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Vocus to acquire remaining shares in Amcom

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) will acquire the remaining 90 per cent of shares in Amcom Telecommunications (ASX: AMM), the company announced today following an ASX trading halt.

By Hamish Barwick | 17 December, 2014 16:27

Tags: Amcom Telecommunications, ASX, Vocus Communications, Mergers and acquisitions

TorrentLocker ransomware targets 9,415 Australians: report

TorrentLocker ransomware attacks affected 9,415 users in Australia, according to a new report by security vendor ESET.

By Hamish Barwick | 17 December, 2014 15:15

Tags: State Debt Recovery Office, NSW Office of State Revenue, ransomware, eset, TorrentLocker ransomware

Micron21 considers Tier IV data centre certification

Victorian data centre operator Micron21 could become the first Tier IV certified data centre in Australia once a $9 million expansion project is complete by July 2015.

By Hamish Barwick | 10 December, 2014 12:48

Tags: Tier IV certification, A10 Networks, data centres, Micron21, Data Centre

Robots lighten the load at The Catch Group warehouse

The Catch Group is using 70 robots in its Melbourne warehouse to retrieve products and deliver bins to stations where humans than process orders. This has sped up processing times from 15,000 orders a day to 25,000 orders every day.

By Hamish Barwick | 09 December, 2014 16:10

Tags: The Catch Group, Melbourne, robots, robotics

Microsoft to host Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in Australia

Microsoft has confirmed that its cloud services portfolio, Office 365 and Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) online, will be available from two data centres in Australia by 31 March, 2015.

By Hamish Barwick | 09 December, 2014 08:00

Tags: Office 365, Pip Marlow, cloud services, Microsoft, data centres, Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Australia

Park management company cuts software costs

Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM) is saving over $7,000 a year in software licencing costs following the rollout of Office 365 and Windows Intune in mid-2013.

By Hamish Barwick | 09 December, 2014 08:00

Tags: Office 365, Australian Tourist Park Management, Microsoft, Ozbizweb, tourism industry, Windows Intune, cloud computing

NAB partners with Bugwolf to test mobile services

National Australian Bank (NAB) has partnered with Melbourne tech startup Bugwolf to test development projects such as the latest version of the NAB mobile banking iOS and Android app.

By Hamish Barwick | 04 December, 2014 16:20

Tags: Development, testing, Bugwolf, Startup, National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB)

Customer data will reside in Australia, says Saba Software

Saba Software, a United States cloud based talent management solution provider, has taken co-location space in a Sydney data centre so that it can keep customer data in Australia and comply with the Privacy Act.

By Hamish Barwick | 03 December, 2014 11:58

Tags: co-location, cloud services, Saba Software, Data Centre

House of Travel Australia finds value in software-defined storage

House of Travel Australia has used a software-defined storage services platform to reduce capital expenditure and improve the resilience of its storage environment.

By Hamish Barwick | 02 December, 2014 16:19

Tags: House of Travel Australia, travel, virtualization, house of travel, Datacore, storage, software defined storage

Australian Internet Security Initiative portal launched to help ISPs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has developed an Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) portal so that Internet service providers (ISPs) can identity which of their customers’ devices have been infected with malware.

By Hamish Barwick | 28 November, 2014 08:00

Tags: security, Internet Service Providers (ISP), ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Australian Internet Security Initiative, malware

Aus government begins review of cyber security strategy

Concerns about online threats against Australia have led to the federal government launching a review of its cyber security strategy for the first time since 2008.

By Hamish Barwick | 27 November, 2014 14:33

Tags: Australian Cyber Security Centre, Cyber security review, Tony Abbott, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, cyber security

Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol

Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) has invested $1.25 million in Melbourne-based social media marketing platform provider Tiger Pistol as the IT services firm looks to provide social media management services to customers.

By Hamish Barwick | 27 November, 2014 12:09

Tags: marketing, Melbourne IT, social media, Tiger Pistol

NSW Rural Fire Service cuts travel costs by using video conferencing

A video conferencing deployment by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in June 2014 has saved it thousands of dollars in transport allowances/accommodation as it no longer needs to send staff to headquarters in Lidcombe, Sydney for training.

By Hamish Barwick | 26 November, 2014 15:00

Tags: bushfire, Video Conferencing, polycom, NSW Rural Fire Service, bushfires

Cybercrime reporting site launches in Australia

Australians who have fallen victim to cybercrime will be able to report the incident online via a new site called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

By Hamish Barwick | 26 November, 2014 10:38

Tags: Australian Federal Police, cybercrime report, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), Attorney-General's Department, queensland police service, cybercrime

Planning and Design pays out $118k to BSA

Planning and Design, a Victorian based architectural drafting firm, has agreed to pay BSA | The Software Alliance $118,000 in a settlement case after it emerged that the company had been using unlicensed software since 2009.

By Hamish Barwick | 25 November, 2014 11:41

Tags: adobe, software asset management (SAM), Software Optimisation Services, autodesk, photoshop, software piracy, Business Software Alliance (BSA)

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