Integration and Services: Features

  • Cloud options for IT that IT will love

    Back in 1991, before the Internet was a big deal, Ohio State University technologist Jerry Martin signalled the nascent Internet's value with an official standards document entitled "There's gold in them thar networks!" (RFC1290) Although simmering as an academic tool for years, the Internet had not yet triggered a significant paradigm shift for commercial computing. Martin's formal proclamation was an early push to business, which eventually embraced Internet commerce wholeheartedly.

  • Private clouds showing up on IT's agenda

    Enterprise IT shops are starting to embrace the notion of building private clouds, modeling their infrastructure after public service providers such as Amazon and Google. But while virtualization and other technologies exist to create computing pools that can allocate processing power, storage and applications on demand, the technology to manage those distributed resources as a whole is still in the early stages.

  • Bearing Northward

    Australia can be a land of business opposites. On the one suntanned hand, it is vast, economically magnanimous and endowed with a surplus of nature’s bounty that supplies a wealthy, developed market. On the other, it is ridden with natural barriers, geographically remote from the world’s trading centres and burdened with a small population. Its few sizeable businesses have traditionally looked to the distant and cut-throat markets of the US and Europe, instead of its populous neighbours to the immediate north, to achieve growth.

  • The Microsoft-Novell Linux deal: Two years later

    Two years ago this month, Microsoft forged its controversial partnership with Novell that, among other things, had the two companies agreeing not to sue each other over intellectual property issues, in part to protect Suse Linux users over any patent litigation from Microsoft.

  • Resellers divided on Ingram’s freight price hike

    Resellers are divided on whether Ingram Micro’s decision to increase freight charges by 9 per cent and add a flat fee to drop shipments was justified. While some have criticised the distributor for the price hike, others are taking it in their stride and flagging bigger concerns around the volatile Australian dollar and product pricing.

  • Financial crisis: The tech innovations at risk

    September 2008 will certainly go down as one of the blackest months in Wall Street history. Venerable financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG abruptly vanished or were radically overhauled. Investors lost loads of money -- in some cases, fortunes -- and ordinary taxpayers are now finding themselves funding an industry bailout that could cost a staggering US$700 billion, perhaps even more.

  • How IT could have prevented the financial meltdown

    In the coming weeks the feds and the surviving financial services institutions will have the daunting task of unraveling all the securitized loans and other instruments that are hiding the toxic investments. But does the technology exist to do that? And if so, could it have been used to prevent the bad debt from hitting the fan in the first place?

  • Integrators divided on Dell’s channel launch

    Some of Australia’s largest systems integrators remain unconvinced on the benefits of signing up with traditionally direct PC giant, Dell. Nearly 12 months after launching its first partner program in the US, Dell announced an Australian version last week.

  • Optima collapse sparks warranty debate

    Concerns around who will assume responsibility for Optima’s substantial list of warranties has left channel players debating the value of third-party coverage as opposed to in-house contingency plans.

  • Painful lessons from IT outsourcing gone bad

    As companies look to economize in a weak economy worsened by rising energy costs, it may be more tempting than ever to consider outsourcing your IT -- whether to a cloud-based provider, to a shop in your town, or to a provider in some far-off land. Certainly, outsourcing has worked well for many companies, but it can also lead to business-damaging nightmares, says Larry Harding, founder and president of High Street Partners, a global consultancy that advises company on how to expand overseas. After all, if outsourcers fail, you're left holding the bag without the resources to fix the problem.

  • Industry wary of Commander fallout

    The unravelling of ASX-listed integrator, Commander, has left many rivals scrambling to assuage customer concerns and minimise its impact on the broader IT channel.

  • Diving deep into Amazon Web Services

    Amazon's Web Services (AWS) are based on a simple concept: Amazon has built a globe-spanning hardware and software infrastructure that supports the company's Internet business, so why not modularize components of that infrastructure and rent them? It is akin to a large construction company in the business of building interstate highways hiring out its equipment and expertise for jobs such as putting in a side road, paving a supermarket parking lot, repairing a culvert, or just digging a backyard swimming pool.

  • Cloud versus cloud: A guided tour of Amazon, Google, AppNexus, and GoGrid

    Who wouldn't want to live in a "cloud"? The term is a perfect marketing buzzword for the server industry, heralding images of a gauzy, sunlit realm that moves effortlessly across the sky. There are no suits or ties in this world, just toga-clad Greek gods who do as they please and punish at whim, hurling real lightning bolts and not merely sarcastic IMs. The marketing folks know how to play to the dreams of server farm admins who spend all day in overgrown shell scripts and impenetrable acronyms.