News Briefs: Cisco, NEC, Manaccom

News Briefs: Cisco, NEC, Manaccom

Cisco barb wire trick

Cisco Systems launched the Cisco Internet Mobile Office (CIMO) last week, designed to provide the travelling workforce with Web access through wireless devices installed in airports, hotels, conference centres and cafes.

In a PT Barnumesque display, Cisco channels manager Kip Cole demonstrated how Cisco could use the new technology to provide high-speed connections through a range of media, from flat telephone wire, power cable and even barbed wire.

The key to the technology, says Cisco officials, is that it allows IT departments to deploy a single user interface for various types of remote-access connectivity including dial-up, ISDN and broadband.

NEC makes storage play

NEC Business Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Australia, showed it's hand in the storage game last week, revealing a network attached storage (NAS) device and a fault tolerant server designed to round out the company's product offerings.

NEC BS director David Haynes claims the company is trying to shed itself of NEC's legacy image as a "voice" company and move headlong into "solutions". As such, the subsidiary generates 80 per cent of its $300 million annual revenues from services, and only 20 per cent from box sales.


woos resellers

Manaccom has launched a new incentive to encourage resellers to sign on with the software distributor before September 7.

The promotion offers resellers that have never ordered with the company before August 8 , a 40 per cent discount on their first order through Manaccom. To be eligible, resellers must make a minimum order of $250 at cost and supply an ABN and e-mail address. Resellers also need to fill out a new reseller application form. The promotion is only available on the first order and conditions apply. The distributor is hopeful the program will help increase its reseller base.

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