NetApp has announced the deduplication adoption rate among its customers has tripled since November 2007, reaching more than 3500 systems and 100 petabytes of raw storage capacity.
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Former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for TMP Worldwide in the Asia Pacific region, Tim Ebbeck, has formally been appointed CEO for SAP A/NZ.
SAP has launched a purpose-built Australian version of its Business All-in-One enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that can be deployed within six to eight weeks.
Companies struggling to contain explosive data growth rates claim continuing backup problems and poor archiving practices are disrupting business operations and contributing to serious storage issues.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced three initiatives to promote increased consultation, transparency and accountability in its radio frequency spectrum planning and management.
For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, Acer will sell Sun Microsystems server and storage offerings to the local market.
SAP has just signed off on its 1000th Australian customer, touting it as proof of the vendor's success in the small to medium (SME) enterprise category.
Adelaide company Sarugo has won a federal government grant to launch Memory Box, an online backup solution which is said to use only one percent of the storage memory used in solutions that are currently available.
The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) market in Asia (excluding Japan will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 61 per cent between 2006 and 2010, according to Springboard Research.
With his employment contract set to expire in February 2008, Dell Australia managing director, Joe Kremer, has been forced to review his career prospects.
Under pressure to exploit the low cost of consumer hardware, IT managers are being pushed to purchase consumer-class PCs instead of those more suited to business use.
Australian business leads the rest of the world when it comes to green issues and having an environmental policy in place, according to a global survey covering eight countries. The IBM survey interviewed nearly 1400 small and midsized businesses (between 50 and 500 employees) in seven countries and one region. They were Australia, India, France, US, Brazil, Germany, Benelux (Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg), and China, about energy efficiency and environmental concerns. Out of this total, 120 Australian small and medium businesses were surveyed. It found 55 percent of Australian SMEs surveyed have an environmental policy in place, leading the international average of 44 percent. However, 57 percent of Australian SMEs surveyed have not made any changes in their business operations over the past year to reduce energy costs or have plans to make any changes in 2008. In effect, only 33 percent of Australian SMEs interviewed have made changes to reduce energy costs during the past year or plan to during 2008 compared to 47 percent internationally. The top three changes to be made by Australian SMEs in 2008 include turning off all non-essential equipment during business hours, using more energy-efficient IT equipment and purchasing energy-efficient lighting. More than half (58 percent) of Australian SME respondents stated they are concerned about the environment, yet only 38 percent indicated it affects decisions on reducing energy usage compared to 47 percent internationally. In fact, 47 percent of Australian businesses surveyed don't know the percentage of their total energy costs associated with running their IT equipment compared with 33 percent internationally. Earlier this year, IBM Australia commissioned a survey examining the practices and attitudes of large Australian enterprises towards Green IT. Interestingly, the survey found strong similarities between the two markets. For example, when it comes to energy consumption, 43 percent (compared with 47 percent of SMEs) said their organisation's IT department was not aware of its energy usage. Also, 61 percent of enterprises (compared with 55 percent of SMEs) stated that their organisation has an environmental strategy and/or policy that covers IT infrastructure, already in place. Although nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of businesses have an environmental policy or strategy in place, little more than a third of respondents (36 percent) believe the reduction of carbon emissions is a high priority for their business (compared with 38 percent of SMEs). According to Gartner, the global ICT industry accounts for more than two percent of global carbon emissions. Australia's carbon emissions total 522.2 million tonnes per year. Of that, 7.94 million tonnes comes from ICT use by Australian businesses, according to a study released recently by the Australian Computer Society. Those emissions come from technology such as PCs, servers, air-conditioning, mobile phones and printers.
The service oriented architecture (SOA) market in Asia (excluding Japan) is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent right through to 2010, according to new research released today.
The skills shortage will be the main restriction to Australia's ICT (Information and Communications Technology) growth in the long term, according to the latest ICT salary report from Ambition.
While political debate about broadband in Australia is a step forward, the exclusive focus on building network infrastructure is disappointing, according to Communications Alliance CEO Anne Hurley.
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