Retailer strengthens supply chain with IBM systems and services

Linking leading-edge IBM System z servers and existing peripherals yields new efficiencies

Published on 22-Feb-2013

The ESCON to FICON migration solution allowed us to remove bridges and channels without decommissioning the peripherals or having to reload or change the configuration of any of these devices.

IT technical specialist, multinational retailer

Multinational retailer


Deployment country
United Kingdom


Operating in 14 countries as one of the world’s most prominent retailers, this trusted supermarket boasts millions of loyal customers. As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction, the corporation continuously strives to improve its operations in an effort to drive down expenses and remain competitive in the price-sensitive consumer marketplace.

Business need
To maximize enterprise efficiency, a multinational retailer sought a service provider to integrate its Enterprise Systems Connection (ESCON®) peripheral devices with its new IBM® System z® Fibre Connection (FICON®) servers.

The IBM Facilities Cabling Services – ESCON to FICON migration solution connected IBM mainframes to the retailer’s peripherals environment using Optica PRIZM converter technology.

With its additional processing power and converter solution, the retailer can efficiently manage peak trading and new business workloads without the cost of replacing valuable peripheral devices.


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

z Systems : z10 Systems, z Systems: zEnterprise 196 (z196)

GTS ITS Site & Facilities: Facilities Cabling Services

IGF: IT Buyback & Disposal Services (Asset Recovery Solutions), IGF: IT Financing - IBM HW, IGF: IT Financing - IBM Services and Project Financing,

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