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  • Cloud to become mainstream in 2015

    Cloud services became mainstream in 2012 and, by 2015, there will remain no business computing category that isn’t available from the cloud. The prediction is from Ullrich Loeffler, IDC’s NZ country manager who spoke at the keynote for Sage Insights 2012, taking place in Wellington this week.

  • McAfee outlines priorities for 2013

    Security challenges aren’t going away and McAfee will be targeting top trends to curb malware attacks, says McAfee Asia-Pacific vice-president and chief technology officer, Michael Sentonas.

  • Avnet launches cloud services

    Avnet has announced the launch of Avnet Cloud Services to the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) reseller channel. According to the company, the new service allows resellers to enter the cloud services market with no upfront investment and provides them with a ready-to-go cloud business practice. “Avnet Cloud Services represents a paradigm shift for the IT channel in Asia Pacific and changes the basic assumptions of what IT distributors can offer. This latest addition to our services portfolio represents our ongoing commitment to evolve our channel offerings in line with technology and market opportunities. We believe this is a game-changer for the Australia and New Zealand channel, and we look forward to accelerating our partners’ success as they enter the lucrative cloud services market," says Michael Costigan, vice president of marketing and business innovation for Avnet Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific.

  • Kordia and Blue Coat partner for cloud security

    Kordia and Blue Coat Systems have announced a cloud-based web security solution that uses Kordia's network to host Blue Coat Cloud service point of presence, enabling a Software-as-a-Service delivery model. The Cloud Service uses Blue Coat's WebPulse collaborative defense service and the two companies say having the point of presence locally hosted avoids delays that happen with overseas-hosted SaaS offerings. “The pedigree and history of Blue Coat really says it all. They have a cutting-edge service which we are excited to be bringing to New Zealand businesses," says Kordia's general manager Drew Gilpin. “IT security is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. Whether you’re a large corporate or an SME, with more employees bringing devices from home and accessing social media sites like Facebook at the workplace, it’s vital to have a robust IT security solution in place to protect your data,” adds the GM. According to Blue Coat's MD for ANZ, Bruce Bennie, Kordia was "an obvious fit" for the company. “Kordia was an obvious fit for us because this is a mission critical security service, and Kordia customers already look to them for mission critical connectivity. This new offering from Kordia is ideal for New Zealand businesses that want enterprise-grade web security but don’t want to manage their own equipment," he says.

  • Microsoft partners with Revera

    Microsoft has selected Revera as the first local provider to spearhead a cloud solution for enterprise and government customers built upon Microsoft’s business productivity technologies in New Zealand. Revera’s hybrid cloud service, Homeland Collaboration, works through a combination of Revera’s private cloud and Microsoft’s public cloud solutions. “Revera’s Homeland Collaboration services will bring a hybrid capability to New Zealand that is integral to Microsoft’s cloud strategy. As part of a global initiative to provide in-country communications and collaboration services, we evaluated our local market and partner eco-system which resulted in Microsoft selecting Revera to work in conjunction with our global consulting services organisation as the first such partner for the New Zealand market," says Paul Muckleston, Microsoft New Zealand’s managing director. “Revera has been a strong Microsoft partner for many years and was an early adopter of Microsoft System Center and Windows Server with Hyper-V. They have the right experience and skills and their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability is mature and proven," he adds. According to Revera general manager Robin Cockayne Homeland Collaboration "is geared to organisations seeking a sovereign-safe cloud computing environment for essential business services and communication". "Revera is pleased to be part of small number of partners selected globally to work with Microsoft’s consulting services organisation to achieve architectural best practices in building cloud collaboration services. Revera is building a three year roadmap for enterprise worthy hybrid cloud services which will include Microsoft’s soon to be released new versions of Office 2013, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013," he adds.

  • Would you bypass IT to access the cloud?

    A survey says many Australian and New Zealand executives would be prepared to use unapproved cloud services, with nearly one out of six people surveyed saying they would skirt their own company IT rules to access cloud apps.

  • Microsoft and Ministry of Education renew deal

    Microsoft and the Ministry of Education have signed a variation to the existing Microsoft Schools Agreement which the vendor says represents a further step in providing New Zealand schools with access to "top-of-the-line technology solutions".

  • Traditional backup solutions are 'broken', says Symantec

    Security vendor Symantec has announced new set of solutions to address backup problems for both small businesses and enterprises. The company says the new solution enables 100 times faster backup, as well as easing management and recovery, in case of disaster. The new product is the result of research conducted by Symantec to 1400 IT professionals worldwide, which revealed that 49 percent of them cannot meet Service Level Agreements (SLA) because of too much data. According to the company, the results show that the traditional approach to backup is broken and a new model needs to be implemented. A total of 72 percent of respondents said they would switch backup products if speed doubled. The survey also found that organisations have an average of four different backup solutions to protect physical systems, and three solutions to protect virtual systems. “Today, Symantec unveils a radical new plan to modernise data protection that will drive out 80 percent of the operating costs associated with backup over the next five years,” says Deepak Mohan, senior vice president of Symantec’s Information Management Group. “Symantec is announcing a new set of solutions that address the problems in backup – from the most complex of enterprise data centres requiring a true tiered-recovery strategy to the smallest business that needs the confidence that they can easily recover their data.”