Rooms to Go Readies Data Recovery Solution With IBM

Disaster Protection for Data From Store to Warehouse

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ARMONK, NY - 18 May 2004: IBM today announced that Florida-based furniture retailer, Rooms to Go, has implemented a multi-fabric storage area network (SAN) based on IBM products and technology to help safeguard the company's data and provide increased storage capacity to support the company's growth. Using the latest IBM storage software and hardware, the integrated business continuity solution was implemented to help preserve the company's mission critical data in the event of a disaster and simplify management of the company's storage systems.

As the largest and fastest growing furniture retailer in the U.S., Rooms to Go needed a flexible and resilient solution to protect the information generated from shipping 2000 rooms full of furniture daily to customers in 32 states. Mirroring data from its corporate headquarters in Seffner, Florida, and copying it to a remote data recovery site in Lakeland, Florida, more than 20 miles away supports Rooms to Go's ability to be online quickly in the event of a disruption.

"The top priority for Rooms to Go was protecting our data in the event of a disaster and the agility to get the systems up and running quickly," said Russ Rosen, VP of MIS for Rooms to Go. "Installing a comprehensive IBM storage solution allows us great peace of mind to know we will be able to stay up and running no matter what."

To build the solution, Rooms to Go turned to long-time technology provider IBM and Champions Solutions Group, a Premier IBM Business Partner, to develop an infrastructure that could help safeguard their data in the event of a disaster.

"Working closely with IBM and Rooms to Go, we were able to develop a one-of-a-kind solution to fit Rooms to Go's environment," said Mike Murphy, regional vice president, Southeast, Champion Solutions Group. "Also, by integrating high speed fibre channel into their IP infrastructure, we were able to help Rooms to Go save money."

IBM and Champion faced the challenge of integrating an IP-based infrastructure with a fibre channel storage system to help reduce costs and protect Rooms to Go's current infrastructure investment. Together, they designed a storage network that could switch data between the two fabrics, and could also streamline data management with a hardware solution including IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC).

The SVC, or virtualization software, component of the solution is critical for companies trying to simplify their infrastructure and increase the efficiency of storage networks.

"SVC combines hardware and software into an integrated solution designed to centralize storage volume management and improve storage resource utilization," said Jens Tiedemann, vice president, IBM TotalStorage Open Software. "Combined with the services of Champion Solution Group, this unique virtualization technology can help customers such as Rooms to Go lower IT costs by reducing the complexity and management associated with storage in the data center -- while at the same time supporting an increase in the availability of the application servers."

The solution also includes IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Servers, to provide Rooms to Go with advanced disaster recovery functions such as PPRC and FlashCopy, together with and IBM eServer pSeries systems and an IBM TotalStorage FAStT600 Storage Server.

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