Scotmid dumps Hewlett-Packard for IBM virtual servers

Scotmid, a 250-store Scottish retail co-operative, has replaced 23 servers to consolidate and virtualise its IT infrastructure with a high-performance five-server IBM IT platform running VMware.

Scotmid, a 250-store Scottish retail co-operative, has replaced 23 Hewlett-Packard servers to consolidate and virtualise its IT infrastructure with a high-performance five-server IBM IT platform running VMware.

Scott Kerr, Scotmid's head of IT, said "Scotmid expects significant power usage reductions as well as savings on maintenance. We also expect reduced future spend through the use of VMware virtualised servers."

The main applications are electronic point of sale, finance, HR, payroll and e-mail, he said.

Scotmid Co-op was set up in 1859 and specialises in food and toiletries through the Semi Chem retail chain. It also has a property and development division, and a funeral division. With more than 4,000 staff, it is one of Scotland's biggest employers.

The IT initiative is part of a three-year, £40m investment programme by Scotmid to refurbish and grow its estate.

Scotmid replaced its entire legacy infrastructure with fewer virtualised servers and storage. These included IBM System p and System x Servers, "n" series storage and Tivoli Storage Manager for backup.

Scotmid now has a secure and resilient environment and has achieved "significant improvements" on disaster recovery, said Kerr. The new set-up has also cut the company's power consumption, cooling needs and space requirements.

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