Sherwin-Williams Picks an All-Blue Network
In a major coup for Turbolinux and IBM, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores will install an in-store network that will consist of 9,700 IBM NetVista PCs running Turbolinux.In a major coup for both Turbolinux and IBM, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores will announce on Thursday that it is installing an in-store network that will consist of 9,700 IBM NetVista PCs running Turbolinux. The multimillion-dollar deal, which Ralph Martino, vice president of strategy for IBM Global Services in Armonk, N.Y, said is the largest deployment of Linux ever in the U.S. retail industry, will see Sherwin-Williams roll the network out across its 2,500 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Each store will have two to three workstations, with another serving as an in-store server, thereby improving customer service by giving any workstation in the store access to servers and their respective applications, Martino told eWEEK.
"Sherwin-Williams asked IBM Global Services to migrate its retail stores legacy operating systems from SCO Unix to Linux. They wanted us to implement a new point-of-sale environment in the stores that consisted of both IBM and other OEM hardware. They wanted a more open, non-proprietary end-to-end solution from us," he said.