Apple has made new inroads into the government sector in Australia, having landed a deal with the federal governmentis Australian Sports Commission (ASC). Australian newspaper The Age reports that the deal includes 42 terabytes of storage through 14 Xserve RAIDs, and 5 Xserve G5s to control them. From The Age:
The deal is on Appleis 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 is elite athletes and provide vastly improved information services to sports."
Thereis more information in the full story about the deal, exactly how these computers will be used, and other background information.