TAB bets on HDS
Wagering company, TAB Limited, has broadened its technology infrastructure with the purchase of a storage and connectivity solution from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). Tab has acquired two Lightning 9980(tm)Vs, and a SAN fabric made up of Cisco’s 9216 fibre channel switches. The new system has been installed in separate data centres in Sydney to support two mainframes, 20 mid-range servers and 300 smaller servers supporting up to 900 desktops. It has also recently introduced new facilities via the Internet, speech recognition and other voice functionality. TAB CIO, Ken Doughty, said the purchase was made because the company was seeking a system to support both mainframes, and the family of open systems which was driving much of the need for increased storage.
Telstra upgrades the west
Telstra has spent $1.1 million upgrading telecommunication services in WA. Cable and infrastructure were upgraded in more than 100 projects. Telstra claims this will improve service reliability, provide access for future technologies and increase capacity for future growth. The projects include a $376,000 upgrade at Rolling Green to replace lightening impaired cable and a $79,000 upgrade at Bidaminna to replace faulty cable and provide improved Internet capacity. Telstra Country Wide area general manager for the mid-west, Colin Miles, said the upgrades were funded from the national $187 million boost to improve the rural telecommunications network, announced last year. He claimed the projects would ensure customers enjoyed a more reliable phone and internet service.