Network storage solutions provider, Network Appliance, is opening an office in Canberra.
The initiative is primarily to support the company's recently awarded Preferred Supplier status by the Department of Defence, for open network information storage systems and related software and services, a company statement said.
Under the contract, Network Appliance expects to install its Filer storage systems at some 150 Defence sites across Australia, over a three-year period.
Michael Burnie, Australia and New Zealand managing director for Network Appliance, said "the size, complexity and 'open-all-hours' nature of this major new win makes it essential that we have people on the ground in Canberra, full time."
"The Department of Defence has high expectations of suppliers -- and rightly so -- and we want to be on their doorstop in order to be able to do the best possible job for them," Burnie said.
Burnie said Network Appliance's new permanent presence in Canberra, "together with the already established presence of ASI Solutions -- our partner in the winning of this contract -- will ensure a smooth and non-disruptive rollout, and the highest levels of ongoing support".
The rollout commenced late-November and NetApp Filers have already been delivered to a number of Defence sites across Australia.