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"We would not have been able to expand our infrastructure as quickly as we did without PRIMEFLEX."
Bernd Grande, Head of IT, Globus Gruppe
The history of the Globus Gruppe dates back to 1828, when its founder Franz Bruch opened his first shop. Today, the retailer employs some 17,900 people. One key part of its business strategy is the diverse range of products it offers: each hypermarket has up to 100,000 different items for sale. In the 2014/2015 financial year, the Globus Gruppe achieved sales of around 7 billion Euro, and it is continuing to expand. This autumn, Globus will open its 47th hypermarket in Rüsselsheim, further consolidating its position in the Rhine-Main region. The company will also be targeting new and interesting business areas with the opening of a second Globus Drive station in Ensdorf in Saarland and a fridel local food market in Saarbrücken.
The Globus Gruppe is based in Sankt Wendel in the German state of Saarland. With 46 hypermarkets, 90 DIY stores, a Globus Drive Station, its fridel local fresh food market and eight electronics stores, it is one of Germany’s leading retailers. In order to use its new SAP environment to establish a central ERP system for its entire network of branches, the company needed a performant and flexible hardware architecture.
Fujitsu provided a comprehensive “PRIMEFLEX for SAP Landscapes” concept, comprising FUJITSU x86 servers, Cisco Nexus network components, NetApp storage solutions and virtualization software from VMware. Globus now has a highly virtualized platform which can be used to connect and visualize all of the IT processes associated with the flow of goods across every single one of its sites.
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