Services Briefs: Telstra, Symmetrix, CA

Services Briefs: Telstra, Symmetrix, CA

Telstra wins Woolies deal

Telstra has won a five-year contract to upgrade and manage telecommunications systems for Woolworths in Australia and New Zealand. Under the terms of the agreement Telstra will provide fixed and mobile voice services, upgrade existing ISDN/DDS networks with IP technology and manage more than 6,000 devices including routers, LAN hubs and switches and wireless LAN. The value of the deal has not been disclosed but Roger Corbett, group managing director and CEO of Woolworths, said he expected it to deliver “immediate and significant” savings, enhance efficiency and provide access to innovative technology.

Symmetrix on launch pad

The battle for market share in the storage industry is likely to intensify as EMC reportedly prepares to launch the latest version of its high-end storage system, Symmetrix, next month. The anticipated February release of the Symmetrix product will be the first update to the line since 2000. Last month EMC’s CTO Mark Lewis said the company intended to revamp its entire line of products. And with the complete re-haul of the modular Clariion line last year, and the recent introduction of the Centera line, the Symmetrix update is about the only logical conclusion onlookers have come up with for an announcement scheduled in early February.

SAN is the word

Computer Associates International is shipping a management application it boasts will centralise and simplify administering heterogeneous storage-area networks (SAN). The BrightStor SAN Manager is being pitched as a product with an easy-to-use graphical interface that monitors systems performance and can serve up warnings in case of performance degradation or other events. SAN Manager also can plug into a wide variety of hardware systems from vendors such as EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

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