The network computer is coming to town.
Oracle has formed a partnership with Australian company Conexus and Uniden to bring to the Australasian market a range of products supporting Oracle's network computing architecture (NCA).
"It's not vapour---ware — we have stocks of hardware and software today," says Oracle e-commerce business development manager Carl Bra-den.
Conexus will bundle and distribute two introductory network computer packages, known as Jump-Start. It will distribute the network computer software created by Oracle affiliate Network Computer (NCI) through-out Australasia.
The JumpStart packages are combinations of hardware and software. JumpStart 5 is designed for customers with an existing server capable of supporting the architecture, and includes all necessary software and smartcards from NCI, along with five Uniden NC desktop machines.
JumpStart 8 follows NCI's "network in a box" concept, offering everything required to create a turnkey network for eight users.
Conexus managing director Bernard Collin says he will be looking for suitable New Zealand resellers — two or three — as soon as possible to train and to resell the product. "If any company thinks it is suitable it should contact us," he says.
He expects the reseller arrangements to be in place within a month or two.
"At the moment, we will ship via Uniden."
Oracle and Conexus will jointly market the NC and expect to set up a demonstration centre in New Zealand.
"We're looking for corporates which can be seed sites for reference."
The Uniden NC1000 will cost $A1200 — directly convertible to New Zealand currency — and there's an extra $A250 for the operating system and basic applications. The operating system will contain a Java virtual machine (JVM), Netscape browser and a second JVM compiled by NCI.
Collin says Conexus will later be able to offer Lotus e-Suite, and a word processing package — Star Office — from Germany, which has the look and feel of Microsoft Word.
The network computer is currently being deployed worldwide. "We are in step with the rest of the world," says Braden.
Conexus can be contacted at 0061-2-9975 2799 or at www.conexus.com.au.