Stories by Rodney Gedda

Group goes fishing for Linux

Astronomical maintenance costs have forced the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to migrate off its proprietary Unix systems to commodity Intel servers running Linux. The outcome was a saving of an estimated $45,000 a year with further changes on the agenda.

New iSeries sparks user interest

IBM’s next generation of iSeries mid-range systems, dubbed i5, should be looked at for its virtualization ability and overall reliability, according to Automotive Components Limited’s (ACL) IT development manager Don Johnston.

CIOs loosen cheque books for infrastructure growth

With the spending doldrums fading, IT cheque books are getting a workout as IT leaders look at selectively investing in flexible, efficient infrastructure projects, according to industry analysts and representatives.

BTO the next industry ‘wave’: Mercury

Business technology optimization (BTO) is about managing IT like a business and could well be the next big thing for a recovering IT industry, according to Mercury’s vice president of strategy, Zohar Gilad.

Desktop upgrades

Many of the desktop PCs upgraded to meet Y2K's demands are close to their use-by date; some may even be passed it and wearing bandaid solutions to eke out their days. Rodney Gedda looks at the market.

AMP mitigates IIS SSL exploit

Continuing exploits and Internet Information Services Secure Sockets Layer vulnerabilities have not deterred one of Australia's largest financial institutions from using the Web server.

Broadband timebomb ticks for enterprise networks

A network capacity timebomb with the potential to cripple businesses if left unchecked awaits Australian enterprises, leading industry figures warned last week. It is an impending crisis similar to Telstra's infamous BigPond e-mail fiasco, they said.

BlackBerry wins friends despite support concerns

Telstra’s foray into a mobile office solution with RIM’s BlackBerry handheld device can improve business processes but the telco needs to up support quality, particularly if its enterprise uptake proliferates, according to end users of the service.

Smart Net drops PCs, keyboard and mouse

Enabling people to access computers and collaborate on digital content without using the traditional computer, keyboard or mouse is part of the vision of researchers at the Smart Internet Technology CRC, which launched Project Nightingale this week.