ING Uses Cloud to Manage Mixed IT Environment

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-08 Print this article Print


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.

"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."

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."


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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