Stories by Hamish Barwick

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How YHA Australia reduced costs through virtual desktop infrastructure

Not-for-profit hostel accommodation provider YHA has reported financial and IT support savings, following the rollout of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Tony Simonsen to depart Equinix for Avaya MD role

Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen is due to leave the data centre company for a new role as Avaya Australia and New Zealand managing director next month.

OAIC releases privacy impact assessment guide for consultation

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released an updated privacy impact assessment (PIA) guide for public consultation following the Privacy Act changes which came into law today.

Telstra loses case against ACCC, Vocus Communications and iiNet subsidiaries

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has lost its Federal Court case against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and iiNet (ASX: IIN) subsidiaries over an exchange and underground duct access pricing increase dispute.

Some Australian businesses 'unlikely' to be ready for Privacy Act changes: survey

Some Australian IT professionals have admitted that their organisation won’t be prepared for the Privacy Act amendments which come into effect today, according to the results of a new survey.

Cost of a Privacy Act breach could extend to ongoing audits: legal expert

The Privacy Act amendments come into law in Australia tomorrow (12 March), with serious fines of up to $1.7 million for companies and up to $340,000 for individuals who breach the Act.

Telstra breached privacy of over 15k customers: Privacy Commissioner

An investigation by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has concluded that Telstra breached three National Privacy Principles (NPPs) after 15,775 phone numbers, names and home addresses contained in spreadsheets were found online via a Google search in May 2013.

In pictures: Metronode unveils Perth 2 data centre

Nextgen Group subsidiary Metronode officially opened its second Perth data centre, Perth 2, this week. The facility has a 2.8 megawatt capacity and a power utilisation efficiency of 1.17.

Computer retailer Penta Group cops Spam Act warning

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has given a formal warning to Sydney-based computer and electronics retailer Penta Group for sending seven marketing emails that did not comply with the Spam Act.

Queensland Rail invites tenders for ICT delivery services panel

Queensland Rail has released a request for offer (RFO) for the establishment of an ICT delivery services and assurance panel.

How NAB improved customer service using the cloud

National Australia Bank (NAB) has reduced call centre inquiries following the implementation of Oracle Service Cloud in 2012.

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The rise of security-as-a-service in Australia

When you don’t have the funds for a CSO or IT security manager, it can be tough to keep your business protected. This has led to the emergence of the 'other SaaS' — security-as-a-service — with vendors and managed security providers (MSPs) offering cloud-based threat management.

ASX looks to expand Net Global service into two more financial centres

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is considering an expansion of its Net Global service into two overseas financial centres by 2015.

OpenText takes data centre space in Sydney

Enterprise information management software vendor OpenText has begun offering cloud services from the NTT Communications data centre in Sydney.

Qantas 'won’t rule out' changes to IT department as part of restructure

Qantas Airways (ASX: QAN) has announced that 5000 jobs will go over the next three years with 1500 of these to be executives, management and support roles.

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