Stories by Rohan Pearce


MediaHub prepares for 10 petabyte future

Although Hadoop is perhaps best known for underpinning big data-based analytics projects, Sydney-based MediaHub is using the open source project's distributed storage capabilities to deliver resilience and scalability for a mammoth — and growing — archive of broadcast video.

Data retention: Two years too long to keep IP addresses, says Vodafone

Telecommunications providers shouldn't be forced to retain the IP addresses assigned to their customers for 24 months, Vodafone has argued.

Data retention: Journalists decry 'Stasi‐like surveillance state'

The union representing journalists and a group of 12 news organisations have expressed alarm at elements of the government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme, with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) recommending that the bill be ditched altogether.

Telstra no better off under HFC transition plan, government says

The government has rejected claims that Telstra could unfairly benefit from NBN Co construction work on the telco's HFC network.

Government gets startup fever with 'Digital Transformation Office'

A new group within the Department of Communications will be tasked with developing and co-ordinating digitally delivered government services. One of the first tasks of the 'Digital Transformation Office' will be establishing a single sign-on for accessing government services.

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

Ditch data retention bill, lawyers argue

The federal government's mandatory data retention bill should be dumped, according to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

ACS pushes for digital focus in Queensland election

The Queensland branch of the Australian Computer Society has called for the creation of a digital economy ministry and a digital ministerial advisory council in the state.

Silverlight exploits up, Java down, Cisco reports

Attempts to exploit Silverlight soared massively in late 2014 according to research from Cisco. However, the use of Silverlight in absolute terms is still low compared to the use of Java and Flash as an attack vector.

Cloud communications growing rapidly in Australian enterprises

Existing enterprise PBX systems reaching their end of life, the potential for CIOs to cut costs, increased vendor offerings and the consumerisation of IT are all pushing growth of cloud communications services in Australian enterprises.

Telstra launches video delivery network

Telstra this morning announced the launch of a new video delivery platform.

Microsoft researchers use light beams to charge smartphones

Smartphones are amazing but their battery life is frequently absurd. It's not uncommon for people to charge their smartphones once, twice or even more in the course of a single day.

Australian public cloud market to hit $4.2 billion in 2015: Gartner

The public cloud services market in Australia will hit $4.15 billion this year, Gartner has forecast.

NBN Co begins rollout of fibre-to-the-basement services

Forty-three apartment blocks in in the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria will be the first to receive NBN Co's fibre-to-the-basement services.

Telstra delivers 100Gbps on submarine cables

Telstra this morning announced it had launched 100G Wavelength connectivity across submarine cables, covering Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and the US.