Stories by Hamish Barwick


Equinix provides Southern Cross Cable Network hook-up from SY1

Data centre provider, Equinix, has announced that its Sydney 1 (SY1) facility is the first data centre in Australia to house a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), which provides international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US.

Woolworths to collect $20m from Dick Smith sale

Australian retail giant, Woolworths (ASX: WOW), has found a buyer for its consumer electronics division, Dick Smith Electronics.

In pictures: VMware opens new Australian headquarters

New South Wales minister for finance and services Gregory Pearce was on hand to open VMware’s new Australian headquarters. The purpose built offices bring together 200 Sydney-based staff in one location for the first time since the vendor set up shop in Australia seven years ago.

Invest in big data now for competitive advantage: IDC

Companies should not hold back on big data research because chances are their competitors are already analysing data to gain better insights into customers' spending habits, according to an analyst.

Westpac to introduce SAP integrated real-time payment system

Westpac is to roll out a payment instructions system that integrates with SAP software for its corporate customers in the first quarter of 2013.

Windows 8 could be Microsoft’s biggest gamble: Analysts

The launch of Windows 8 and Office 2013 this year is a risk that Microsoft must take to stay relevant in a world where mobile devices are the norm, according to Gartner analysts.

BSA fines Alternative Plastics Australia $50,000

Business Software Alliance (BSA) Australia has reached a settlement with Melbourne manufacturing company Alternative Plastics Pty Ltd and its sister firm Alternative Plastics Australia Pty Ltd for reportedly using Autodesk unlicensed software programs.

Mobile voice, video the future of data growth: Steve Wozniak

Data generated by mobile voice recognition software such as Apple’s Siri and video have been tipped by Fusion-io chief scientist, Steve Wozniak, as the future growth opportunity for companies in the storage space.

Kogan to launch mobile optimised website by December

Kogan is set to join the ranks of Australian retailers who have rolled out mobile optimised websites to capitalise on consumer’s love for shopping with their smartphone.

Orange Christian School chalks up networking improvements

Networking issues such as switching errors are largely consigned to the past for Orange Christian School, following the introduction of networking performance monitoring in July this year.

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.