NewsByte 13 August 2001

IBM's Enterprise Storage Server Tightens the Supply Chain at Hannaford

IBM today announced that supermarket retailer Hannaford Bros Co. has chosen the TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (code named "Shark") to streamline and optimise its warehouse-to-storefront supply chain operation. Hannaford, which owns and operates 112 supermarkets throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, selected the Enterprise Storage Server to support two of its business critical applications-a warehouse management system and an order entry and store inventory system--which are run on an IBM mainframe. The 3.3 terabyte Shark displaced two EMC boxes in Hannaford's data centre, and is now serving as the primary repository for the company's on-line data. With IBM providing an enhanced data storage infrastructure, Hannaford has realised significant improvements in the performance and functionality of its supply chain operations, Homa added. More than 400 Hannaford employees rely upon direct and efficient access to data and information available on the Enterprise Storage Server. The company plans to have the Enterprise Storage Server networked in a storage area network (SAN) environment to extend the sharing, protection and availability of critical data.