News Briefs: HP, AAPT, Compaq

News Briefs: HP, AAPT, Compaq

HP reveals storage service

Hewlett-Packard Australia has announced a new consultancy service for organisations looking to move to a storage area network (SAN) or considering an overhaul of their storage strategy.

HP's Australian development team developed the new service, which has been available in Australia for two months. The service is vendor neutral and focuses on both business and technology.

Graham Macumber, HP's business development manager for storage services, said the assessment identifies weaknesses that can potentially affect data manipulation.

AAPT opens $30M centre

A $30 million technology centre has been launched by AAPT to cater for the growing voice, data and Internet needs of Victorian businesses, government departments and residents.

Connected to AAPT's national voice and data network, the centre features advanced telecommunications technology, including fibre optic and local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) transmission equipment, Cisco network equipment, management support systems and a Siemens telephone exchange.

Benefits of the centre include the support of broadband provision to regional areas, the ability to connect Internet service providers directly to the Southern Cross network, and the doubling of voice and data switches in Melbourne.

Compaq claims storage lead

EMC, which has long proclaimed itself the data storage market leader, was miffed last week over Compaq's statements that two research firms report that it now dominates the storage market place.

According to a statement, Compaq said market data recently released by International Data Corp (IDC) and Dataquest confirms that it has taken the lead in the storage market in eight of 12 categories, including storage area networks (SAN).

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