Connectivity Briefs: Pacific Internet, Cisco Systems, StorageTek

Connectivity Briefs: Pacific Internet, Cisco Systems, StorageTek

ISP offers free WebCam

Pacific Internet is attempting to lure customers with the offer of a free Creative Video Blaster WebCam valued at $89 to clients that sign up for a 12-month dial-up access plan. It will apply to a range of the company's 56Kbps dial-up connection plans, designed to meet the requirements of small business or the home user. Customers who want to take up Pacific Internet's special offer but do not have the minimum system requirements can take advantage of the optional three months free connectivity.

Cisco Systems shows slight improvement

Still hurting from a tough economic climate and relatively slow IT spending, Cisco saw a slight recovery in sales for the quarter to October 27, but overall revenue and profits were well below year-earlier numbers. The network equipment giant reported $US4.4 billion in revenue for the period. This marks a 3 per cent sequential increase over the previous quarter, though it is markedly below the $6.5 billion in revenue for the same quarter last year. The company actually lost money when all charges were taken into account. Including charges related to acquisitions, investments and inventory costs, the company reported a net loss of $US268 million. Although the service provider segment remained flat in the first quarter, the government, retail and healthcare markets showed signs of increased spending, president and CEO John Chambers said.

New MD at StorageTek

The changes keep coming for StorageTek, this time in the form of a new managing director. On the way out is 20-year StorageTek veteran Martin Hall, who will be replaced by Philip Belcher. Belcher, a former Cisco Systems sales director, is no stranger to the MD role, or the channel for that matter, having led Datacraft from 1995-98. According to StorageTek, Hall resigned "to pursue personal business opportunities"

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