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July 13, 2016updated 21 Oct 2016 4:32pm

Dixons Carphone makes huge IT move to IBM hybrid cloud

Comms retail giant is combining infrastructure and will keep data in UK data centres

By Sam

IBM today announced that Dixons Carphone Group, Europe’s largest telecommunications retail and services company, is migrating to an IBM hybrid cloud from IBM UK-based datacenters to integrate two distinct infrastructures and enable easy scaling to better manage the peaks and valleys of seasonal shopping trends.

Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse merged in 2014 presenting an opportunity to consolidate the infrastructures leveraging cloud solutions for flexibility, performance and cost savings. After assessing the long-term values and scalability of multiple cloud providers, the company turned to IBM Cloud for a smooth transition to a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

As a result, Dixons Carphone is planning to migrate about 2,500 server images from both enterprises with supporting database and middleware components from both infrastructures to an IBM hybrid cloud platform that comprises a private IBM Cloud with bare metal servers for production workloads and public IBM Cloud platform for non-production workloads.

The company is anticipating the IBM hybrid cloud solution will bring greater IT efficiency over the next two years enabling an even more seamless ecommerce and retail experience during busy retail periods including holidays and new product launches.

“We know we can trust IBM Cloud to seamlessly integrate the infrastructures of both companies into one hybrid cloud that will enable us to continue focusing on other parts of the business,” said David Hennessy, IT Director, Dixons Carphone. “We are the retailer people trust to bring technology to life in a way that works for them and we are confident in IBM’s ability to support us in the next stage of our development.”

“Dixons Carphone is taking an innovative approach to the challenges of merging enterprises,” said Rashik Parmar, Lead IBM Cloud Architect and Distinguished Engineer, IBM Europe. “Establishing a hybrid cloud infrastructure will provide flexibility, scalability and security across multiple environments, which will not only expedite the integration, but provide a path for growth going forward.”

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe's leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries. Read its latest results https://www.dixonscarphone.com/media-centre/press-releases/201516-preliminary-results-and-strategy-update

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