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Zappos.com has seen phenomenal growth since its inception in 1999, establishing itself as a leader in online shoe sales. Zappos now stocks more than 3.5 million items and serves a customer base of over six million people. To help the IT infrastructure keep pace with the company's rapid growth, Zappos recently turned to IBM Premier Business Partner Sycomp for a technology refresh. The new IBM solution included two IBM BladeCenter H Chassis, for a total of 28 servers running Linux-based operating systems. The solution also included an IBM System Storage N5500 Gateway and an IBM System Storage DS8300, which provides 25 TB of storage. The blades are configured to boot from centralized storage via iSCSI connection.
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