Wal-Mart Chooses IBM's Most Advanced Servers and Storage for Powerful Technology Infrastructure

World's Leading Retailer Using IT to Better Serve More Than 4,000 Retail Stores and Millions of Customers Worldwide

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ARMONK, NY. - 15 Oct 2001: IBM today announced that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has selected IBM Enterprise Storage Servers and IBM eServer z900 mainframes as the backbone of Wal-Mart's worldwide data center infrastructure that serves more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters and SAM's Club facilities and millions of customers worldwide.

Wal-Mart is using the new Enterprise Storage Servers (code named "Shark") and the eServer z900 to create an e-business infrastructure that will more efficiently and quickly handle the data processing, reconciliation, debit and credit transactions, as well as the product replenishment for all of its retail outlets.

"This new IBM technology allows us to have a faster processing time, greater availability of our systems and better systems operation without interruption," said Dan Phillips, vice president, Technology Support and Operations, Wal-Mart. "The IBM Shark and eServer z900 have given us a significant improvement in our processing time, in some cases allowing us to cut our processing time for some jobs by more than half."

This ability to save processing time allows Wal-Mart a faster look at trends in inventory and sales, allowing the retailer an even sharper focus on customer service, its low-price philosophy and international expansion and growth.

"Wal-Mart's unwavering focus on customer service and business efficiency is near legendary in retailing, and they are widely known as visionary leaders in leveraging information technology to achieve those goals. Wal-Mart chose IBM's Shark and eServer z900 servers after rigorous benchmarking that demonstrated their reliability, power and capability," said David Carlucci, general manager, IBM Americas. "As companies transform themselves from businesses to e-businesses, their number one priority is building an IT infrastructure that is powerful enough to do the job now, and flexible enough to grow. Wal-Mart is doing that here."

The IBM "Shark" Enterprise Storage Server
The Enterprise Storage Server is the high-performance disk storage solution from IBM, which is recognized for its leadership in storage systems, software, services and patented technology. Built on the foundation of IBM's Seascape architecture, the Enterprise Storage Server works with a variety of hardware and software technologies, such as Windows NT, UNIX, Novell NetWare, the entire IBM eServer family--and with a variety of interfaces, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI and ESCON. More information is available at www.ibm.com/storage.

IBM eServer
IBM is the world's largest server company, offering a full line of data transaction, Web application and appliance servers that embrace industry standards. Powered by breakthroughs such as microprocessors with copper wiring and Silicon-on-Insulator technology, IBM servers have captured industry leading benchmarks that measure transactions, web serving capabilities and performance in software applications. The IBM eServer line is an integral part of customized, flexible and scalable Internet solutions for companies of all sizes. IBM supports Linux on its entire portfolio of e-business servers. Information on IBM eServer is available at http://www.ibm.com/eserver.

IBM and Retailers
IBM provides the Retail Industry with a full range of e-business solutions, including: point-of-sale systems, other hardware and software technology, consulting focused on business transformation, IT strategy and planning, store operations improvement, and supply chain optimization, and with services, such as outsourcing, managed operations, systems integration, and application development and design. IBM has been the leader in retail point-of-sale systems for more than 20 years. For more information on IBM Retail Solutions, please visit www.ibm.com/solutions/retail.

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