Services Briefs: Alphawest, WebCentral, EMC and Dell

Services Briefs: Alphawest, WebCentral, EMC and Dell

Alphawest signs up foursticks

Network software vendor, Foursticks, has signed a reseller agreement for technology solutions provider Alphawest to implement its NP gateway software on Sun LX50 servers. Alphawest General Manager, Alan Thomas, said the agreement would extend the depth of its technology solutions offerings into an area that was previously dominated by first generation, hardware-based solutions. “The IP network is a competitive environment where key applications are frequently swamped by uncontrolled use,” Foursticks’ strategic alliance director, Byron Riessen said. Alphawest will distribute Foursticks NP Gateway Australia-wide to major corporate and government customers. The first customer under the new agreement is South Australia’s Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs.

Complex drives growth

Increased interest in its managed exchange solution and growth in its Complex division has helped Brisbane-based WebCentral post a 22 per cent growth in revenues for the second half of 2002. Total revenues of $12.8 million produced an after tax profit of $609,000. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 41 per cent to $2.65 million from the same period in 2001. WebCentral CEO, Lloyd Ernst, said 200 companies took up the Managed Microsoft Exchange Server during the period.

EMC, Dell release faster gear

Organisations that rely on cumbersome, slow-to-retrieve tape-based storage for protecting their data will now be able to back it up and restore it faster with inexpensive disk-based storage arrays, according to EMC and Dell. EMC has opted to put low-cost Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) drives into its Clariion storage systems as an option alongside current Fiber Channel drives in the US. EMC along with its storage partner Dell would make the drives available in the Clariion CX400 and CX600 mid-range storage arrays.

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