Stories by Hamish Barwick


Avoiding the data centre property trap

So you’ve found a great data centre run by a provider who seems to tick all the boxes. But before signing on the dotted line and taking space, there are several property and legal traps which need to be examined first.

APCA offers fraud prevention education program to SMB merchants

Payments industry regulator, the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), has launched an online security awareness program designed to help small to medium merchants prevent credit card fraud.

In pictures: Symantec unveils Sydney security operations centre

Symantec opened the doors of its newly expanded security operations centre to media and analysts in North Sydney this week. The A$1 million office expansion was needed to support the growth of its managed security services (MSS) group who monitor and respond to online threats.

NAB rolls out Oracle banking platform

National Australia Bank (NAB) has implemented a new banking software platform designed to improve customer service delivery.

Data breach liability should lie with companies: Survey

The call for mandatory data breach notifications and potential legal proceedings against enterprises who fail to protect customer data has become a little louder in Australia, according to the findings of a new survey.

Public cloud services spending climbs to $2.4b: Gartner

Australia has emerged as a public cloud investment leader with spending predicted to hit $2.4 billion by the end of 2012, according to new Gartner research.

Microsoft outlines Office 365 enhancements

Online sharing functions in Microsoft’s Office 365 software suite have been upgraded to work with non-Internet Explorer (IE) browsers including Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

Nimble Storage eyes A/NZ market

Ongoing demand for storage offerings in Australia and New Zealand has attracted the attention of Silicon Valley-head quartered vendor, Nimble Storage.

Data sovereignty still misunderstood in Australia: Microsoft

Legislation such as the Australian Privacy Act and US Patriot Act doesn’t have to be a deterrent to hosting data in a public or private cloud if IT executives do their homework first, according to a technical expert.

Deploying Windows Server 2012

Rolling out a new server OS such as Windows Server 2012 doesn’t have to be a struggle for the IT department. Two of Microsoft's Australian customers talk about their deployment and future technology projects.

Windows 8 apps feature at App Fest 2012

Volunteering for natural disasters, finding cheaper petrol and helping children with diabetes might become easier in the future for Windows 8 device users if the inaugural App Fest 2012 winners have their apps published.

Tech Ed 2012: Office 2013 to integrate with non-IE browsers

Microsoft has announced that the 2013 version of its Office software will work “seamlessly” with Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE) as the vendor strives to retain its global Office user base of 1 billion.

In pictures: Tech Ed 2012 Hyped party

Tech Ed 2012 culminated with the annual Hyped party on Thursday night. Delegates had a choice of sports, comedy, gaming or laser tag to keep them entertained. Photos supplied by Microsoft.

Tech Ed 2012: EB Games reaches high scores with data mining

In order to plan its sales forecasts, EB Games Australia and New Zealand has built a SQL Server data warehouse to analyse the data it has been collecting through its loyalty program.

In pictures: Tech Ed 2012 day three

Day three of Tech Ed 2012 kicked off with a media launch of Visual Studio 2012 followed by lunch time rides in a helicopter for some lucky delegates. Tech Ed continues until Friday afternoon on the Gold Coast. Pictures supplied by Microsoft.