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IBM Places Largest Netfinity Server Order Ever in Europe with Banca Popolare Di Milano

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PARIS - 25 May 1999: ... IBM said today it has shipped the largest European order ever for its Netfinity line of Intel-based servers, placing 480 systems with Banca Popolare di Milano, one of the biggest co-operative banks in
Italy.

The bank will use the Netfinity 7000 -- the line's high end. They will be combined with IBM's DB2 Universal Database, Lotus Notes, Tivoli network management software and customised software to upgrade all the firm's 480 branches. This new information technology infrastructure is aimed at improving current customer services while attracting new customers, a bank spokesman said.

Roberto Bianchi, the bank's systems and technology manager, said Netfinity was picked from a host of other servers because Banca Popolare di Milano needed systems "we could trust," adding Netfinity has proven "extremely reliable."

Bianchi said they also wanted to standardise on a single hardware platform, so deployments, upgrades or replacements could be handled quickly, "and with little or no disruption to branch activities."

IBM's Netfinity line ranges from the low-cost Netfinity 1000 to the high-end Netfinity 7000. According to IDC, a European-wide IT consulting firm, sales to end-users of Netfnity grew year-to-year by 51 percent 1998 over 1997, and in the first quarter of this year, as compared to the first quarter of last year, sales to end-users grew by 98 percent.

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