ING Uses Cloud to Manage Mixed IT Environment
ING Uses Cloud to Manage Mixed IT Environment ING, based in Windsor, Conn., runs an international insurance, financial services and banking business. It is using the IBM cloud to manage all of its x86 platforms as well as its older Unix and AIX systems, said CTO Tony Kerrison.ING also developed a process to deploy standardized stacks-whether x86, AIX or other platforms, Kerrison said. "That was very important, so that we could get the most of out of the underlying IT. We optimized that to get the maximum from the investments we made," Kerrison said. "We sort of treated our stacks like a software release."
"This has been key because we don't all run x86 as a workload," Kerrison said. "Like a lot of organizations, we have a mix. What we've tried to do is come up a layer, above hypervisors in the underlying stack, and use things like this [cloud] to manage all the infrastructure underneath. This brings a lot more benefits to us because we can use our infrastructure in a more economic way."