Infrastructure News, Features, and Interviews

  • CBA looks forward while paying tribute to yesterday’s tech

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has marked the 50th anniversary of its first computer — an IBM mainframe that was installed in 1966 — with a three day event that celebrated the past while looking at how CBA can leverage emerging technologies.

    01 Dec. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Top reasons for network downtime

    New research paints a fairly bleak picture of network performance. Outages are frequent. Hours typically pass before an issue is reported and resolved. Protective measures are manual and error prone.

    18 Nov. 16 21:00 Written by Ann Bednarz
  • VMware talks cloud freedom to Australian IT pros

    VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger and CTO Networking, Bruce Davie, used the vendor's vForum conference in Sydney to give Australian IT professionals their first glimpse of VMware’s new Cross-Cloud Architecture.

    11 Nov. 16 07:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New Defence ICT strategy outlines $20b, 10-year investment

    The Department of Defence has released an updated ICT strategy intended to help it implement the ‘One Defence’ reform program and the priorities outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

    08 Nov. 16 10:07 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Tech investment helps drive up Westpac costs

    Westpac registered a 3 per cent increase in costs for FY16 in line with the group’s revenue growth, with CEO, Brian Hartzer, telling a full year results briefing that the bank’s investment spend would help put it in good stead for future returns.

    07 Nov. 16 16:25 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NAB CEO looks beyond infrastructure transformation

    NAB’s CEO, Andrew Thorburn, today said that after a period of time focussing on its technology infrastructure the banks is “increasingly focussed on using technology to help our customers”.

    27 Oct. 16 12:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NAB promises ‘thorough review’ after string of outages

    NAB’s chief customer officer, consumer banking and wealth, Andrew Hagger, says the bank will conduct a “thorough review” to “identify and prevent future disruptions” in the wake of a series of system outages that affected a range of its services.

    12 Oct. 16 09:12 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • How machine data helps Shazam remain 'app store royalty'

    ​Shazam is one of the most popular mobile apps in the world. The company earlier this month announced it had reached a billion downloads – half of which came in the last two years –​ and, for the first time, turned a profit. And it's the data that did it.

    10 Oct. 16 07:00 Written by George Nott
  • NAB ‘making progress’ on restoring services

    NAB says it is making progress restoring services after system outages took down a number of the bank’s services and affected payment processing.

    05 Oct. 16 13:49 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Google to bring its cloud platform to Australia

    Google will next year launch a Sydney Google Cloud Region as part of a significant program of geographical expansion. In addition to Sydney, Google will launch regions in Mumbai, Singapore, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt.

    30 Sept. 16 08:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Werner Vogels on the rise and rise of AWS in Australia

    The customers around the table are gushing in their praise for Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. One puts his arm round the Dutchman’s broad shoulders to pose for a selfie: “If that’s ok? I’ve got to get one.”

    29 Sept. 16 08:00 Written by George Nott
  • Telstra combines SDN and cloud offerings

    Telstra has brought its software-defined network services offerings PEN (the former Pacnet Enabled Network) and its own SDN/NFV service developed in conjunction with Cisco under the umbrella of its cloud services division.

    23 Sept. 16 11:01 Written by Stuart Corner
  • ‘Dumbfounding’ failures at heart of WA health IT bungle

    An inquiry by a committee of the WA Legislative Assembly has called for the state’s health minister to report to parliament on why the Department of Health failed to utilise the government’s Gateway review process for ICT procurement projects with an investment value of greater than $10 million, in the wake of a major contract bungle.

    23 Sept. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • WA inquiry sees need to boost government CIO’s resources

    The report of an inquiry by the Western Australian Legislative Assembly​'s Public Accounts Committee has recommended the government boost the resources available to its chief information officer.

    22 Sept. 16 15:40 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Massey University goes hyperconverged

    After initially experimenting with hyperconverged infrastructure for a small project New Zealand’s Massey University is now deploying Nutanix equipment to handle its mission-critical student management system. The university says it is planning further deployment of the technology.

    21 Sept. 16 10:10 Written by Stuart Corner