Services Briefs: Government, CA, Quantum

Feds connect Smallville

The Federal Government has put aside more than $1.4 million to establish and operate Community Technology Centres throughout nine regional NSW communities. The centres are designed to allow residents to access online services and training in towns of less than 3,000 residents and local government areas of less than 10,000 people. The funds will go towards computer software and equipment, providing public Internet access, training and business services. The new centres will be established at Bombala, Crookwell, Grenfell, Kyogle, Mangrove Mountain, Old Bar, Pottsville, Tenterfield and Uralla. The funding is the sixth round in the Government's Networking the Nation program.

CA revenue up, losses down

Software and services vendor Computer Associates has announced its second-quarter financial results, posting a net loss of $US52 million on revenue of $772 million. Revenue for the quarter, to September 30, was up 5 per cent compared to the year-ago quarter, and the $52 million loss compares with a net loss of $291 million a year ago. CA president and CEO Sanjay Kumar said that the company "continued to execute well in an extremely challenging technology environment", as the US and world economies remain stagnant, especially in tech markets.

Quantum snaps off NAS

Quantum is spinning off its network-attached storage (NAS) unit as part of a restructuring plan that sees the company focusing on its core tape backup equipment business. A new company, Snap Appliance, will purchase Quantum's NAS assets for $US11.3 million, and take on 40 Quantum NAS personnel, Marije Stijnen, a Quantum spokeswoman, said last week. Although Quantum offered NAS products around the world, Snap Appliance will only sell in North America. "Effective immediately, we no longer deliver NAS products to European and Asia-Pacific distributors," Stijnen said.