Whitbread Inns has chosen Compaq as the standard hardware platform for its back office systems.
In a contract worth around #500,000, Whitbread is installing Compaq ProSignia 200 servers and Deskpro 4000 desktops in all its 450 Brewers Fayre outlets throughout the UK. The PCs will be used alongside an existing legacy EPOS system, which is in the process of being upgraded.
According to Whitbread, the Compaq machines were selected for their built-in resiliency features such as RAID 5 support, Compaq Insight Manager and Automatic Server Recovery.
The servers run Windows NT and SQL Server.
Explaining the selection criteria, Nigel Maglione, systems director for Whitbread Inns, said the company had built a prototype server to identify its requirements. "We then looked at which commercial product best suited our needs," he said.
Maglione added that the testing process had included measuring the system's resilience to elements such as dust accumulation and air conditioning.
The Compaq machines have currently been installed at 20 Brewers Fayre sites. Maglione was unable to put a time frame on the implementation of the remaining 430 sites. "It's more important to get it right than to get it quickly," he commented.
Whitbread said it may consider implementing the Compaq systems in all its 1,700 UK pubs.
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