Australasia takes lead in NC distribution

Australasia takes lead in NC distribution

Australasia is taking the lead in the distribution of Oracle-based Network Computers (NCs), with the two-tiered structure adopted locally, the first of its kind in the world.

According to company officials, Oracle affiliate Network Computer Inc (NCI) will soon follow the example of the Australasian subsidiary and move to a channel model in the US and Europe.

NCI recently announced a partnership with Conexus and Uniden to distribute a range of products supporting Oracle's Network Computing Architecture (NCA) to the Australasian market.

"The partners in this consortium each possess the attributes required to make NCs a success in Australasia," Pascal Grant, head of Oracle's electronic commerce and network computing division, said last week. "Conexus is at the forefront of thin-client technology and has been working with network computers in Australia for two years now."

Grant added: "Meanwhile, Uniden has a proven ability to build high-quality products in volume and has made a major manufacturing commitment to the NC market."

Conexus has released two introductory NC packages, bundling NCI NC Desktop and NC Administration Server software with its hardware.

The first, dubbed JumpStart, is designed for customers with an existing server capable of supporting NCA. It incorporates the NCI software and NC smartcards with five Uniden NC1000 desktop NCs.

Meanwhile, JumpStart 8 adopts NCI's "Network in a Box" concept, offering eight Uniden NC1000 machines, NCI's software and smartcards, hubs and cables. Both packages also include training, installation and initial consulting and support.

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