Bunnings digs IBM for server refresh

New system to support A/NZ growth

Home improvement retailer Bunnings has selected IBM Power 780 servers to improve its data centre needs and ready the company for business expansion.

According to a statement, the Wesfarmers-owned chain implemented the two servers because of the hardware’s workload optimisation and high system availability.

Located in Perth, the new system will support Bunnings’ 281 locations across Australia and New Zealand and is expected to improve the data centre operational efficiencies by reducing power usage and improving cooling.

The company can load balance between each server ensuring scheduled and unscheduled maintenance can be conducted with no impact or risk to the business. Prior to the implementation, finding time for scheduled maintenance proved difficult for the company.

IT infrastructure and architecture manager, John Olszewski, said in a statement that because of the expansion of Bunnings across multiple time zones, building resilience into the IT infrastructure was essential to support the growth of the business.

“We believe this investment will help us to maintain advantage over our competitors," he said.

Bunnings also selected a second IBM XIV storage system to support its secondary data centre storage environment and to enhance its business resilience architecture.

The implementation is expected to be completed by next year, and is the first IBM Power 780 deal signed in Australia since the systems were announced in February this year.

In August, Woolworths announced it had spent $5 million so far on appropriating IT systems from partnered US hardware company, Lowe's, as it geared up to launch an ambitious competitor to Bunnings off the back of its Danks buy-out last year.

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