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Wakefern Food Corporation exchanges an aging for a new, more functional system to accelerate data transfers


Wakefern's CIDS Manager of Infrastructure, Charles Hawalka (left) and Senior Systems Programmer Jim Murphy (right) use mainframe servers to seamlessly move data.

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CUSTOMER: Wakefern Food Corporation
HEADQUARTERS: Keasbey, N.J.
BUSINESS: Supplier, warehouser and transporter for retail-based cooperative
HARDWARE: Hundreds of IBM System p 520s and older AIX OS-based servers, as well as an IBM System z9 Enterprise Class
SOFTWARE: The IBM 4690 point-of-sale OS and TPS/NetWork File Manager from TPS Systems
CHALLENGE: Improving data exchanges between itself, its retail partners and its vendors
SOLUTION: Replacing the increasingly outmoded SNA and NetView Distribution Manager and dial-up connections with the IP-based TPS/NetWork File Manager
 

In today’s fast-paced world of back-and-forth data communications, older technologies aren’t enough to help companies operate as efficiently as their executives would like. Prior to deploying TPS/NetWork File Manager (NFM) from TPS Systems, Wakefern Food Corporation used System Network Architecture (SNA) and NetView* Distribution Manager (NVDM) on an IBM System z9* Enterprise Class (System z9 EC) server for much of its data- communications requirements.

 

The NFM framework actually resides on the UNIX server, but we can view the file transfers, maintain NFM configuration information and manage file-transfer schedules using Internet Explorer.” —Jim Murphy, Senior Systems Programmer, Wakefern CISD

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at jjutsler@provide.net.


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