Superloop, Comscentre to provide network, hosted and managed services

Brisbane-based elastic fibre provider Superloop has entered into a strategic partnership with Australian enterprise-grade network specialist Comscentre to deliver a suite of network, hosted and managed services.

Superloop said under the collaboration its own metro fibre network allowed Comscentre to deliver network, hosted and managed services to its customers at speeds of up to 90Gbps and beyond.

0“Our partnership with Comscentre means our customers have a single source for network, hosting and managed services,” added Superloop CEO Drew Kelton.

“With Superloop’s metropolitan fibre networks providing high speed capacity and ubiquitous connectivity, and Comscentre’s network, hosting and managed services, customers can expect real value, seamless connectivity, low latency, and value add unrivalled in Australian network infrastructure and managed services delivery.”

Comscentre MD Ben Shipley said by combining Superloop’s network-based infrastructure platform with Comscentre’s hosted services, comms and collaboration capabilities, his firm is able to deliver  differentiated value to its customers, “significantly reducing costs associated with legacy network infrastructure and connectivity providers.”

Drew Kelton, Chief Executive Officer, Superloop said: “Our partnership with Comscentre means our customers have a single source for network, hosting and managed services. With Superloop’s metropolitan fibre networks providing high speed capacity and ubiquitous connectivity, and Comscentre’s network, hosting and managed services, customers can expect real value, seamless connectivity, low latency, and value add unrivalled in Australian network infrastructure and managed services delivery.”

Nutanix names new APAC and Japan VP of Marketing

Nutanix has appointed Jordan Reizes as its new Vice President of Marketing for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Based in Sydney, Reizes will be responsible for driving the enterprise cloud specialist’s marketing strategy and sales support as the company continues its regional expansion.

Nutanix said Asia was a key market, tipping Reizes’ appointment a clear signal of its continued expansion, growth and commitment to the region. The role will see Reizes reporting to Nutanix CMO Ben Gibson, and leading the 30-strong marketing team across Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

In A/NZ, he will work closely with the Head of Marketing, Liselle Porfirio, and country Managing Director, Jamie Humphrey, to help drive demand for Nutanix services in key verticals such as financial services, manufacturing, utilities and government, as the country’s enterprises increasingly move to hybrid cloud.

Reizes, who has about two decades of experience in senior marketing leadership roles, joined the company from Sitecore, where he was Senior Director APJ Field Marketing. Prior to that he had four years at SimpliVity as Senior Director, APJ Field Marketing and Global Programmes, and seven years at EMC.

“The explosion of data and the shift to cloud continues to create unprecedented opportunities for our customers and partners,” said Nutanix APAC SVP Matt Young. “Jordan’s leadership, experience and recognised expertise will be instrumental in helping Nutanix ensure they are able to capitalise on those opportunities.”

Reizes appointment is part of an increased investment in Asia by Nutanix that includes a new flagship regional office in Singapore, a rapid and continuing expansion of its sales team, and a greater focus on larger enterprises. Nutanix also plans to move into its new Sydney located, A/NZ headquarters in late October.

 

Comms tech pulls down Australia’s digital competitiveness ranking

Australia’s communications technology profile has been flagged as a key contributing factor to the country’s slide in the latest international digital competitiveness rankings collated by Switzerland’s IMD World Competitiveness Center.

Australia slipped one place to 14 in the 2019 IMD World Digital Competitiveness ranking, which assesses the digital competitiveness of 63 nations. Australia’s ranking in 2018 came in at 13, while in 2015, the country was ranked ninth overall.

Key weaknesses contributing to Australia’s ranking fall included business agility, technology skills and communications technology, according to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), which is the Australian partner of the IMD World Competitive Center.

The ranking system rates national performance in three areas: knowledge, technology and future readiness, with further sub-factors considered under each of these elements, including communications technology and internet bandwidth speed.

CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento said that in the technology area, Australia’s communications technology subcategory ranking remained poor, at 54. Australia’s internet bandwidth speed subcategory ranking in the latest report, meanwhile, was 38.

Cilento suggested the results showed Australia had more work to do if it is to keep pace with other economies.

“The results highlight that we need a broader national community discussion around the importance of R&D, investment in technology, and tech skills and how the benefits of these flow back to the community,” she said.

By contrast, New Zealand’s communications technology subcategory ranking came in at 27, although the country’s overall digital competitiveness ranking was 18, one up from the previous year’s ranking, but four places lower than its ranking in 2017. In terms of internet bandwidth speed, New Zealand outstripped Australia, coming in at number 20.

According to Cilento, another area of concern for Australia is the development of tech skills.

“While the Australian community has an appetite for new technology with a high uptake of smartphones and tablets, ranking ninth and third respectively, we don’t rank well in terms of higher technical skills,” Cilento said. “Australia ranked 44 on digital/technological skills and employee training, and 53 on graduates in sciences.”

There were some bright spots for Australia too, according to Cilento, who highlighted factors such as flow of international students, country credit rating, tablet possession and e-government – all areas where Australia was ranked among the top five countries globally.

Globally, the top five ranking countries in the 2019 IMD World Digital Competitiveness ranking were United States, in the number one spot, followed by Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland. These remained unchanged from the previous year’s ranking.

Nutanix, HPE eye APAC hyperconverged infrastructure opportunity with rollout of HPE ProLiant DX appliances

Nutanix and enterprise IT specialist HPE are stepping up joint efforts to capitalize on rising demand for cloud ready architecture in the Asia-Pacific markets, flagging the general availability of the new HPE ProLiant DX series appliances.

The firms – which struck a global partnership agreement in April to target enterprises with an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) offering – said hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and hybrid cloud continued to gain momentum throughout APAC with businesses replacing their aging IT infrastructure faster to meet increasing competition.

