Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

International support next step to a NZ data vault


Media Release
From The Digital Agenda
2 October 2001

International support the next step to a New Zealand data vault

The next step towards making New Zealand an international data security hub is about to take place with two of the main proponents, technology consultant Gary Connolly of The Digital Agenda, and Arjen DeLandgraaf, the New Zealand representative (telecommunications and IT) of NZPECC (New Zealand Pacific Economic Co-operation Council), pitching the idea to APEC.

"We are already seeing a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea here in New Zealand and we now want to start talking with possible international partners, " says Mr Connolly, whose company is backed by Telecom-owned Advanced Solutions.

"Both Arjen DeLandgraaf and I believe that New Zealand is uniquely positioned to implement secure, encrypted data centres for governments and private enterprise from around the world," says Mr Connolly.

"In addition we want to get the message across that New Zealand is a uniquely safe place to conduct ebusiness. This is because New Zealand is not seen as an obvious target either by hackers or terrorists, it has no neighbours, and is geographically quite isolated. Also, we can set up the data vault system in this country more economically than anywhere else in the world.

"And, with the renewed focus on top line security following September 11, we need to move as fast as we can to make all concerned aware of the opportunity to set up a Swiss Bank-type security vault in this country."

Code named 'Project Rock', Mr Connolly says the intention is to locate at least five secure data sites away from New Zealand's main CBDs, with the first centre up and running by the end of the year.

According to Mr Connolly, those who are already backing the formation of the data centres include the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force, the University of Auckland, Massey University, biotechnology company Neuronz, Co-Logic, eSecureIT, Telecom New Zealand and Telecom international, and Top Energy.

Others who have expressed interest in the project are the Ministry of Economic Development, Otago University and Mighty River Power.

Some idea of the scale of storage capacity contemplated can be deduced from the fact that the sixth largest US bank has a database of 500-600 terrabytes. The combined storage capacity of the data centres will be able to handle the total databases of the top 12 banks in the United States.

Mr Connolly says to help facilitate international business participation, call centres will be attached to each of the data centres. "Data storage could become one of New Zealand's biggest export businesses," he says.

Prepared for The Digital Agenda by Core Communications.

ends

For more information contact
Gary Connolly
tel 025 809 601
garyc@agenda.co.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Paymark: Lockdown Equals Slowdown For Some

The three days of lockdown for Auckland earlier this month made a clear impression on our retail spending figures. While only Auckland moved into Level 3 lockdown, the impact was felt across the country, albeit at different levels. Looking at the ... More>>

Infrastructure Commission: Te Waihanga Releases Report On Water Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s latest discussion document highlights the importance of current reforms in the water sector. Its State of Play discussion document about water infrastructure is one of a series looking at the ... More>>

Sci-Tech: Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars – Expert Reaction

NASA has landed a car-sized rover on the red planet to search for signs of past life. The vehicle has more instruments than the four rovers preceding it, and it’s also carrying gear that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars. The ... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: Quarterly Economic Forecast Predicts OCR Hike As Early As August 2022

Predictions of interest rate rises have been brought forward 12 months in ASB’s latest Quarterly Economic Forecast. Chief Economist Nick Tuffley now expects the RBNZ to begin raising the OCR from its current level of 0.25% as early as August ... More>>

ACT: Matariki Almost A Half Billion Dollar Tax On Business

“Official advice to the Government says an extra public holiday at Matariki could cost almost $450 million,” ACT Leader David Seymour can reveal. “This is a perfect example of the Prime Minister doing what’s popular versus what’s responsible. ... More>>

Genesis: Assessing 6,000 GWh Of Renewable Generation Options For Development By 2025

Genesis is assessing 6,000 GWh of renewable generation options for development after starting a closed RFP process with 11 partners. Those invited to participate offer a range of technologies as Genesis continues to execute its Future-gen strategy to ... More>>

OECD: Unemployment Rate Stable At 6.9% In December 2020, 1.7 Percentage Points Higher Than In February 2020

The OECD area unemployment rate was stable at 6.9% in December 2020, remaining 1.7 percentage points above the level observed in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the labour market. [1] In December, the unemployment rate was also stable ... More>>

Stats NZ: Unemployment Drops To 4.9 Percent As Employment Picks Up

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in the December 2020 quarter, from 5.3 percent in the September 2020 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Last quarter’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent followed the largest increase observed ... More>>