Stories by IDG staff

  • Australia VoIP policy framework announced

    The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, has announced the government will support the introduction of a new telecoms number range to facilitate the development of VoIP services.

  • New iPod thinner, cheaper and has a 12-hour battery

    Newsweek has posted its cover feature on Appleā€™s unannounced latest version of its digital-music player. It shows the fourth-generation iPod to be something of a hybrid of the iPod and its 4GB iPod mini sibling.

  • Buyers looking to larger vendors

    With IT budgets tight, most CIOs are consolidating purchases with larger vendors with strong brands and the ability to provide a variety of products and services, a survey has found.

  • HP to raise services stakes

    Hewlett-Packard is looking to leverage its services organisation to help enterprises reduce the costs and complexity of IT infrastructures.

  • Senate snubs e-mail snooping law

    The Australian Senate has rejected a proposal that would have forced Internet service providers (ISPs) to assist law enforcement agencies to snoop on e-mails.

  • SAP to resell Oracle9i on HP AlphaServers

    Software provider SAP AG will resell and distribute Oracle's Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters under the terms of a three-year deal. The companies say they will provide support to joint customers. The SAP software using Oracle9i RAC will be available within six months for SAP customers using Hewlett-Packard's HP AlphaServer systems running Tru64 Unix.

  • IDC: Few opting to increase hosting services

    A recent IDC survey found that only 5 per cent of respondents plan to increase their purchase of hosting services. That likely means future service provider spending will be focused on new services such as managed storage or application management, IDC says.

  • IBM improves performance of tape drives

    IBM last week bolstered its tape products to give users more back-up capacity and improved performance. IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3590 Model H uses a new magnetic recording head that increases the capacity of the drive by 50 per cent over older versions of the product.