Data Center News — Australia’s Macquarie Telecom is investing around AU$15 million in its data center operations after signing a data center services deal with an unnamed Fortune 100 customer. The customer has contracted Macquarie Telecom to provide up to 2.5MW of capacity over an initial contract term of six years.
MIS Asia — Cloud computing platform provider and Macquarie Telecom subsidiary, Ninefold, has made a decision to shut down its operations. The company made the announcement on its website after conducting a technology review across the whole business citing that it would have to make further investments to take its platform to the ‘next level’.
IT News — Australia’s telecommunications sector is continuing its crusade against the government’s proposed industry security reforms, with submissions to the draft legislation revealing universal opposition to the suggested changes. The Attorney-General’s Department released its ‘telecommunications sector security reforms’ in June. The sweeping draft laws would see telcos forced to hand over sensitive information about network changes and procurement plans in order to address national security risks.
BENGALURU: Infosys and Accenture have entered the final lap to clinch a Rs 900-crore ($150 million) IT outsourcing contract from Australia-based financial services provider Macquarie Group. The five-year contract will include application development, testing and infrastructure management services (IMS), said sources privy to the development. Macquarie provides banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. It employs more than 13,900 people in 28 countries.
Sixteen chief executives from Australia’s top phone and internet providers have banded together to demand the Government come clean on how much it plans to contribute towards the cost of its data retention scheme. The telco CEOs today penned a letter to Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to demand transparency on the funding allocation ahead of the planned debate of the proposed legislation in the House of Representatives tomorrow.
Qantas has moved its core Oracle-based ERP platform out of IBM’s Sydney data centre in favour of a new software-as-a-service model hosted by Macquarie Telecom, as part of its push to cut $2 billion out of its costs in three years. IBM – Qantas’ key data centre partner since 2004 – had hosted the airline’s Oracle E-Business Suite R11 platform out of its Sydney data centre, with Tata Consultancy Services providing application support, until May this year. The airline has spent the last 12 months renegotiating its supplier contracts in an effort to save $150 million in three years as part of its broader cost reduction program.