Queensland is closer to becoming a leading IT centre after the Premier Peter Beattie signed deals with Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Red Hat.
The Queensland Government is also introducing a state-funded technology incubator centre to be opened close to Brisbane's CBD in July 2000.
The Premier said the Brisbane incubator centre would house between 10 and 15 close-to-market technology startups, or up to 65 people.
He said Sun would finance purchases of unlimited computer equipment needed by biotechnology-related research and development organisations operating in Queensland. The Unix workstation and server vendor had already given University of Queensland's Institute of Molecular Bioscience a grant valued at $200,000 to pay for the installation of a 12-CPU supercomputer, Beattie said.
The Sun grant is open to all Queensland organisations conducting biotechnology-related research and operating an enterprise server or high-end graphics workstation, the Premier explained. Applications for Sun grants closed on May 31 2000.
The Premier said Oracle would open a new software development centre in Queensland, Beattie said. With 70 sales and technical staff currently working in Brisbane, Oracle said the development centre would concentrate on financial applications software.
The Premier announced that US open source software company Red Hat would open its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Brisbane. The Brisbane headquarters would attempt to progress Red Hat's Asia Pacific business development, as well as providing sales and marketing, technical support, professional services and engineering functions to Australia, New Zealand, South Asia, Korea, China and India.
Red Hat qualified its choice of Queensland as the regional HQ, because of offered favourable costs and geographic proximity to Asia.