Stories by Richard Noone

Validate secures apps with new partnership

Victorian-based Validate Technologies has become the exclusive distributor for a new suite of products designed to secure the application layer of databases, groupware and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

CR-X takes Bate, launches telco software

Sun Microsystems veteran and notable industry figure Russell Bate has joined the board of emerging home-grown telecommunications software developer CR-X. His appointment comes as the Melbourne-based company prepares to springboard its black-box software into the telco and utilities sectors.

SecureNet to manage security at ACCC

ASX-listed SecureNet and software developer Synop have partnered to provide managed security services to the Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission in a six-month deal worth more than $850,000.

DoubleClick hits on channel strategy

DoubleClick will be using resellers for the first time in Australia after unveiling a new strategy which involves employing partners to push its online advertising software.

Skewered Spike in administration

Spike Australia, one of the last bastions of the dot-com era, placed itself in voluntary administration this week after a bid to secure $5.8 million in funding failed to eventuate.

Logical enters managed IP telephony

It was one of the first integrators in Australia to become an IP telephony specialist partner with Cisco Systems in 1997. Five years on and the company is taking that experience a step further with an ambitious plan to offer enterprises a managed IP telephony service for a flat monthly fee.

Volante locks up Police Credit Union deal

Volante Solutions will protect the accounts and transactions of the Queensland Police Credit Union's 36,000 members when it implements a new intrusion-detection system (IDS) from Cisco Systems.

ASG wins TAB contract

Western Australian-based services company ASG (Amcon Solutions Group) has won a lucrative contract with the state's TAB (Totalisator Agency Board) to migrate the betting agency's Oracle systems from a mainframe environment to a mid-range platform.

Hedges hammers storage resellers, starts own company

When he left Computer Associates after a record quarter at the end of last year, his peers were left wondering. Now Lawrence Hedges has kick-started his own storage consultancy business and has come out swinging at what he sees is a lack of storage skills in the channel.

Xbox blazes in weekend rush

There were 9000 fewer Xboxs on retailer's shelves after the first four days of Microsoft's gaming console going on sale.

Government buys on price, corporates on relationship

According to the latest survey of 500 of Australia's largest corporations, price is declining in importance compared to the value add delivered by suppliers. This stands in stark contrast to an equivalent survey of government agencies, which persist with "outdated" procurement policies.

Quantum flirts with disk storage

When is a disk drive not a disk drive? Well, according to Quantum, when it's a tape library. The storage vendor is preparing to release a 3-terabyte disk-based device that emulates a tape library.

Resellers to profit from huge Acer PC deal to schools

Acer Computer Australia has secured a direct deal to supply 21,000 Veriton PCs to the Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET) in Victoria. According to one Acer official, five resellers stand to receive thousands of "flow-on" orders as Victorian schools look to standardise on the Acer brand.

Spool Ltd turns out to be a paper tiger

Hitachi Data Systems last year invested just under $1 million in niche company Spool Limited, which hoped to break into the rich media management market. Today, that investment hangs in the balance, with Spool going into voluntary administration.