NetComm scores hat-trick of deals

As part of its self-proclaimed "transition" into a "specialist provider of ecommerce and web-based business solutions", data communications provider NetComm has signed three new partnership deals.

NetComm and Linux software developer Whitesmiths Australia plan to develop a Linux-based email server to be marketed as Open Office Server -- a low-cost alternative to the Windows NT server.

Open Office Server will be aimed at Australian small businesses that have a strong need for their own email server -- typically businesses with up to 20 PCs -- but are unable to justify the cost of Windows NT, according to NetComm. Whitesmiths will write the software for the server while NetComm will develop the hardware.

NetComm has also signed a partnership agreement with Melbourne-based ecommerce solutions developer The deal is aimed at "capitalising on the high demand in the SME market for an easy-to-use, affordable and professional ecommerce website builder", according to NetComm.

Under the agreement, NetComm will become the publisher, distributor and support arm for the ShopFactory range of ecommerce software solutions.

NetComm's third partnership is with US-based Security Software Systems in which NetComm will become the Australian publisher of the Cyber Sentinel Internet filtering software program. Cyber Sentinel will be targeted at the corporate, SME, government, education and home PC user markets.

NetComm managing director David Stewart said Open Office, ShopFactory and Cyber Sentinel were world-class products that complemented the company's existing product range, while opening the door to new opportunities.

He also said NetComm would be announcing "significant additional initiatives" including web hosting and the development of a portal.

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