Analyst group Gartner has warned that the IT services sector in Australia is due to consolidate as too many players have jumped on the services bandwagon. Ironically it was the likes of Gartner that were advising hardware companies and resellers two years ago that they should reinvent themselves as service providers. IT services and software were the two industries that were most promising, but now it seems too many companies took their advice. The analyst group still expects a compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent for the IT services sector but warned that everybody from telcos to hardware suppliers and banks are trying to compete for the same business.
Gen-i manages pathology
New Zealand Internet integrator gen-i has secured a contract with Sydney-based Mansfield Pathology to deploy a laboratory management system that can track up to 1,000 medical testing requests daily. The system is designed to improve efficiency and speed up response time in processing emergency medical tests. Consolidated pathology labs, which are a collection of several laboratories all testing for different things, are replacing traditional pathology labs.
B&R offers remote backup
New Zealand-based storage management startup B&R Holdings has announced a new service that enables corporate users to back up and recover data via the Internet. Customers download the client software free and then pay around $NZ35 per month for 250MB of compressed storage, which is stored at B&R's data warehouses. The data is secured using a 448-bit encryption key across the Net. The service is designed to make corporate backups easier and more cost-effective without tying up network bandwidth, backup tapes and physical storage. B&R is also looking to franchise the service to other resellers which could then brand the service as one of their own.