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ZDNet: Store chain is sold on Linux

Jan 24, 2002, 22:10 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lynn Haber)
"Boscov's Department Stores , the largest family-owned department store chain in the country with $1 billion in annual sales, began experiencing unexpectedly high costs associated with ongoing maintenance of its client/server environment a couple of years ago. For every 10-12 servers it installed, an additional technician was needed to help with management of databases, upgrades, and software issues; and providing disaster recovery for the growing client/server environment was complex and costly.

That prompted Harry Roberts, CIO and senior vice president at Boscov's, to consider Linux as an alternative. It was not love at first sight. Roberts wasn't sure how Linux would translate into a large enterprise system.

Less than 24 months later, Linux provides the 90-year-old retail business cost savings, reliability, and scalability, and is an important part of its long-term IT infrastructure strategy."

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