Datacenter News — A new cooling system means Spark is saving a street’s worth of energy every year, according to a company statement. The New Zealand telecommunications firm says a new cooling system implemented in one of its Central Auckland data centres has turned into an annual energy savings equivalent to more than 45 homes.
Cloud Computing News — Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk.
Enterprise Innovation — The New Zealand’s government’s international business development agency, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), recently signed an agreement with the Alibaba Group to strengthen trade between China and New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and Alibaba Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma witnessed the signing ceremony held recently in China at an event hosted by the China Entrepreneur Club.
Stuff NZ — A Masterton business has the dubious distinction of being one of the first companies in Asia-Pacific to be targeted by a new type of cyber attack. Technology Solutions security expert Stephen Polley says cyber attacks on local businesses and individuals have been ramping up recently with crypto-ransomware incidents being reported in Wairarapa at a rate of about one a week.
IR News — Australian and New Zealand network providers will have an alternative to the Southern Cross Cable System for connections to the Pacific Islands and the United States, after Hawaiki Cable announced its link will finally be built. The 14,000 kilometre cable is expected to cost around A$452 million to complete, spanning Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Oregon in the United States, with spurs to the Pacific Islands.
IT News — The first stretch of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) subsea cable will be laid at Ngarunui Beach in Raglan, New Zealand by the end of March, marking the first step in the build of the 2300 kilometre connection to Australia. TGA is a joint US$70 million (A$92.5 million) project to lay a two-pair fibre-optic cable across the Tasman by Telstra, Spark NZ and Vodafone NZ.
Defense World — South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore appear nine times more vulnerable to cyber-attack than other Asian economies. “We’re seeing a huge shift in defense focus across the region as more than half of global container traffic now moves through Asia-Pacific waters, and regional navies are building up to defend these economic lifelines.“
IB Times — Five countries – Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand – have been identified as Asia-Pacific’s most vulnerable countries for cyber attacks, according to a report by consultancy Deloitte, The Asia-Pacific Defence Outlook 2016 said the countries appear “nine times more vulnerable to cyber-attacks” compared to other Asian economies as they are the most heavily dependent on internet-based interactions.
IT News — ANZ Bank was the last of the big four banks to market with a mobile wallet, but argues its slow and steady approach has resulted in a more secure and stable platform. The bank first started working on mobile wallet technology in 2011. It teamed up with Visa to trial a DeviceFidelity case for iPhones that incorporated a microSD card which hosted Visa’s payWave contactless payment application connected to a prepaid ANZ account.
PR Wire — The explosion of cloud computing has powered a more than 300 percent sales increase for Zerto in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) markets over the past year, driven primarily by its success in Australia and New Zealand. The rapid growth of Zerto, which provides disaster recovery and business continuity software for virtualised data centres and cloud environments, is part of the company’s ambitious expansion strategy for ANZ and APJ over the next five years.
Enterprise Innovation — New Zealand has added 15 new cell towers to existing networks to expand mobile coverage to more than 1,700 square kilometres of rural areas. This development was a result of the auction of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum won by Spark and Vodafone in 2014.
Enterprise Innovation — Orion Health is firing up itsglobal offering by launching Amadeus, a platform that will enable highly personalized healthcare and the implementation of precision medicine. “Precision medicine is enabled when all information unique to an individual is combined to identify preventative care and treatments which will be effective for them based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors,” said CEO Ian McCrae.
NZ Herald — This is what New Zealand’s supply of internet looks like. Two cables connect our country to the rest of the world. As an island at the bottom of the world, we’d be otherwise isolated and reliant on satellites for connectivity. In comparison, the west coast of America has 14 cables landing at different sites from Washington to California.
Telecom Asia — New Zealand state-owned wholesale operator Kordia has made a multi-million dollar investment in a new 9.6Tbps fiber backhaul network to help meet rising traffic demands. The packet optical network uses DWDM and Ethernet technology from Ciena to provide a network optimized for delivery of 10Gbps and 100Gbps connections.
