Stories by Sarah Putt

Gen-i to build new datacentres in Auckland and Wellington

Telecom’s ICT division Gen-i is building two major datacentres in Auckland and Wellington, to go live in 2014 and 2015. Telecom CEO Simon Moutter says the company currently has 14 datacentres nationwide, but most are located inside exchanges.“We’re quite full, and its time to branch out and build some major datacentres,” he told Computerworld. The Auckland datacentre, to be located in Takanini in South Auckland, will be open in mid-2014. It will be built to a modular design, with an initial 350 rack capacity, with the capability to scale up to deliver a 1000 rack capacity as required. The Wellington datacentre will be located in Upper Hutt and will open in 2014/15. It will also have a modular design with an initial capacity of 350 racks, and the capacity to scale up to 750 racks. Moutter would not say how much the datacentres will cost, citing commercial sensitivity. But when asked if the investment is on the same scale as rival Datacom – which is building a $30 million datacentre in Hamilton to complement its Auckland facility – Moutter replied: “No, bigger; big ones.” “We’re in the datacentre game,” he says. Read the rest of this article on

Trust set up to help businesses after quake

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC), the backers of Enable Networks and the organisation set up by the local council to promote, invest in, and support Christchurch businesses is at the forefront the business recovery effort. Computerworld spoke to its chief executive Bill Luff, who describes the progress made since the earthquake struck almost two weeks ago.

Christchurch IT scene: Nurturing an ecosystem

John Ascroft signed on as the fifth developer at Jade Software in the early 1980s and since then he has watched staff numbers grow from 10 to 350 people, and annual revenue increase to $50 million, 70 percent of which is earned offshore.

Renaissance responds to Apple rumours

He has only been eleven days in the job, but Renaissance chief marketing officer Warwick Grey is fighting back on market speculation that Apple has picked Ingram Micro as a rival distributor.