Merchants and consumers quite rightly demand that an online payment system be hosted in the most secure environment and keep pace with the latest trends in payment preferences and e-commerce transactions
Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) April 23, 2009
Macquarie Hosting, a division of Macquarie Telecom, today announced it has signed a three year, half million dollar deal with one of Australia's leading electronic payment gateway providers eWAY.
Under the deal, Macquarie Hosting will host eWAY's online payment system, mission critical transaction applications and encrypted customer data. All applications will be hosted on a mix of dedicated Sun Microsystems and HP servers with high-availability firewalls, dual-redundant server load balancing and secure, high-throughput Internet connectivity.
eWAY partners with Australia's major banks including the Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Westpac, National Australia Bank (NAB) and St George. eWAY also has connections to Barclays in the United Kingdom and ANZ in New Zealand, highlighting the growth in international business for eWAY.
The company has won more than five awards in the past 18 months including the ACT Business of the Year Award, the MYOB Small Business of the Year Award and the CeBIT Platinum Award for Export Excellence and Excellence in Technology Services.
The Macquarie Hosting solution will support further expansion of the eWAY business both locally and globally as it capitalises on increased consumer confidence in e-commerce transactions and online spending.
eWAY's customer base has grown significantly in the past ten years, with growth of more than 65 per cent in the last year alone. eWAY is the only payment gateway provider in Australia with direct wholesale agreements with American Express and
CBA. These agreements recognise eWAY's adherence to the highest levels of data capture and security standards.
eWAY offers a range of methods to link merchant sites to the payment gateway, including integration with more than 100 shopping carts and billing systems, making scalability paramount to enable simple, high speed integration with the customer's online business.
The high-availability, fully managed dedicated server solution from Macquarie Hosting will enable eWAY to confidently meet the security standards required of it and manage peaks in traffic to the site as demand for its services grows, both domestically and internationally.
"Merchants and consumers quite rightly demand that an online payment system be hosted in the most secure environment and keep pace with the latest trends in payment preferences and e-commerce transactions," said Matt Bullock, CEO and founder of eWAY.
"Customer expectations around ease of use, guaranteed security and one hundred per cent availability of applications continue to rise, increasing pressure on the provision of online payment services. In turn, we are looking to partner with professionals like Macquarie Hosting to meet these standards and expectations without being distracted from our primary focus - growing the business," Bullock said.
Following a comprehensive assessment of hosting providers, eWAY selected Macquarie Hosting for its proven experience with transactional web-facing companies and its ability to provide 24/7, secure availability of mission critical applications.
The eWAY payment gateway will be hosted in Macquarie Hosting's ISO and DSD Gateway certified data centre, the Intellicentre. While eWAY's payment gateway does not require a DSD-certified solution, it will be hosted within the same facility as sites for Federal and State government, national security agencies and major blue-chip businesses.
Macquarie Hosting is the first telecommunications carrier and hosting provider to be certified to International Security Management Standard, ISO 27001 which provides a level of assurance that hosted databases, networks and operating systems meet global best-practice standards, for PCI Compliance, risk assessment, policy, training, audits, controls, information and communication.
"Macquarie Hosting is now a key business partner for eWAY" Matt Bullock says. "eWAY and Macquarie Hosting have a natural synergy as we both support critical online transactional business, so the Macquarie Hosting focus on this market segment is a real asset for us as we grow our business".
Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director, Hosting for Macquarie Telecom said, "For high-transaction websites such as eWAY that deal with confidential customer information and tens of thousands of requests daily, security and uptime is critical."
"By hosting with a local provider such as Macquarie Hosting, eWAY can be confident that all our solutions - from security through to network access - meet best-practice requirements for both local and international organisations."
About Macquarie Hosting
Macquarie Hosting is the Australian leader in providing mission critical application hosting for business.
It is responsible for managing and delivering the guaranteed service levels, scalable, 'always-on' and secure solutions that online, digital media and high-availability transaction-based companies need to meet demand for their services.
Macquarie Hosting's purpose is to help its customers focus on growing their business, instead of focusing on the day-to-day operations of their IT infrastructure.
Macquarie Hosting's managed services are delivered through its managed hosting and security facility, the Intellicentre.
The Intellicentre is the most highly certified data centre in Australia. Certifications include ISO 27001, ASIO T4 and DSD Gateway. This helps organisations confidently address security concerns associated with corporate governance, privacy regulations and audit requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
Macquarie Hosting delivers these 'always-on', secure managed services by:
- Supporting customers with named dedicated account teams delivering personal and accountable service
- Delivering premium online management tools offering real-time information and transparency into all hosting solutions
- Drawing on its extensive team of experienced engineers, with a wide and deep range of skills
- Leveraging its scale and business model to deliver all managed services at a lower TCO for customers
- Remaining professional, flexible and innovative at all times
- Becoming a part of the customer's IT Support Team, not simply a supplier
Macquarie Hosting currently manages critical applications for companies including PBL Media, News Limited, Showbiz.com.au, WebJet and one of the world's fastest growing social networking sites Habbo Hotel.