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The Body Shop buys HP gear

Beauty products retailer outfits itself with new servers and software, pushing aside IBM.

With more than 2,000 stores worldwide, bath and beauty products retailer The Body Shop International has bought Hewlett-Packard servers, storage and software for its computing infrastructure, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computing company plans to announce on Monday.

The company bought two top-end Integrity Superdome servers that use Intel's Itanium processor and the HP-UX version of Unix; several mid-range StorageWorks EVA and high-end StorageWorks XP storage systems; MC/ServiceGuard for making sure that services are available even when a server crashes; and StorageWorks and OpenView management software. The hardware will also run Oracle and SAP software, replacing that of IBM, HP said.