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Winn-Dixie Stores said it has consolidated its IT infrastructure to an IBM System z9 Enterprise Class (z9 EC) mainframe to drive more efficiency from current processes and data such as store operations, finance, human resources and Web content. A long-time mainframe user, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain weighed consolidation of its mainframe operations versus other solutions before choosing the mainframe system.
"Cost was the driving factor in our decision to deploy the IBM System z9 EC," said Charlie Weston, group v.p. of information technology for Winn-Dixie, Jacksonville, Fla. "We've cut our operating costs significantly while ensuring that the z9 has sufficient processor capability to support Winn Dixie for years to come. The use of the mainframe is integral to our success as we continue getting better all the time."
The Southeastern grocer took delivery of the z9 EC with an Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) and Integrated Facility for Linux processor (IFL) and moved its data and applications to the new system. The IFL processors are being used for back-end applications and the zIIP processors for eligible DB2 for z/OS offload.
Winn-Dixie can use the new solution to run Linux applications and databases with current resources such as PeopleSoft for finance and human resources, Retalix for grocery retailers, and Tomax for scheduling labor.