Stories by Hamish Barwick

Datastor hitches up with SNIA as a partner

Datastor has become the first local partner of the ANZ Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Based in the US with chapters globally, SNIA is an association of storage and information management vendors, channel partners and end-users who are interested in promoting the use of storage networking and information management.

Harvey Norman names new general manager

Consumer electronics retailer Harvey Norman has picked Anna Johnson, the proprietor of its Wairau Park megastore, as its new local general manager. She will begin in the position next week. Outgoing general manager Luke Naish says Johnson is the logical successor.

Cash-rich Xero posts net loss

Xero posted a net loss of $1.7 million in the six months to September 30 according to unaudited financial results released last week. While Xero has a cash balance of $12.6 million, it earned just $24,000 from 204 paid subscribers to its online accounting service in this period.

Commvault coy on change to local distributors

Two months after becoming Commvault’s second local distributor, Value Added Distributors (VAD) looks set to become its sole representative here from next month, as the data management vendor cuts its ties with Datastor.

Sales method update with new F5 programme

Arming partners with fresh sales strategies is the motivation behind F5 releasing a web-based, partner solution training programme. Regional sales director Michael Dodds says F5 will be releasing the programme in New Zealand in early December.

Paul Plester's love affair with ongoing change

Anyone who has dreamed of working with big noisy planes would be envious of Paul Plester’s first career. The Express Data general manager of sales and marketing joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force at 16 to train as an avionics technician.

Symantec set to expand Vontu

Symantec plans to expand Vontu, the US-based data loss prevention products company it is buying for US$350 million (NZ$400 million), internationally. However, the company says it is too soon to say if this includes New Zealand.