Squeeze on at NAB
NAB is consolidating more than 20 data centres into two, with a new 2000-square-metre facility built by Digital Realty to open in Melbourne this week. The bank plans to save $22 million and cut energy consumption by 40 per cent over a decade. The Deer Park data centre will house NAB's internal cloud, an on-demand IT platform built by IBM.
Java tax problems
An Apple block on Java software designed to increase security has caused tax headaches for businesses dealing online with the Australian Tax Office. The ATO has reported receiving calls from businesses unable to lodge activity statements. It has issued instructions on how to update the software on its website.
Complaints on rise
Complaints over cybersquatting rose 4.3 per cent in 2012, according to analysis by global domain registrar Melbourne IT. Most of the complaints - by brands such as Apple, Dyson, Ikea, IBM, Intel, Lego, McDonald's and Pfizer - were upheld by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act was enacted in the US in 1999 to curb trademark violation.