NewsByte 6 August 2001

Sit Back and Relax: La-Z-Boy Eases Enterprise Computing with Unisys ES7000 Server

Furniture retailing giant consolidates workload of 12 distributed servers into one mainframe-class enterprise system running Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and SQL Server 2000

Managing enterprise computing at La-Z-Boy will be easier and more cost effective as a result of a new computing solution based on the Unisys e-@ction Enterprise Server ES7000 running Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. The Unisys ES7000 at La-Z-Boy is consolidating the work of 12 commodity Windows-based servers. La-Z-Boy will use the ES7000 to run multiple Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases including the company's service desk, corporate intranet, and systems management software, in addition to managing file and print services and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS). The service desk and systems management applications will process asset management data, information technology (IT) help desk functions and manage a repository of hardware, software and PCs. Over time, La-Z-Boy plans to upgrade its ES7000 system to add more partitions to take advantage of the high performance features such as direct memory access and dynamic partitioning. La-Z-Boy utilises local information technology support for each of its 17 brands and 10 operating divisions across the United States and in four foreign countries. As the demand for computing capacity increased La-Z-Boy faced the challenge of handling larger workloads without increasing the administrative complexities and costs of deploying a cluster of new servers.