NEWS ROUND-UP: Kroll Ontrack, Express Online, SoftLayer, Resolve and Juniper Networks
- 14 December, 2011 16:40
Kroll Ontrack and TES-AMM team to support Queensland skills and recycling initiative
Technology services and solutions provider, Kroll Ontrack, has teamed with TES-AMM, Australia’s ethical e-waste recycler and part of the global TES-AMM Group, to support two Queensland schools with a community recycling initiative.
Goodna State Special School and the Western Suburbs State Special School in Brisbane, both focused on teaching students with disabilities, have implemented computer recycling as part of their senior ‘Work Skills Program,’ with all funds from the sale of computer drive commodities going back to the schools as part of their fundraising programs.
Kroll Ontrack will provide the collection points for computer recycling, organise the computer hard drives to be delivered to the schools and supplies all necessary tools and an engineer to train the work centre staff who teach the students how to dismantle the drives. Western Suburbs State School principal, Peter McGill, said, “Our senior students benefit from this program on many levels. They learn new skills, play an important role in the community recycling process, and with the funds the recycling generates, we are able to provide extra services and opportunities for all students in the school.” Kroll Ontrack general manager of Asia-Pacific, Adrian Briscoe said that through this initiative, the company is hoping to encourage other businesses around Australia to partner with their local school communities to implement IT recycling programs. Express Online announces trans-Tasman Huawei Enterprise business unit Express Online has set up a dedicated Huawei business unit to support Huawei’s expansion into the enterprise market in A/NZ. The dedicated Huawei business unit will be headed up by Huawei Enterprise A/NZ business manager, Vaughan Nankivell. Nankivell, who was previously Exol’s general manager of corporate and enterprise based in Auckland, has over 25 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications markets. Prior to joining Exol in 2010, Nankivell was A/NZ regional manager for Kingston Technologies.
Huawei’s Australian Enterprise Channels team will be led by general manager Gavin Milton-White while its New Zealand Channels Enterprise team will be led by John Hill.
Milton-White has had 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, holding executive roles in Avaya, Shoretel and Ericsson.
Hill has held a range of sales management roles across Ericsson, Gen-i and Telecom New Zealand, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Also appointed at Huawei in Australia is Daniel Lin who is the Enterprise Business Group director across the trans-Tasman markets. “Huawei’s Enterprise business unit is expected to see unprecedented growth over the coming year and our partnership with Exol is key to that success across A/NZ,” Lin said. The dedicated Huawei-focussed team at Exol consists of a Sydney-based business development manager, Mark Rook, an Auckland-based business development manager, Anton DuPreez and an Auckland-based technical sales consultant, Jo Vooght.
SoftLayer and RightScale partner to enhance Cloud infrastructures
Cloud services provider, SoftLayer, has announced its global partnership with Cloud management platform, RightScale.
As part of this partnership, SoftLayer’s customers will be able to deploy, automate and manage their toughest computing workloads utlising RightScale Cloud management on SoftLayer’s public and private Cloud infrastructure.
The partnership will also provide customers with access to the RightScale Multi Cloud Marketplace that includes pre-built cloud Server Templates, scripts and architectures published by RightScale, ISV, and SI partners.
SoftLayer has a global footprint of 13 datacentres and are looking to open their Australian datacentre in early 2012.
Resolve appointed to WA Government ICT CUA
Australian dynamic case management solution provider, Resolve, has been appointed to the Western Australian (WA) Government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Common Use Agreement (CUA) 14008.
The CUA 14008 is an agreement for all WA public authorities purchasing ICT services and allows government buyers to procure services from suitably qualified and experienced consulting organisations. Resolve successfully qualified under both the ICT Project Management and Business Solution Services categories which include the establishment, implementation, management, maintenance and support of corporate applications. According to Resolve CEO, Chris Morison, the WA market is essential for the company’s growth as it expects to see more growth in that market with the company’s expansion.
“This is a major step forward for us in this region and allows government departments to work with Resolve to directly procure our services,” he said.
Kmart picks Juniper Networks for new switching infrastructure
Networking vendor, Juniper Networks, recently announced that Kmart is replacing its local area network infrastructure with Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches to support more than 180 stores across A/NZ, as well as Kmart’s distribution centers and head office in Melbourne.
The new switches will enable the company to significantly reduce its projected total cost of ownership (TCO) for its network switching infrastructure over the next five years.
Kmart will roll out the EX Series switches at all locations in the region under a comprehensive IT life-cycle management program.
Kmart IT technical services manager, Gary Trotter, said, “Our IT strategy is aimed at driving down IT costs by focusing on solutions that meet functional requirements while delivering a low TCO. We need a network that can support a wide variety of applications while requiring limited management support.”
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