Oreta expansion continues with new Sydney office

Oreta expansion continues with new Sydney office

Oreta has opened up a new office in Sydney, as the technology provider continues to expand across the country.

Located on 135 King Street, Oreta head of delivery Andrew Jones will take charge of operations, with plans in place to build on the five staff currently housed in New South Wales (NSW).

“Having incubated our business in Melbourne and in such a short period of time created exceptional outcomes for customers in Victoria and South Australia, the logical progression was to replicate the model in the Sydney/NSW market,” Oreta co-founder and director Rajitha Rajasingham told ARN.

“Adding to that, with the encouragement and support from our partner community it was hard to resist the magnetic pull of Sydney.

“Our recent wins in the NSW market provides confirmation that we have made the right decision in expanding our presence in NSW.”

Headquartered in Melbourne, Oreta specialises in cloud, back-up and disaster recovery, security and networking, with expertise across app integration, DevOps and managed services.

Leveraging key vendor partnerships with Telstra, Google Cloud, NetApp, Cisco, Veeam and Palo Alto Networks, the business operates across manufacturing, retail, government, health, logistics and financial services sectors.

Specifically, customers include Victoria State Government, Toyota and Rip Curl, alongside Swisse, Drakes Supermarkets and Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

“Oreta’s sweet spot is in the mid-market and enterprise space, we will be aggressively targeting these customers as well as global customers with who have their Australian offices in Sydney,” Rajasingham added.

Google gunning for Aussie channel as Oreta signs up

Google gunning for Aussie channel as Oreta signs up

In firing warning shots at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the tech giant is acting on local market momentum following the launch of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Australia only two months ago.

With the ink barely dry, ARN can reveal that Oreta has joined the new-look network in two forms, as a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partner and also a reseller.

“Google launching a cloud platform in your country is not an everyday occurrence and we wanted to take full advantage,” Oreta managing director Sachin Verma told ARN. “We plan to consume Google’s ecosystem in a focused way, we want to be infrastructure specialists and we want to be known for it.

“We have a razor-sharp focus around how best to utilise the benefits of the platform and will be standing up our workforce to boost our capabilities.”

As reported by ARN, Google officially touched down in a cloud capacity on 21 June, with Sydney becoming part of the nine regions, 27 zones and 100 points of presence comprising the global GCP footprint.

With the green light now flashing, partners and end-users across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) now have access to a range of locally-sourced GCP services, as the vendor bolsters its cloud footprint throughout the region.

Go Girl, Go for IT

Go Girl, Go for IT

Rajitha Rajasingham shares her experiences, career journey and why she loves working in IT in a video leading up to the Go Girl, Go for IT event. The event is a career showcase run by the Victorian ICT for Women network to inspire female students with fantastic role model speakers, showcasing technology of the future and challenging their preconceptions of a career in IT. The event is being held at Deakin University, Burwood Campus on Tuesday, 16th August 2016.

Q&A – Managed Services; Thriving in Today’s World

Q&A – Managed Services; Thriving in Today’s World

We are operating in an environment that we have never known before. Business models that were proven to be successful in the past are now being challenged. Organisations need to innovate and disrupt themselves to survive, let alone stay relevant.

Oreta’s Director of Operations, Rajitha Rajasingham, shares her insights on managed services in today’s world:

  • Why organisations need managed services now more than ever? 
  • What are the pitfalls of a managed services relationship?
  • What to look for in a managed services provider?

Question 1 – Why organisations need managed services now more than ever? 

Historically organisations that have leveraged managed services have typically benefitted from expertise, scalability and optimised operations. In today’s world managed services isn’t just a good business model it is a necessity. Organisations are operating in an environment that they have never known before. In the wake of COVID-19, the growing challenges to business resilience such as unpredictable revenue, operational changes and cashflow pressures will force organisations to innovate and disrupt themselves to not only stay relevant but to survive. In addition, a massive shift to mass remote working has led to an increase in security vulnerabilities. This means organisations will need to focus all their resources on differentiating their business leaving IT security and operations to the experts.

Be rewarded. Choose Oreta as your MSP

Question 2 – What are the pitfalls of a managed services relationship?

It is vital that organisations have a robust governance framework in place to ensure that they and the MSP benefit from the relationship. Both parties must have a shared understanding of the organisation’s strategy and vision and work together to achieve successful results. If both parties do not clearly outline their expectations and responsibilities from conception, it could potentially lead to the misalignment of objectives, lack of control, and inflexibility in scope.

Question 3 – What to look for in a managed services provider?

When looking for a managed services provider it is important to understand the value the MSP will bring to the table.

Do they understand your organisation’s strategic direction, and do they have the capability to support it? Is security and automation bolted on as an afterthought or built into their processes to support scalability, growth, resilience and optimised operations.?

Do they have the governance and controls in place to execute operations in a disciplined manner yet with continuous improvement in mind? Do they provide the required business intelligence?

And finally, they may tick the box on their technical capability, but are their values aligned to your organisation’s? Can they work with your team and your systems and be the partner that you need and want?

