operations Metro Express was able to keep cash flow moving, pay their employees, and avoid disruptions to their customers. “The two days operating remotely paid its dividends” Wainstein stated. “It was a huge change from last time. There was virtually no downtime in terms of working hours to the business. We did have an issue when we started in our remote site – this was at six or seven in the morning – we called Over the Wire and spoke to someone who was alert, ready to help, and able to help. Within five minutes flat they had solved the problem.”

Metro Express Transport Group is a privately owned company with over 20 years of experience in the transport sector. With operations spanning Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore Metro Express is able to deliver internationally, and by incorporating a wide range of technologies, give their customers the ability to monitor the status of their deliveries in real time with an online Proof of Delivery reporting system.

Brisbane Colocation Space Expanded With Tier III Data Centre

Brisbane Data Centre - Over the WireBrisbane-based telecommunications vendor Over the Wire has acquired a Tier III data centre in the city’s Fortitude Valley area to complement its existing Brisbane facility.

The acquisition expands Over the Wire's Brisbane colocation capacity by 120 racks. Melbourne IT’s Web and application hosting division WebCentral has signed a contract to be an anchor tenant in the new facility.

Over the Wire director Michael Omeros said that the data centre is undergoing a refurbishment process to install new racks, power systems and additional cooling.

In addition, the data centre will house the telco’s secondary network point of presence (PoP) once the refurbishment is complete.

“It is anticipated that the facility will be connected via diverse fibre to the company’s Brisbane metropolitan core network before the end of January 2013,” he said in a statement.

Over the Wire director David Tisdall added that the data centre refurbishment should be completed by February 2013.

"The facility is 466 square metres and previously had a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 2.5. We’re looking at a substantial improvement on that power efficiency rating once we’ve got all the new equipment installed in the coming weeks," he said.

Businesses interested in aquiring some rack space can find out about pricing options on the data centre colocation product page.

Brisbane Colocation Space - Over the Wire

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