CHICAGO (Retail Systems Expo) – May 24, 2005 – SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a leading global IT utility, announced today that Wine.com, the leading online retail provider of premium wines, lifestyle wine clubs and gourmet gift products has deployed SAVVIS’ virtualized IT utility services to provide the servers, storage, network and data center facilities to power its e-commerce operations.
SAVVIS’ deployment of virtualized utility services, including virtualized storage, security, and compute architectures, enabled Wine.com to double the number of labels they offer on their website and expand their distribution channels. In addition to the IT utility services, SAVVIS assisted Wine.com in migrating to a new Windows operating environment while simultaneously allowing them to update their shipping and warehouse applications. Overall, SAVVIS’ new platform provides Wine.com with a more reliable IT architecture to support its existing operations and dramatically increases its ability to scale IT infrastructure and applications to rapidly meet its real-time business demands.
Wine.com is America's leading online wine retailer, offering over 14,000 unique wines throughout the United States and Japan. The company runs the Internet’s most trafficked wine website, with over two million website visitors and over 100,000 customers. Wine.com also added retail distribution capabilities during 2004 in 10 new states, and now is able to legally direct-ship wines to 85% of the U.S. wine-consuming population in 36 states, including the District of Columbia, which is by far the broadest legal reach of any wine store. Given the sheer scope of its inventory and the massive number of consumers it serves, Wine.com requires an e-commerce platform that is always on and that can scale to meet dramatic spikes in demand that occur regularly around holiday shopping seasons.
“Our old data center couldn’t keep up with the growth of our company,” said Francis M. Juliano, CIO of Wine.com. “As we continue to grow sales organically and through major distribution partnerships with companies such as Home Shopping Network, 1-800 Flowers, FTD, and Amazon.com, we required an efficient, cost-effective and flexible IT solution that can support our expansion in the U.S. and abroad. After evaluating all available alternatives, it was clear that only SAVVIS could accommodate our needs. Their solution has raised our availability to over 99.99%, reduced our costs by almost 50%, and provided us with a ‘grow as you go’ model that allows us to meet any unexpected demand on our IT infrastructure.”
SAVVIS’ virtualized IT utility services platform offers retailers a fully integrated IT infrastructure—network, hosting, storage and compute—all on a pay-as-you-go basis. It does this by combining advanced, automated software management and provisioning systems with a variety of new hardware virtualization technologies. The result is a global pool of server, storage, network and hosting resources that can be dynamically configured and deployed on-demand for retailers as managed services in a matter of minutes, not months.
Ultimately it significantly lessens the burden of capital expenditures and legacy systems, enabling retailers to become more flexible and agile by making it possible to add new applications, increase server and storage capacity, and expand the network in less time than conventional alternatives.
“Like many retailers, Wine.com is significantly impacted by seasonal changes in demand on their IT infrastructure,” said Steve Ward, SAVVIS’ Retail Industry Manager. “They’re a fast-growing company that needs a real-world, real-time infrastructure solution that won’t force them to predict next year’s IT needs or purchase excess equipment to support anticipated growth. SAVVIS offers the industry’s only suite of ‘Just-In-Time Infrastructure’ solutions so it’s easy to understand why so many leading retailers rely upon us. Our solutions are transforming information technology by providing just-in-time IT infrastructure to power every retail channel – in store, online, and in print.”
SAVVIS currently serves over 400 customers in the retail industry, including leaders such as Albertson’s, Ann Taylor, Gucci, Montblanc, The Sharper Image, Virgin MegaStores, and Panera Bread Company. In addition to its solutions focused on retail distribution channels, SAVVIS is also a certified provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Standard Assessment Services. These services help retailers to protect sensitive cardholder information from theft and to comply with stringent security requirements set forth by Visa and MasterCard.
Wine.com is America’s leading online wine store. Offering over 14,000 unique wines to 36 different States, D.C. and Japan, Wine.com offers the largest online selection of wines, wine clubs and collections, and gifts to the most people. Wine.com operates the world’s most popular wine web site, and legally delivers wines to customer’s homes or offices from numerous state-licensed distribution facilities around the U.S. Customers enjoy the convenience and power of Internet shopping from the privacy of their home or office, supported by extensive research and educational materials. For more information, visit http://www.wine.com.
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global IT utility services provider that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses. With an IT services platform that extends to 47 countries, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 24 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: .
Carter B. Cromley
Ricochet Public Relations