Farmers Furniture's hardware can now grow with their
business and they have an IBM solution from Logicalis that provides
them with a better total cost of ownership.
Farmers Home Furniture ("Farmers") is one of the top 100 furniture
companies in the country and one of the largest privately owned
companies based in Georgia. They are committed to providing their
customers with the best possible service and selection by tailoring
each store to its town and matching product selection to the
Farmers was expecting to grow their business substantially over the
next few years and they wanted to upgrade to the latest version of
GERS software, Enterprise One. Since their aging 16-Way DG Aviion
with an EMC CLARiiON Storage Array could not meet the performance
demands of the software, Farmers needed a new platform that could
handle their current and future needs.
Logicalis designed a highly available platform solution utilizing a
Building Block approach that allows Farmers to satisfy their
application and performance requirements, while providing a future
path for implementing a high-availability, disaster recovery
solution when required.
Logicalis implemented IBM p670 Server 16-Way (12 Active) 1.45 GHZ
CPU's, FastT500 Storage Array with 4.3TB of mirrored Storage,
FlashCopy and an IBM Tape Library for performing unattended
backups. Logicalis had the system shipped directly to Farmers where
Logicalis' Professional Services performed IBM AIX UNIX and File
System setup, setup and installed FastT Storage Array, loaded
FlashCopy, and prepared the server for use by GERS so they could
load and configure their Enterprise One application.
The Bottom Line
With IBM's help, Logicalis delivered a solution that allows Farmers
to utilize the features of Enterprise One while providing a much
needed gain in performance. Farmers' hardware can now grow with
their business, and they have an IBM solution that provides them
with a better total cost of ownership.