Stories by Stuart Corner

HPE’s ‘The Machine’: Is this the future of computing?

Meet Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s vision of the future of computing. It’s called simply ‘The Machine’. It’s a radical departure from today’s computer architecture that is being developed HPE’s R&D arm, Hewlett Packard Labs, to deal with the conflicting trajectories of computing hardware and software.

Hyperscale networking vendor Big Switch launches in Australia

Big Switch Networks — a US startup that develops software-defined networking technology for data centres that bills itself as a “disruptor of traditional Ethernet switching” — has formally launched its operations in Australia and named Mario Vecchio as managing director of Asia Pacific, based in Melbourne.

Visa seeks innovative payment applications

Global credit card company, Visa, is staging a competition for Australian and New Zealand for startups that can develop innovative applications using Visa APIs “to solve business challenges and bring new ideas to payments.”

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise debuts pay-per-use networking in Australia and New Zealand

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, the former enterprise communications arm of Alcatel-Lucent, now majority owned by Chinese company Huaxin, has chosen Australia and New Zealand as the first countries, along with Singapore, in which to launch a new business model for providing enterprise fixed and wireless local area network services, dubbed Network On Demand (NOD).

PICA scraps in-house IT systems, taps Urbanise for cloud

Prudential Investment Company of Australia (PICA), one of Australia’s largest property management companies, is scrapping all its in-house IT systems and moving to a cloud-based solution from ASX-listed property management software company, Urbanise.

Cloudera: Riding an IoT-driven big data wave

Cloudera, which provides a distribution of Apache Hadoop and associated services, says it is doubling business annually on the back of growth in the use of Hadoop to analyse the massive volumes of data being generated by connected ‘things’ of all kinds.

Ericsson will offer 5G features from next year

Standards for the next generation of cellular technology that will support multigigabit bandwidths are yet to be finalised and commercial deployments in Australian networks are unlikely before 2021, but Ericsson has announced upgrades to 4G networks that will enable network operators to offer some 5G features from 2017.

ServiceNow looks beyond ITSM to customer service management

ServiceNow started life as an IT service management (ITSM) company. Today it’s a company with a US$1 billion turnover whose cloud-based platform “provides service management for every department in the enterprise including IT, human resources, facilities, field service and more.”

Bandwidth a big driver of economic success, says McKinsey & Co

Gustav Grundin, an associate principle in McKinsey & Co’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice in Asia, claims there is a very close correlation between a nation’s economic performance and its level of connectivity, and says that connectivity is the driver of economic performance.