Networking companies plunder ex-3Com
Besides networking products, 3Com looks like it is providing the industry with a healthy stable of sales personnel. The latest news comes from Sitara Networks, which has appointed ex-3Com channel manager Rosemary Burton as Sitara's national account manager. Sitara's regional director, Rob Forsyth, also previously of 3Com fame, claims Burton will be heading up Sitara's premier partner scheme through distributor LAN Systems, as well as support Sitara's greater channel.
In the meantime, 3Com's networking competitor in the SME SOHO space, Netgear, has appointed former 3Com employee Mark Churchill as national account manager.
Under this role, Churchill will be responsible for Netgear's reseller and customer accounts, as well as developing new marketing initiatives.
Geni teams up to put out network fires in NZ
Formerly known as Wang, Geni New Zealand has teamed up with thin client software developer Citrix to strike a deal with the New Zealand Fire Service.
Using Citrix's MetaFrame product, Geni has rolled out the system which will link all NZ Fire Service's sites across the country, and will enable more than 9600 paid and volunteer firefighters to access critical information over a wide area network (WAN).
Using an application server-computing model, Geni has given more than 1600 paid firefighters and 438 management and administrative staff access to its central information systems and the latest desktop applications.
Marconi to buy Mariposa for integrated access
Access and switching equipment maker Marconi plans to buy access-device vendor Mariposa Technology for $US268 million.
The deal will give Marconi integrated-access devices that sort customer traffic by priority and place it on a single link from customer sites to service-provider networks.
Mariposa's devices are ATM-based, as are Marconi switches from its previous acquisition of Fore Systems. But Marconi also has some IP-based integrated access device (IAD) products, so the combination will give service providers the flexibility to choose either, depending on their needs. Marconi plans to have all the devices managed by its ForeThought software.
Marconi already had a relationship with Mariposa, reselling Mariposa's ATX-50 and ATX-150 IADs, respectively, as the Fore SE 420 and SE 440. That relationship started in May.
The deal is expected to close next month.