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  • Months of warning signs before storage problems took down ATO

    An analysis of log data from the HP Enterprise 3PAR SAN blamed for the dramatic outage of the Australian Taxation Office’s core systems in December reveals a number of warning signs in the lead-up, according to a report made public today by the ATO.

  • How the Queensland Brain Institute deals with its data deluge

    Storage can be a headache for any organisation that relies heavily on IT. But Jake Carroll, the senior IT manager (research) at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), doesn’t just have to contend with the typical storage needs for a 500-person organisation.

  • Make way for the algorithm economy

    As the data storage market in Australia surpasses $2 billion, the term Big Data is becoming increasingly irrelevant. It’s all big data now.

  • The future of high performance storage

    In the past 12 months, there’s been a lot of hype about new advancements in storage that include new forms of non-volatile memory (such as Z-NAND from Samsung and 3D Xpoint from Intel and Micron). There’s also been growing adoption of newer interfaces such as non-volatile memory express (NVMe) and more modern software, which seek to reduce the imbalance in data centre IT infrastructure created by CPU advancements of the past three decades.

  • Government promotes ATO CIO

    The Australian Taxation Office’s chief information officer, Ramez Katf, has been given expanded responsibilities, with the government appointing him to the role of Second Commissioner of Taxation.

  • ATO prepares to roll out new SAN

    The Australian Taxation Office is preparing to progressively install a new storage-area network to replace the HP Enterprise SAN blamed for major outages of ATO services in December and February.

  • Acquisition gives HPE access to Nimble’s secret analytics sauce

    ​Solid state storage manufacturer Nimble Storage, which is being acquired by HPE, is nominally, a storage manufacturer. However, its key differentiator, its ‘secret sauce’ according to the head of Nimble Storage Australia is its data analytics capabilities, which have applications wider than storage support.

  • ATO restores most services

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says that most of its core services are back online after an outage last week.

  • Failover failure at ATO

    The failure of a new storage system rolled out last year is behind the Australian Taxation Office’s current tech problems, which have seen the agency’s website and online services rendered inaccessible.