Nationwide Insurance: Using virtualization as a foundation for innovation

Published on 15 Sep 2008

The ability to flexibly add capacity wherever we need it changes the whole mindset of the developers. It promotes out-of-the-box thinking, because the risk cost is so low. What virtualization really gives us is a strong foundation for innovation.

Buzz Woeckener, manager of Linux, Nationwide

Nationwide Insurance


Deployment country
United States


Nationwide Insurance, a Fortune 500 company and one of the United States' leading underwriters, has a mixed IT environment that includes both traditional, mission-critical mainframe-based applications and enterprise applications running on distributed servers.

Business need
Faced with the need to build a new, multimillion-dollar data center to cope with server proliferation and seeking to streamline application development and daily operations overall, Nationwide Insurance instead made a strategic decision to move to a flexible, virtualized IT environment.

Nationwide deployed two IBM System z™ mainframes running Linux.® The solution is a cornerstone of Nationwide's strategy of moving all new development to virtualization and J2EE as a means of "future-proofing" its IT environment.

- US$15 million cost savings anticipated over three years - 85-90 percent server utilization - 80 percent reduction in environmental costs - Web hosting costs lowered by 50 percent


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 for Linux, Linux, WebSphere Application Server, z/VM

System z

Server Consolidation, Smarter Planet, Virtualization

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