Be rewarded. Choose Oreta as your MSP

About Rajitha Rajasingham, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Oreta

Rajitha Rajasingham is the co-founder and Director of Operations at Oreta. Rajitha’s determination to start up Oreta 5 years ago was influenced by her passion to create a conduit for small to medium enterprises to compete on the big stage through the power of cloud computing. Her career spans over 25+ years in the IT industry, including 13 years at Accenture where she worked with fortune 500 companies across the globe to transform their business to be more effective, efficient and relevant to their customers.

About Oreta

Oreta excels in providing Managed Services to its valued clients. Our clients have the confidence that they can focus on their core business, knowing they have the best IT services at hand. We bridge the gap in your organisation’s IT skill, process, and tooling. We automate to drive scalability, we adopt a bimodal approach of maintenance and innovation, and adopt a security first approach. Our experienced team of technical engineers are available to support you and your team in providing a broad range of Managed Services in cloud, network and security.

Be rewarded. Choose Oreta as your MSP

Getting sassy with SASE?

Getting sassy with SASE?

SASE – It’s revolutionising network and security architecture. It’s shaking up how we connect. But what exactly is all the talk about? What does it mean for your organisation? Is your organisation sassy enough to conquer a SASE makeover?

Focus Points

  • The future of our network and security infrastructures being cloud-centric is imminent.
  • SASE has several advantages over traditional architectures, not the least of which include greater scalability and flexibility for your organisation
  • Now is the perfect time to assess where on the SASE journey your organisation is at and what this means for your existing networking infrastructure.

What’s sassy about SASE?

Disruptive and transformational are just a few words that come to mind. Gartner defines SASE – pronounced “sassy” and shortened for ‘Secure Access Service Edge’ – as ‘an emerging cybersecurity concept combining comprehensive WAN capabilities with comprehensive network security functions…to support the dynamic secure access needs of digital enterprises’.

Unlike the legacy WAN, SASE shifts the focus from a network where each branch connects to a central office to access data and security services to the concept where an entity (e.g. user, group of people (branch), a single device, IoT system or edge computing location) is connected directly from the edge to cloud-based services bypassing the need for a centralised WAN.

SASE has several advantages over traditional architectures, not the least of which include greater scalability and flexibility for your organisation, potentially reduced network costs, and better performance for the end-user. SASE done right will open the door to enhanced security features, moving the management of your security to a cloud access security broker (CASB) whilst:

  • protecting your users, regardless of where the device or user is located, from threats through secure web gateways (SWG) and remote browser isolation,
  • securing your applications and data through zero-trust network access (ZTNA), firewall as a service (FWaaS) and protecting your web API’s (WAAPaaS).

Why is it the trend?

The era of centralised network and security architectures is fading. Today’s enterprises are hyper-distributed. More and more businesses are moving to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud-based services and edge compute platforms, where there is an increased reliance on SDWAN connectivity, and remote user access is the new normal. As a result, the traditional reliance on enterprise data centres for routing and security is becoming obsolete.

We are at the forefront of a new transformation. We are shifting from relying on location as the core of networking and security to the end-user. With 2020 being a tumultuous year, with a massive exodus of users working from home, the need for such change has never been so evident. Whilst 81% of the population is now working from home, Gartner has predicted post-COVID that 41% of employees will remain working from home. The question is – is your security prepared for this – are you getting sassy with SASE?

The future of our network and security infrastructures being cloud-centric is imminent. Users need to have more confidence in a consistent and secure experience everywhere, anywhere.

If you are ready to get sassy with SASE, now is the perfect time to assess where on the SASE journey your organisation is at and what this means for your existing networking infrastructure.

Are you the sassy-type?

Ask yourself – Are you ready to revolutionise your network? Are you willing to embrace disruption to stay relevant? If so, you are ready to get sassy with SASE.

Enterprises of all sizes are discovering their reasons for needing to transform to SASE, including;

  • Corporate services are changing to cloud-based providers
  • The move from centralised MPLS networks to the Internet at the edge
  • More user traffic from branches directed to public clouds, detouring the data centre
  • The need to protect remote users as they perform work outside of the enterprise network and on their own devices
  • Consolidating network and security
  • Optimising cloud-based applications that are being accessed from the edge

If you tick any of the boxes above your organisation is also ready to embrace the change.

Get your SASE-on?

Adopting SASE should be part of your organisation’s IT journey. It is not something that has to be deployed all in one go. The goal is to ensure that you integrate it seamlessly, and you provide an optimal experience for the user.

The first step should be to identify the journey and the different phases within. Determine what is already in place and are already performing well, and what needs transforming.

Once you have done this, you will need to consider how to;

  • Position the adoption of SASE as a digital business enabler to ensure speed and agility.
  • Change focus from managing security boxes to delivering policy-based security services.
  • Engage with network architects to discover your SASE capabilities. Use SD-WAN, and MPLS offload projects to evaluate integrated network security services.
  • Identify ways to reduce the complexity on your network security

To help your organisation map out its journey to SASE contact Oreta today.