Juice maker squeezes out IT infrastructure savings

For nearly 150 years, the grape growers at Welch's have been leaders in the manufacturing of juice and jelly. What may be less known is that the Concord, Mass.-based company, whose formal corporate name is Welch Foods Inc., is also pioneering the adoption of server virtualization technology. By removing its IBM mainframe and iSeries midrange servers -- and running multiple operating systems and applications on single x86 servers -- the company's maintenance costs have dropped by 50%, said Carmine Iannace, Welch's manager of IT architecture. The virtualization software it runs -- VMware ESX Server -- has added a 30% to 35% savings on top of that. In an interview, Iannace talked about this and other projects in Welch's quest to make its multi-OS environment more efficient for the long haul.

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