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RTA rolls out $1.3m server deal

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has signed a $1.3 million contract with Getronics for 400 servers at 170 sites. Getronics, which maintains the RTA's servers in its motor registries, will supply and install the servers to RTA locations in NSW by the end of October. In August, 180 of the servers, which are content engines (Web servers), were deployed to support the RTA's compulsory test for new drivers, the Driver Hazard Perception Test. For this part of the rollout, Getronics installed the slimline (1RU) Sun Netra X1 rack-mounted appliance. The Web servers will be integrated into each of the RTA motor registries' IT infrastructures.

Macromedia portalises Agriculture Department The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (AFFA) has launched an agricultural portal and department Web site developed using ColdFusion from Macromedia. The site is designed to provide the agricultural industry with a central repository of information and services. AFFA was responsible for ensuring all relevant agencies are well represented on the site including other Commonwealth Government agencies such as Environment Australia, Department of Industry Science and Resources, R&D Corporations and state government agriculture departments. The agriculture portal is one of nine in the initial group of portals under the Government portal framework initiative.

Lotus debuts Sametime 2.5 upgrade

IBM subsidiary Lotus Software Group has released Version 2.5 of its instant messaging software and server, Sametime. Company officials say the upgrade is the result of customer feedback, specifically regarding the need to use Sametime outside the firewall. The upgrade also allows developers to save and store chat sessions by default or by user choice to most database systems. Other users can then query the database to get information from those chat sessions.

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