Stories by Rohan Pearce

Amazon cloud chief: Two Availability Zones just the beginning

Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy says that if the new Sydney Region AWS unveiled overnight gets the kind of take-up that the cloud business has seen in other regions, more data centres will be in the pipeline.

Written by Rohan Pearce13 Nov. 12 19:28

Amazon set to shake up Australian cloud market

In a move that has been expected by local commentators for quite some time, Amazon Web Services — the cloud computing arm of — overnight announced that customers can now access AWS services through an Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region.

Written by Rohan Pearce13 Nov. 12 09:32

AARNet peers with Amazon's cloud

Australian research and education network provider AARNet has announced a peering agreement with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of

Written by Rohan Pearce07 Nov. 12 12:01

UTS links with Chinese university for big data research

The University of Technology, Sydney, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, to conduct research focused on big data and analytics and explore the possibility of establishing a joint research centre.

Written by Rohan Pearce31 Oct. 12 10:17

Google Nexus 4 hits Australia in November for $349

Google has unveiled the latest Android-equipped Nexus device, the Nexus 4. Australians will be able to order the smartphone, which will run Android 4.2 ('Jelly Bean'), from 13 November.

Written by Rohan Pearce30 Oct. 12 10:45

M2's Commander launches NBN business plans

M2 Telecommunications subsidiary Commander today launched National Broadband Network plans targeting businesses. The Commander NBN plans offer the same maximum speeds as other NBN plans, but include a service-level agreement with shorter target response times when faults are reported.

Written by Rohan Pearce29 Oct. 12 15:21

In pictures: Microsoft stages Australian launch for Windows 8

Microsoft Australia this morning staged a local launch at the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park for the latest incarnation of its Windows operating system: Windows 8. The launch showcased the new tablet-friendly operating system, with an interface that draws on Windows Phone 7 and is a radical departure from the familiar desktop environment.

Written by Rohan Pearce26 Oct. 12 11:50

Microsoft researchers explore 'job-centric' cloud model

Elasticity — the ability to ramp up or down computing resources depending on need — is one of the key benefits of cloud computing. Not being shackled to their own, in-house hardware means organisations can dial up the amount of resources they need to crunch big data sets, run their Web presence during spikes and troughs in demand and process periodic jobs without needing the internal resources necessary to cope with only peak demand.

Written by Rohan Pearce25 Oct. 12 12:32

5% of Internode customers using IPv6

Internet service provider has revealed that 5 per cent of its customers are now using IPv6, the successor to IPv6: an Internet address system that is rapidly being exhausted.

Written by Rohan Pearce18 Oct. 12 11:53

ACCC goes after HP over warranties

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking Hewlett-Packard to court, alleging that HP made misrepresentations to consumers about their warranty rights.

Written by Rohan Pearce16 Oct. 12 14:18

ACMA announces new milestone for Do Not Call Register

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today announced that 8 million numbers have been added to the Australian Do Not Call Register, which bans telemarketers from making unsolicited calls to the numbers.

Written by Rohan Pearce16 Oct. 12 11:40