Metro deploys virtualized server landscape and flexible storage environment for optimum performance

Published on 30 Oct 2012

Thanks to our IBM solution, we have achieved our aims of shrinking business risk, operational expenditure, and disaster recovery time. Looking to the future, we predict that our new-found ability to rapidly orchestrate and reallocate resources will offer us the business agility we need to continue driving business growth.

Michel Saindon, Team Leader Centralized Systems, Metro Inc.


Consumer Products

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With more than 60 years’ experience in the food industry, Metro Inc. operates a network of more than 600 food stores and 250 pharmacies under a variety of brand names. The majority of stores are found in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Metro employs around 65,000 people.

Business need
As Metro grew organically and through acquisitions, its total data processing workload was continuously increasing. Following a large corporate acquisition, Metro found that its existing IT landscape, running multiple, separate systems, had become too expensive to administer and maintain effectively.

The Metro team developed a strategic plan to integrate, centralize and consolidate its information management and IT systems, and reduce complexity in its IT environment. To do so, Metro chose to eliminate non-standard servers and migrate the acquired companies’ systems to its IBM Power Systems environment.

Reduced business risk; increased IT department efficiency; reduced operational costs; increased business agility; improves future readiness.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

AIX, IBM Security Identity Manager, IBM i, PowerVM, Tivoli Storage Manager

Power 770, Power Systems, z Systems, z Systems : z10 Systems Business Class (z10 BC), Storage

IBM-SAP Alliance

Business Integration, Business Resiliency, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Smarter Computing, Transformational Account, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

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