Infrastructure News, Features, and Interviews

  • Government initiatives needed to boost digital inclusion

    The Innovation Partnership, a body sponsored by Google, Chorus and InternetNZ, says New Zealand is falling short on ‘digital inclusion’ and it has called on Government to address the issue in collaboration with other organisations.

    27 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Power companies empowered to install broadband fibre on rural properties

    ​Labour and other Opposition parties are claiming credit for new legislation that they say could accelerate the deployment of broadband fibre in rural areas and is “a game changer to enable immediate regional development opportunities for all of rural New Zealand.”

    13 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wellington joins Australian smart city body

    ​Wellington has become the first non-Australian city to join the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA), under its recently created international affiliate cities category.

    12 April 17 12:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Connexionz software to manage New York ferries

    ​Christchurch-based Connexionz, which specialises in the development and delivery of real time passenger information and intelligent systems for managing transport networks, has been awarded a contract for software and systems to manage a new New York ferry service.

    12 April 17 11:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • vGRID first in NZ to deploy HPE Synergy ‘composable infrastructure’

    ​vGRID, a New Zealand based SaaS and IaaS provider focussed on the small to medium business market, has moved from its datacentre at Waikato Innovation Park into Datacom’s Kapua data centre and has become the first company in New Zealand to deploy HPE’s Synergy product, claimed by HPE to embody a new architecture that it calls ‘composable infrastructure’.

    12 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Dunedin proves its ‘Gigatown’ status with triple-speed broadband

    ​According to data from Chorus, Dunedin – which in 2013 became New Zealand’s first Gigatown – is well ahead of the rest of the country in broadband speeds with an average bandwidth of 196Mbps, more than three times that of the next fastest centre.

    10 April 17 09:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark launches cloud contact centre on AWS

    Spark has launched a cloud contact centre service from Genesys that combines inbound and outbound calling, email, web chat, social media and fax and that enables a single view of customer interactions across all these channels.

    06 April 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Study finds fibre to schools lifts student performance

    ​A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, sponsored by Huawei, claims to have shown that fibre broadband services to schools boosts academic achievement by about one percentage point.

    05 April 17 14:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark Sticks to $22.7m for TeamTalk, But Lowers Acceptance Threshold

    Spark New Zealand has said its 80 cent per share offer for TeamTalk valuing the company at $22.7m, announced in February, is “full and final” but it has waived the condition requiring 90 percent shareholder acceptance. The offer will how become unconditional if shareholder acceptance exceeds 50 percent.

    04 April 17 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone, Spark and 2Degrees Join Forces to Boost Rural Communications

    ​Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees have made a submission to the Government proposing to use the recently announced Rural Broadband Initiative Extension (RBI2) and Mobile Black Spot Fund to improve rural broadband and mobile infrastructure.

    04 April 17 09:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Flight Centre NZ deploys hyperconverged infrastructure

    Flight Centre New Zealand has implemented the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform hyperconverged infrastructure to help its travel consultants better serve New Zealand residents travelling abroad.

    20 Oct. 16 08:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Massey University goes hyperconverged

    After initially experimenting with hyperconverged infrastructure for a small project New Zealand’s Massey University is now deploying Nutanix equipment to handle its mission-critical student management system. The university says it is planning further deployment of the technology.

    21 Sept. 16 10:10 Written by Stuart Corner
  • HPE’s ‘The Machine’: Is this the future of computing?

    Meet Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s vision of the future of computing. It’s called simply ‘The Machine’. It’s a radical departure from today’s computer architecture that is being developed HPE’s R&D arm, Hewlett Packard Labs, to deal with the conflicting trajectories of computing hardware and software.

    15 Aug. 16 11:02 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Portland Software picks Softlayer to host employee benefits service

    Auckland-based Portland Software, a company specialising in applications to help employers administer employee benefit schemes such as health insurance, has launched Belong, a new employee benefits administration platform running on IBM’s Softlayer cloud service.

    27 July 16 11:28 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hyperconvergence vendor SimpliVity appoints ANZ sales lead

    Hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity has followed a “record first year” in Australia and New Zealand with the appointment of its first regional sales director: Patrick Devlin, former ANZ MD with Ruckus Wireless, has been appointed regional sales director Australia New Zealand (ANZ).

    20 July 16 15:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gartner tips small growth in NZ IT spending

    Gartner has issued its latest quarterly global IT spending forecast showing a modest 1.90 per cent forecast NZ growth for 2016 over 2105. However when reported in $US there was a slight downturn.

    08 July 16 10:10 Written by Stuart Corner
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