Stories by Rohan Pearce


NICTA calls for smarter infrastructure

National ICT Australia — NICTA — is pushing for the Productivity Commission to recommend greater use of what the research organisation dubs 'smart ICT' to enable better decisions in the planning, construction and operation of public infrastructure.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 April, 2014 12:35

Tags: National ICT Australia (NICTA), nicta, infrastructure, Productivity Commission

Defence extends Optus satellite contract

The Department of Defence has extended its managed satellite services agreement with Optus for another four years, the telco announced this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 April, 2014 11:45

Tags: department of defence, satellite communication, satellite, optus

State government announces mobile coverage upgrade for rail lines

Mobile coverage for tunnels on Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs railway line was switched on this week, NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 April, 2014 14:26

Tags: Sydney Trains, mobility, nsw, mobile phones, smartphones, wireless

NBN Co launches satellite subsidy scheme

NBN Co will launch a subsidy scheme to enable the 9000-strong list of users waiting for a chance to receive Internet access through the National Broadband Network Interim Satellite Service to instead access commercial satellite services.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 April, 2014 12:34

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, national broadband network, nbn co, broadband

Queensland Police to expand iPad, iPhone use

A tablet and smartphone trial by Queensland Police has been judged a success, with more iPads and iPhones to be deployed to frontline officers this year.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 April, 2014 15:11

Tags: mobility, iPhone, smartphones, queensland police service, queensland, iPad

Developing diversity: Will IT ever fix its gender problem?

IT has a diversity problem. And despite being widely acknowledged for a long time, it's not going away in a hurry. Although it's hardly confined to gender, it is the startling gap between men and women in tech — in terms of representation, income and treatment — that has been best studied and documented.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 March, 2014 14:26

Tags: open source, gender diversity, gender, sexism

Travel agent takes flight with cloud

Jumping from managed hardware to the cloud has paid off at Sydney-based travel agency Jetabroad, slashing deployment time and cutting costs, according to the company's chief technology officer, Benjamin Ranck.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 March, 2014 13:44

Tags: Amazon Web Services, cloud providers, Cloud, AWS, Case studies, cloud computing, Case Study

TransGrid takes proactive approach to virtual desktop growth

NSW government-owned electricity network operator TransGrid is preparing to migrate virtual desktops off its SAN and onto Nutanix converged infrastructure appliances.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 March, 2014 13:13

Tags: virtualization, transgrid, data centres, Nutanix

Committee slams NBN strategic review; Coalition slams committee

An interim report of the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network issued yesterday has expressed "significant concerns with the accuracy and reliability" of the strategic review process that led to NBN Co adopting the multi-technology mix model for the network favoured by the Coalition.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 March, 2014 10:13

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN)

auDA reveals timing for DNSSEC rollout

.au Domain Administration (auDA) has revealed that it is finally ready to begin the roll out of DNSSEC.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 March, 2014 12:37

Tags: security, DNSSEC

NBN Co to bump satellite capacity, implement 'fair use' policy

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that NBN Co will bump capacity on the Interim Satellite Service. "[A]t the cost of $18.4 million the NBN Co will upgrade the current capacity to all users on the satellite service by one third," the minister said in question time today.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 March, 2014 15:39

Tags: satellite, Networking, national broadband network, nbn co, Malcom Turnbull, interim satellite service

Financial woes cause shut down of Internet Industry Association

The Internet Industry Association will shut down, leaving the Communications Alliance to take responsibility for the collection of industry codes, such as the icode, that were developed and overseen by the industry body.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 March, 2014 16:43

Tags: Internet Industry Association (IIA), Communications Alliance, internet industry association

Cybercrime could be 'next black swan event': ASIC chief

Australian Securities and Investment Commission chairperson Greg Medcraft has used the ASIC Annual Forum to issue a warning about the potential for poor information security to destabilise financial markets.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 March, 2014 14:08

Tags: security, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Google wants to get Australians coding

Google Australia has launched a new initiative designed to help produce more Australian software developers.

CloudCentral to list on ASX

Canberra-headquartered cloud services provider CloudCentral is listing on the Australian Stock Exchange via a reverse takeover, the company announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 March, 2014 16:19

Tags: cloudcentral, cloud providers, Cloud, cloud computing

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