McNae steps aside, into new ventures

Most of Murray McNae's newfound time will be spent developing SolNet's opportunities in Australia and new telecomms software tools subsidiary Open Cloud.

Most of former SolNet boss Murray McNae’s newfound time will be spent developing SolNet’s opportunities in Australia and new telecomms software tools subsidiary Open Cloud.

McNae has stepped back to become executive director and chairman. He believes there are significant opportunities in Australia, particularly for iPlanet, with Sydney deals, perhaps slightly closer than Melbourne.

Open Cloud also holds plenty of prospects, McNae says, offshore and domestically. The “bit of a start-up”, which is yet to be publicly launched, was created about a year ago out of a team of SolNet Java developers to build telecommunications tools. “It offers quite exciting possibilities for offshore software sales for what we’re developing. It now needs more management focus to drive that internationally. That’s again a contributing factor to me stepping away from the domestic company of SolNet and focusing on [ventures such as] Open Cloud.”

Open Cloud’s website says it produces platform-independent technology based on open standards such as JAIN and J2EE that is intended to be the foundation for highly scalable and fault-tolerant server-based applications and communication services. Products in development include Savanna, a scalable fault-tolerant server technology, and Project Rhino, a carrier-grade application server that integrates internet, wireless and network technologies.

McNae says SiliconBlue, the Masterton-based venture developing Ocoloco, “an operating system for the internet”, on whose board he sits, doesn’t yet take up much of his time. He has also joined the board of his son’s local school and hopes to “squeeze in” a bit more golf.

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