Stories by Hamish Barwick


Western Water avoids drowning in data with storage upgrade

Victorian water authority, Western Water, has implemented a new 256TB capacity storage system to cope with 50 per cent year on year data growth, in part fuelled by a state-wide smart meter project aimed at better understanding water usage.

Supercomputer, second data centre fuels Uni. of Auckland networking upgrade

The University of Auckland (UoA) is gearing up for a sharp increase in traffic over its network thanks to a new supercomputer, housed at UoA, and through the August 2012 launch of a 439 square metre capacity second data centre.

Automated online banking fraud tool emerges

Trend Micro has warned of an automatic transfer system (ATS) tool which has been used to infect users’ computers and then bypass their bank account security measures, such as two-factor authentication, in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Security threats explained: Social engineering

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small businesses and larger enterprises today. We’ve looked at internal negligence and continue the series by speaking to experts about the problem of social engineering.

Trend Micro A/NZ hires new managing director from global ranks

Security vendor Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand has announced a replacement from within its global ranks for outgoing managing director Dave Patnaik who is leaving the company after four years.

Q&A: NextDC CEO, Craig Scroggie

NextDC’s (ASX:NXT) new chief executive, Craig Scroggie, recently spoke to Computerworld Australia about what attracted him to the role after serving as managing director of Symantec Australia and where the data centre operator is heading in the future.

Privacy Commissioner condemns RailCorp over USB drive auction

RailCorp’s auction of USB keys in 2011 did not meet obligations under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection (PPIP) Act 1998 because the thumb drives, which were lost property, contained personal information not protected against unauthorised access, according to a report released by the New South Wales Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Apple changes OS X security messages

In the wake of the Flashback botnet which targeted Mac computers, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its website that the operating system X (OS X) isn't susceptible to viruses.

DNSChanger deadline looms

There is less than a month to go until computers that have been infected with the DNSChanger malware will have trouble accessing websites and other internet services.

In pictures: Vocus rolls out fibre cable across Sydney Harbour

Telecommunications and data centre company, Vocus, laid two new fibre cable links in Sydney Harbour as part of a strategy to decrease connection latencies between Sydney’s central business district (CBD) and the ASX data centre in Gore Hill.

Craig Scroggie swaps Symantec for NextDC CEO role

Former Symantec Australia managing director, Craig Scroggie, has been appointed chief executive of Melbourne-based data centre operator ,NextDC (ASX:NXT), to allow former chief executive, Bevan Slattery, more time to focus on the company’s data centre rollouts.

In pictures: HP's Aurora data centre

HP officially unveiled its 134,000 square metre Tier III data centre, Aurora, in West Sydney during June. The facility can deliver 4 megawatts of power with a target power usage effectiveness(PUE) of less than 1.3.

Security threats explained: Internal negligence

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small business and larger enterprises today. We begin by speaking to experts about the problem of 'internal negligence' and company processes that can put businesses at risk of a data breach.

Vocus forecasts $47 million FY2012 revenue

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has issued a full year guidance for 2012 which forecasts the company's revenue to hit $47 million, an increase of 45 per cent on FY2011 revenue of $31 million, due to company acquisitions and growth in fibre/data centre services.

Treasury Wine Estates uncorks improved CRM

Former Fosters Group division, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has managed to cut delivery times from weeks to days and boosted its d customer service through the implementation of a new cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) system.