Boscov's Stores Make Wedding Splash With IBM's Shark

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PHILADELPHIA - 07 Jun 2000: -- Boscov's department stores has improved business operations from warehouse to cash register by installing a Storage Area Network with IBM's Shark Enterprise Storage Server as the centerpiece. The company now also plans to launch an online wedding gift registry for the June wedding season.

Boscov's owns and operates 34 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Maryland. It handles six million customer and supplier transactions every week and wanted to make the shopping experience smoother for its customers and 10,000 employees. According to Joe Poole, Boscov's technical support manager, an expanding customer base -- both in-store and online -- and a need to improve supply chain logistics were the key drivers for improving the manageability, access and backup of its data.

"Shark's speed, reliability and performance deliver a reliable solution to managing and backing up our critical data," said Poole of Boscov's, who choose IBM's Shark over EMC's storage server. "It has allowed Boscov's to plan a wedding gift registry for the June demand while also eliminating bottlenecks in our supply chain operations from warehouse to storefront. The result is better delivery of services and goods to our customers."

The Storage Area Network (SAN) integrates IBM's Shark and Magstar Virtual Tape Servers with Boscov's multiple server platforms including IBM RS/6000 and NT servers. Critical to the success of Boscov's SAN is Shark's Parallel Access Volume (PAV) feature which provides unprecedented performance improvements by enabling multiple applications to simultaneously access the same data.

The Shark Enterprise Storage Server is the high-performance disk storage solution from IBM, the world leader in storage systems, software, services and technology. Built on the foundation of IBM's Seascape Storage Enterprise Architecture(a), Shark works with the industry's leading servers and operating systems including Windows NT, UNIX, Novell NetWare, S/390 and AS/400 -- and with a variety of interfaces, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI and ESCON. Shark incorporates IBM unique technology such as Parallel Access Volumes (PAV), currently unavailable in competing systems from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and Compaq Computer Corp.

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