SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

November 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Anthony Marano Company Selected as 2007 InfoWorld 100 Award Winner

Fujitsu Server and Storage Solutions Provide Foundation for Award-Winning Project

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced that its customer Anthony Marano Company has been named to IDG's InfoWorld 100. The InfoWorld 100 is a listing of the most innovative IT solutions for 2007, honoring IT projects that demonstrate the best use of cutting-edge technologies to enhance their businesses and meet technology objectives.

Anthony Marano Company, a Chicago-based produce distributor, has deployed Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST(R) and PRIMERGY(R) servers and a Fujitsu ETERNUS(R) Storage Area Network (SAN) to ensure the performance and reliability of its custom, real-time inventory management application. The Anthony Marano Company reports that the complete Fujitsu server and storage solution is delivering a 100 percent performance improvement on back-office applications, and the ETERNUS SAN is operating at double the speed of the company's previous system.

The Anthony Marano Company delivers fresh produce to Chicago's markets and renowned restaurants and eateries seven days a week from its 364,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art distribution center near downtown Chicago. Each day the company takes up to 3,000 orders for its highly perishable products. Of these orders, 90 percent require same-day delivery, often within hours of order placement.

The company operates in the complex commodities world of "price after sale," where each member of the sales staff must have up-to-the minute information on both retail and wholesale pricing in order to sell produce according to the appropriate price structure.

Prior to implementing Fujitsu server and storage solutions, several issues, including a lack of redundancy and system board problems, caused the company to seek alternative IT solutions. The Anthony Marano Company turned to Fujitsu for a simplified solution that included redundant, Intel(R) Itanium(R)-based servers and supported the company's Microsoft(R) Windows(R) environment.

"A business interruption can cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars and prevent us from delivering on commitments to customers, so we wanted the most reliable infrastructure available on the Windows platform," said Chris Nowak, chief technology officer at Anthony Marano Company. "By deploying solutions from Fujitsu, we achieved our redundancy goal and have seen 99.999 percent reliability and excellent performance, and avoided data center complexities, all without hiring additional staff. With Fujitsu, we are confident that the IT infrastructure can comfortably support our company's 20 percent per year growth plan."

As a result of hardware reliability and excellent customer service, Anthony Marano has now standardized on solutions from Fujitsu. In addition to a PRIMEQUEST server and ETERNUS SAN, the company runs its Microsoft(R) Exchange 2007 Server on a Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S3 server. A single PRIMEQUEST 540 server runs the inventory management application in one partition and Microsoft(R) SQL Server(TM), Active Directory(R), and Dynamics(TM) in a separate partition. The partitions can be booted separately, so a problem with one does not affect the other. All storage for the PRIMEQUEST server, as well as the SQL database, is handled by the Fujitsu ETERNUS 4000 SAN, which offers redundant disk drives and allows information to be shared across the two partitions.

"Whether ushering legacy systems into the agile era or revolutionizing how their companies leverage technology to meaningful ends, this year's winners are both inspiration and proof that striking a new path in IT can reap deep organizational rewards," said InfoWorld Senior Editor Jason Snyder.

"Our roots in mainframe computers taught us that to serve our customers well, we must continually achieve the highest levels of performance, reliability, and customer service -- all three equally, without any compromise," said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation. "Companies like the Anthony Marano Company achieve significant business benefits from complete Fujitsu server and storage solutions that increase enterprise productivity to better serve their customers."

2007 InfoWorld 100 award winners appear online in the November 12 edition and can be viewed online at: http://www.infoworld.com/archives/t.jsp?N=s&V=93246. To learn more about Anthony Marano Company and Fujitsu, please visit: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/casestudies/COMP_anthony_marano.html

About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE(R) strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world's leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com/computers for further information.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com.

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International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

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