Services Briefs: IBM GSA, VeriSign

Services Briefs: IBM GSA, VeriSign

RACV signs multi-million dollar outsourcing deal

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), has signed a multi-million-dollar five-year outsourcing deal with IBM Global Services. The agreement will see IBM hosting RACV mainframe applications and managing its mid-range environment and applications. IT&T general manager, Charles Burgess, said the deal was part of the RACV transformation to an “on-demand” IT environment where cost and capacity was linked to usage. “We are moving away from owning our own IT infrastructure,” he said. We would prefer to access IT as a service and pay for it based on the computing resources we use in each of our individual businesses in an on-demand hosting environment.”

VeriSign ignores ICANN, faces new suit

Internet infrastructure company, VeriSign, has rejected a request from ICANN to suspend a service that redirects Internet users who have mistyped domain names. Instead, the company is forming a committee to assess the issues raised by the new service, called Site Finder, and find ways to address technical issues. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requested VeriSign suspend the controversial “wildcarding” service, which was introduced last month. VeriSign is capitalising on user confusion to direct Web browsers to the sites of VeriSign customers instead of others who might benefit from the mistypes. To counter the Site Finder effect, website owners would be forced to register every misspelled version of their domain name to prevent losing customers to paid links provided by Site Finder, according to Go Daddy Software, which has filed a lawsuit against VeriSign.

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