EMC closes multi-million dollar contract with Woolworths

Information storage management provider EMC Corporation has closed a multi-million dollar contract to supply storage products and services to major food retailer Woolworths.Woolworths put its storage infrastructure to tender early this year for a storage hardware, software and services provider.

Information storage management provider EMC Corporation has closed a multi-million dollar contract to supply storage products and services to major food retailer Woolworths.

Woolworths put its storage infrastructure to tender early this year for a storage hardware, software and services provider.

An EMC spokesperson said the deal is a "substantial contract win" for EMC. However, the exact amount could not be disclosed at this stage.

Woolworths was searching for a storage partner to assist in the design and implementation of a consolidated storage strategy. The decision was made to implement two Enterprise Class Symmetrix DMX3000 systems, said to be the first to be deployed in Australia.

The new infrastructure will support critical mainframe and midrange applications, including data warehousing and the rollout of a set of supply chain management applications.

Woolworths is implementing a tiered storage strategy using the CLARiiON CX700 for non-critical platforms such as development Unix and Windows servers. The CLARiiON allows Woolworths to achieve massive scalability at a low cost and integrates into the centrally managed SAN infrastructure.

Steve Redman, managing director EMC Australia and New Zealand, said "By implementing a multi-tiered storage approach that combines Symmetrix 3000 and CLARiiON CX700, Woolworths is moving towards the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) path, ensuring that the right type of information is stored on the most appropriate storage system."

Redman said the combination of EMC's high end Symmetrix and CLARiiON will ensure a "balanced allocation of storage resources" at Woolworths as it deals with high volume transactions for its daily operations as well as its monthly information processing.

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