Australian gov’t buys Apple Xserve G5 servers, Xserve RAID systems

“Apple Australia has landed a deal within federal government for its storage and server systems by selling 14 RAID storage systems and five Xserve G5 servers to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC),” Rob O’Neill reports for The Age. “The deal is on Apple’s home-turf of multimedia, with the boxes being used for a digital video repository to consolidate access to sports video material. However, it comes on top of other federal government deals with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australian Federal Police and a number of wins in state government and education, including one at Swinburne University.”

“ASC CEO Mark Peters says the repository will ‘provide a means of further enhancing the competitive advantage of Australia ‘s elite athletes and provide vastly improved information services to sports.’ According to a statement, the facility will enable improved performance analysis of athletes; allow collaborative access and the sharing of corporate digital video information; provide much greater storage capacity and ensure greater protection of video data,” O’Neill reports.

Full article here.


  1. Apple only needs to step in in these institutions.
    I hardly see how in few years these installations will fail to inject even more Apple IT solutions.

    Never looked back.

  2. Fourteen RAID storage systems and five Xserve G5 servers don’t exactly signal a sea change in government policy. This seems more like a pilot project.

    Stay tuned for more.

  3. They’re called shrimp as often as they’re called prawns in Australia, Bruce. And the expression is most certainly, “Throw another shrimp on the barbie” – no mention of a prawn !!

    I believe our Attorney General’s Department has for some time been Macintosh users; I remember them buying several thousand a year or two ago.

    St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia.

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