IT News — Fujitsu will invest $12.2 million to upgrade its Western Sydney data centre and provide more power to the site as part of a wider plan to modernise its Oceania facilities. In May Fujitsu announced the first investment into the project, a $10 million funding pot to upgrade its Malaga, Perth facility to achieve Tier IV certification.
Malicious cyber incidents reported by Australian governments and business have more than tripled in the last three years and will cost more than $1 billion in damage in the future, but the country is yet to suffer a major attack, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
IT News — A proprietary market management platform developed by Australia Post to help local small-to-medium retailers sell into the Chinese market has attracted more than 30 customers to the government enterprise’s books. The organisation last year partnered with software development firm MyMedia to build out a platform that would enable it to act as the middleman between local sellers and Chinese marketplaces like Alibaba, which AusPost signed a partnership with last year.
IT News — It’s been likened to a David and Goliath battle – two small ISPs fighting tooth and nail to fend off attacks by TPG’s Goliath in an effort to create a new company that would significantly shake up the Australian telco market. Vocus and Amcom were prepared to do whatever it took to get the merger through to completion.
IT News — The Finance department has spent an extra $30 million on its troubled redevelopment of the federal government’s central budget management system. The overhaul was originally funded in the 2010 budget, when it received $62.4 million. The CBMS is the platform used by Finance and government agencies to put together the Commonwealth budget and track spending against the budget throughout the year.
IT News — Optus has raised concerns over the decision by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s department to support incumbent Telstra against proposed lowered wholesale access prices for its copper network. In a letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the telco’s head of interconnect and economic regulation, Andrew Sheridan, disputed Telstra and the Department of Communications’ arguments against lowered copper wholesale prices as “incorrect” and “overstated”.
MIS Asia — Private Cloud solutions provider, Cloud Plus, has experienced 122 percent revenue growth during 2015 financial year. Founded in 2010, Cloud Plus provides enterprise-grade private cloud solutions in conjunction with partners such as systems integrators, managed service providers, carriers and carriage service providers. During the past 12 months, its partnerships have grown more than 50 percent to 62 across Australia with companies such as Thomas Duryea Consulting, Kiandra IT, Systima, Surety IT and Rivercity Solutions.
Datacenter Dynamics — It’s been a busy six months for colocation and cloud service provider CenturyLink, with the expansion of six existing data centers, five of them in the US, as well as the introduction of their cloud service to the Asia-Pacific region and a partnership with an Australian data center provider. Sustainability has also been on CenturyLink’s agenda as the company demonstrated by offering customers the option of hydroelectric power via their new facility in central Washington State, and the addition of Bloom Energy fuel cells in their Irvine, California facility.
IT News — Five of Telstra’s rivals have come out strongly against the Department of Communications’ support for a hike in the regulated wholesale prices Telstra can charge access seekers for its copper network. The Competitive Carriers Coalition, comprising telcos Vodafone, Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, Nextgen Networks and MyNetFone today took umbrage at a submission to the ACCC’s enquiry on the issue written by Communications secretary Drew Clarke.
IT News — Australia’s biggest telco and the wider telecommunications industry have lashed out at the federal government over plans to introduce new security laws that represent further legislative burden on the sector. Late last month the Attorney-General’s Department released information on its proposed ‘telecommunications security sector reforms’, The laws aim to better protect telco infrastrucure and systems from attack, while also giving the government power to intervene when a security risk is identified.
IT News — Vodafone Australia lost around $184 million and 45,000 customers in its first half of this year despite declaring its turnaround complete five months ago. The figures represent an increase on the approximately $159 million Vodafone lost in the same period of 2014. For the full 2014 year, the telco lost around $604 million.
A GIANT undersea internet cable will connect the Sunshine Coast directly with global communications systems if a proposal by the Sunshine Coast Council is successful. Mayor Mark Jamieson announced today that the council had applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to have an offshore cable protection zone established off the Coast. The zone would enable the private sector to deliver the international submarine broadband cable from the Coast, Mr Jamieson said.
IT News — Australia’s Department of Immigration has inked a four-year, $24 million deal with Canberra Data Centres to migrate its onsite secondary data centre to CDC’s Fyshwick facility. The department has used CDC’s nearby Hume data centre as its primary facility for a number of years already. But until now it hosted its secondary data centre from within its Belconnen office which, due to the merger of Immigration and Customs this month, will no longer be able to support the the scale of the combined agency.
IT News — Victorian government agencies have committed to spend $4.4 million in the next year on Windows Server 2003 custom support after failing to migrate off the operating system before Microsoft stopped supporting the product this week. State IT service provider CenITex has signed a 12 month arrangement with Microsoft under which it will pay extra to continue receiving updates and patches for the software, which is still in use by CenITex and a number of its customers including the state health department and police force.
IT News — Australia’s official statistics body has found that media and telecommunications businesses are the nation’s most consistent buyers of cloud computing services, but also that the rate of commercial adoption is much more subdued than industry hype may suggest. The ABS collected data on the use of cloud services from 6640 Australian businesses for the first time in the 2013-14 year, and published the first results of its survey today.
IT News — The telecommunications industry has urged the government to roll back its deadline for when internet and carrier service providers must comply with the data retention scheme due to ongoing confusion over their obligations. Telcos required under the new law to store the metadata of their customers for two years need to either be compliant or submit an implementation plan for compliance with the scheme to the Attorney-General’s Office by October 31.
IT News — NextDC has launched a new ‘independent’ switching platform that allows on-demand virtual connections to participating data centres. The company’s chief operating officer Simon Cooper debuted the new business unit – dubbed AXON Systems – during a keynote speech at the CommsDay conference in Sydney this morning.
IT News — Network virtualisation company Megaport will invest $10 million over the next year to fund an aggressive expansion into the United States. The company, which was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, today announced plans to establish its US headquarters in San Francisco.
The Independent — Global Switch, one of the leading large-scale, carrier-neutral, multi-tenanted data centre providers across Europe and Asia-Pacific has announced that customers in its Singapore facility are now able to connect to the brand new, state-of-the-art, dark fibre network operated by Superloop (ASX:SLC), Singapore’s newest independent dark fibre wholesale provider. Superloop is already available at Global Switch’s data centre campus in Sydney.
Microsoft has revealed it will not ship its Surface Hub in September as originally planned, and is declining to provide a new shipment date. High demand was blamed for the delay to the launch of the interactive whiteboard, as Microsoft is now “tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale”.