Wellington supercomputing firm scoops awards

BIG NIGHT: Chris Ichter from Microsoft, Viv Morresey from GreenButton, GreenButton developer George Pollard, GreenButton chief technology officer Dave Fellows, National MP Nikki Kaye and Microsoft New Zealand managing director Paul Muckleston.
BIG NIGHT: Chris Ichter from Microsoft, Viv Morresey from GreenButton, GreenButton developer George Pollard, GreenButton chief technology officer Dave Fellows, National MP Nikki Kaye and Microsoft New Zealand managing director Paul Muckleston.

Wellington supercomputing start-up GreenButton won three Microsoft New Zealand partner awards at a ceremony in Auckland last night.

Its chief technology officer Dave Fellows won solutions architect of the year, and the company was named BizSpark partner of the year and jointly won software exporter of the year with Auckland cinema software firm Vista Entertainment Solutions.  

GreenButton's application can be built into software products and lets computer users access supercomputer power at the click of a button as they need it and without having to invest in their own systems. It has teamed up with Microsoft to use its cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, to provide the processing power.

Other firms to scoop up awards last night include Wellington Microsoft developer Intergen, Wellington IT services firm Datacom, online business consultancy Provoke and Telecom's IT services firm Gen-i.

In July, GreenButton was named as the global winner of the Windows Azure independent software vendor partner of the year award.

It said in August it was working with Disney's animation giant Pixar to make its movie rendering software available to anyone over the web.

GreenButton investors include the Government's Venture Investment Fund, Movac founder Phil McCaw, and Datacom founder and rich-lister John Holdsworth.

Its founder and chief executive is former Weta Digital head of technology Scott Houston and its chairman is Fonterra's former chief information officer Marcel van den Assum.

Former Sun Microsystems executive Mark Canepa is also a shareholder and director.

The Dominion Post