A key part of the collaboration is the newly developed ProLiant DX appliance series, built with HPE servers and factory-installed Nutanix software, for on-premises operations.

0 (11)“The HPE ProLiant DX series puts Asia’s enterprises are in the driving seat,” said Matt Young, SVP and Head of Asia Pacific and Japan, Nutanix.

“As international competition intensifies and the threat of a global economic slowdown continues, Asia’s enterprises will rely more and more on a future-ready infrastructure to provide the efficiencies and productivity required to survive and thrive.”

0 (10)“We are already seeing high levels of excitement and interest from A/NZ customers and partners now that Nutanix is available on HPE ProLiant DX,” said Jamie Humphrey, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Nutanix.

“Businesses understand that their technology infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose and cannot simply be ‘patched’ or tinkered with. DX now provides them with the means to modernise their data centre on their terms; with the hardware and software platform of their choice.”

Equinix boosts Oracle play with multi-region cloud connectivity expansion

Equinix has ramped up its collaboration with Oracle, expanding its private and secure connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

According to the interconnection and data centre provider, its recent expansions in Sydney, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich now offer customers in those regions private connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric.

An on-demand, software defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, ECX Fabric is designed to help customers connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, and other clouds and network providers located around the world.

“Our expansion in Sydney demonstrates our commitment to helping businesses in Australia further their digital transformation journeys and we are thrilled to offer our customers with a presence in our local facilities access to the Oracle Cloud via our ECX Fabric,” said Glenn Uidam, senior director of operations at Equinix Australia.

Equinix claims that the recent expansions now sees it offer more private connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect than any other data centre player in the market, with connectivity via ECX Fabric available in 34 metro areas globally.

These include seven metro areas in the Asia Pacific region, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo; 14 areas in North America; and 13 across Europe.

For Robert Blackburn, global managing director, Oracle strategic alliance, Equinix, this expansion of the long-running partnership between Oracle and Equinix meets a growing need in the market.

“As companies around the world are prioritising digital transformation as a way to gain a competitive advantage, we’re seeing increased customer demand to migrate Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud,” Blackburn said. “The reality is that companies that are adopting digital transformation are thriving, and those that are not are being left behind.

“With this direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, low-latency connection that allows them to fully realise the benefits of their Oracle deployment. We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Oracle and offer this service in these new metros across the globe,” he said.

AustCyber unveils Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node

AustCyber has cut the ribbon on its Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node, with  the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, and ACT Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Mick Gentleman MLA, jointly launching the centre.

The Canberra Node is a part of AustCyber’s National Network of Nodes, which fosters and accelerates cyber capability development, innovation and commercialisation across Australia.

According to AustCyber, global spending on cyber security products and services is expected to rise by 88 per cent over the next eight years, from about US$131 billion today, to almost US$250 billion in 2026. “The Canberra Node – a partnership between the ACT Government and AustCyber – is accelerating the growth of the ACT’s cyber security sector, aligned with AustCyber’s national mission,” said Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber.

“AustCyber helps showcase local capability development and increases the benefits and reduces the costs of collaboration. We create new economic and innovation growth pathways, enabling growth in the cyber security industry across Australia.”

Linda Cavanagh, Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node Manager,  billed ACT Government’s partnership with AustCyber as a key step in progressing the cyber security industry in the ACT.  “The Node is growing and creating jobs while strengthening Canberra’s knowledge economy – particularly around cyber security in the space, defence and education sectors,” she said.

“The establishment of the Canberra Node is also an acknowledgement by ACT Government that to support cyber security innovation and growth, it needs to do business differently. The Canberra Node can test and challenge more readily, has more flexibility in developing capability, but more importantly, it can harness opportunities and partner with stakeholders to deliver results quickly. It leverages AustCyber’s brand and expertise from across AustCyber’s National Network of Nodes to help ACT-based cyber companies grow nationally and internationally.

“The Canberra narrative is changing on many levels and the cyber security sector has had an impact on this. The work of the Canberra Node has supported the growth, education and export of the Canberra region cyber security industry.”

AustsCyber said the Canberra Node had already undertaken activities with companies including archTIS, Cogito Group, Penten and Quintessence Labs. It also has helped bring together the Australian National University and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to collaborate with industry and promote research and deliver the requisite education and training  services, it added.

Australia’s peak mobile telecoms body welcomes Federal Government 5G inquiry

The peak national body representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry, The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of a Parliamentary Inquiry into 5G.

Responding to the announcement that the Committee’s remit will cover the capability, capacity and rollout of 5G as well as the application of 5G, including use cases for enterprise and government, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said the Association wished to contribute to a thorough examination of the implications of 5G technology from all perspectives.

“As the 5G evolution continues, it is critical that Government and society alike understand the magnitude of the 5G opportunity, and its relevance and benefit to all sectors of our economy and society,” he said.

“The mobile industry currently contributes nearly A$23 billion of Australia’s GDP, and the productivity benefits enabled by mobile applications and services are forecast to boost the economy by A$65 billion in 2023; equivalent to 3.1% GDP.”

While Althaus emphasised that businesses and society more broadly could expect to see considerable opportunity and progress through faster download speeds and improved connectivity through advances in The Internet of  Things and other new technologies, he acknowledged that “some questions and concerns exist within the community in relation to 5G and, to that end, we are committed to raising awareness and understanding around credible research to ensure public confidence in the safety of 5G mobile networks.”

“AMTA looks forward to contributing to that discussion further by providing information to, and potentially appearing before, the recently announced Parliamentary Inquiry,” Althaus said.