IBM Announces Comprehensive New Thin Client Solutions

Hannaford Supermarkets Capitalize on Linux-Based Thin Clients

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 31 Oct 2001: IBM today announced the most comprehensive set of changes to its line-up of NetVista thin clients in more than two years, creating a new suite of products that leverage the Linux operating system and fit seamlessly with IBM's existing thin client family.

The new line-up is designed to help simplify the management of thin clients, help lower overall solution costs, and take advantage of multiple IBM resources including client hardware, software, servers, networks, services, consulting and financing. IBM's new NetVista thin client offerings include new server-based systems management software, new choices in client software using Linux, new devices, and new thin client consulting, support and implementation services.

The thin client model enables organizations to shift applications, file storage and processing tasks away from the desktop and consolidate them on Internet-based or internal servers. This can simplify application deployment and management, reducing the amount and complexity of hardware and software needed at the desktop.

Hannaford, an operating unit of Belgium's Delhaize Group with 113 supermarkets in the northeastern United States, recently implemented a Linux-based IBM NetVista thin client solution. The company's IT challenge is to provide more timely and accurate information to each of its retail stores, so that they have the right product in the right store at the right time to sell it.

"Our retail stores can now access data center applications using inexpensive NetVista thin clients, which enable us to do what we used to do with PCs but with less management and a much lower total cost of ownership," says Bill Homa, senior vice president and Chief Information Officer of Hannaford. "NetVista thin clients support both my browser-based and 3270 terminal applications, and our model was preconfigured with Linux to make it easy to get up and running quickly."

Hannaford's solution includes a dedicated, high-speed ATM network connecting one IBM eServer pSeries server in each retail store with a central IBM eServer zSeries server at Hannaford headquarters in Scarborough, Maine. NetVista thin clients run local applications in each store.

Homa says Linux is an ideal operating system for Hannaford because it is extremely stable, places very little load on local servers, provides access to key Hannaford applications right out of the box, and is available free or at very low cost. It is also supported by IBM servers, storage and thin clients, and IBM Global Services provided thin client set up and configuration services. "We're now rolling out more Linux thin clients than PCs, which is a dramatic switch," Homa says.

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