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Giant Eagle moves to the hybrid cloud for greater flexibility

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Giant Eagle, a large food, fuel and pharmacy retailer, is overhauling its IT infrastructure with a hybrid cloud solution from IBM Cloud.

The new solution is designed to provide Giant Eagle with flexible, consumption-based pricing; faster procurement and provisioning of applications; and integrated system management for greater visibility into data concerning everything from the supply chain to checkout line. The system is based on IBM Cloud’s Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer.

Jeremy Gill, senior director of technology infrastructure at Giant Eagle, says, “Our goals to reposition our technology infrastructure were to achieve the scalability, security, reliability, resiliency and efficiency that advancements in the technology are making possible without making significant capital investments. IBM’s full range of offerings from public cloud, private cloud and bare metal and robust security capabilities were its competitive differentiators.”

Giant Eagle is in the first phase of the rollout, which involves implementation of the development/test and disaster recovery environments. The second phase includes migrating production IT operations to IBM.

Giant Eagle serves more than 5 million customers annually in more than 420 locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

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