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has signed a contract with Amper, a subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group, to deploy a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific. Dubbed ‘Moana Cable’, the submarine cable system will link New Zealand and Hawaii.
Geek Zone — Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has signed a turnkey contract with Amper, SA subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group, to roll out a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific.
IT News — ANZ Bank’s new multi-channel online banking back-end will go live when its GoMoney mobile application is switched over to the Sybase solution early next year. The bank chose Sybase365 – now part of SAP – several years ago to replace its existing online and mobile banking infrastructure.
Telecom Paper — Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has signed a contract with Amper, a subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group, to deploy a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific. Dubbed ‘Moana Cable’, the submarine cable system will link New Zealand and Hawaii.
Telecom Asia — Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, has expanded and upgraded its network across Australia and New Zealand with four new points of presence (PoPs) in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. GCX said the move will enhance the company’s global network and hybrid cloud capabilities to meet the increasing demand for global connectivity in the region.
IT News — top ranking South Australian government IT executives have been cleared by the state’s ombudsman of claims they broke probity rules during a 2012 trip to New Zealand with IT supplier Dimension Data. In 2013, a whistleblower complained to SA authorities that the heads of ICT strategic sourcing and government network services took the trip with the vendor whilst in the tendering phase of a multi-million-dollar managed network services deal.
NZ Herald — Spark saw a surge in the amount of data traffic humming through its cables and airwaves earlier this year. Chief operating officer David Havercroft says though the company anticipated and planned for an increase in data demand and had invested in the necessary infrastructure, the jump was sudden. “We worked on the assumption there would be a 100 per cent year-on-year growth in data. That’s more or less been the case,” Havercraft says.
Computer Weekly — Cyber criminals don’t stand still, and neither do the people who protect organisations against them. We caught up with six analysts and security experts to ask them about the current risk factors in Australia and New Zealand. We asked each person four questions – and got more than 8,000 words of transcript in response. What follows here is a representative selection of their answers to those questions. It makes for interesting and sobering reading.
Computer World NZ— Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organisations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilisation of data centres and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Besides helping enterprises to drive digital disruption, the latest Hybrid IT environment is also enhancing the customer experience and encouraging business model innovation.
Telecom Asia — Those who have been fighting to build a new submarine cable between New Zealand and the west
coast of the US, as well as islands along the way, have taken another two steps forward toward that goal. One is financial, the other logistical. Late last week, Hawaiki Cable gained a new equity investor in the form of Sir Eion Edgar’s SIL Long Term Holdings Limited.
IT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.
Signals intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand spy on friendly countries in the Pacific, gathering up full communications that are forwarded to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), acccording to leaked documents. The documents are the latest leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and were published jointly by the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept.
New Zealand’s e-government portal is getting revamped and it is asking people to complete a game to see how easily they can find information they are looking for on Govt.nz. Players are asked to find certain information and given a list of links. They have to click through the links until they reach one where they think they will find the information. There are 11 such tasks in the game.
A newly released mobile app by the New Zealand government is expected to enable students compare job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help them make good study choices. The 2015 Occupation Outlook app was launched with third annual Occupation Outlook report that pulls together the latest information from employers, industries, the education sector and the labour market.
The New Zealand government is urging schools to get in early on their start of year admin, in an effort to avoid another round mispayments from the national teacher payroll system, Novopay. The Novopay failure – New Zealand’s answer to the Queensland Health payroll disaster – has been causing trouble for schools since the system first hit the rocks in September 2012.
Australian and New Zealand businesses and individuals are being targeted by extortionists using a new strain of ransomware, Deakin University researchers working with security vendor TrendMicro have discovered. Called TorrentLocker, the malware is spread by social engineering emails with penalty notices that ask users to visit bogus Australia Post and NSW Office of State Revenue websites for payment.