Nationwide cuts costs in the cloud

With smart workload consolidation from IBM

Published on 10 Sep 2012

The creation of a private cloud built around the z196 servers supports our business transformation goals by enabling the rapid, seamless deployment of new computing resources to meet emerging requirements.

Jim Tussing, Chief Technology Officer for infrastructure and operations, Nationwide



Deployment country
United States


In the last 80 years, Nationwide has grown from a small mutual auto insurer owned by policyholders to one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the United States, with more than 38,000 employees. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, this Fortune 500-list company is the number one provider of public-sector retirement plans and the seventh largest auto insurer in the United States.

Business need
Nationwide’s 3,000 distributed servers were inefficient and costly. To increase business agility and halt growing costs, Nationwide started a virtualization journey that ultimately led to the cloud.

Nationwide consolidated its distributed server landscape to Linux virtual servers running on IBM System z® mainframes, creating a multi-platform private cloud optimized for all its different workloads.

Reduced power, cooling and floor space requirements by 80 percent. Reversed expenditure on distributed server landscape, saving an estimated $15 million over the first three years.


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

DB2 for z/OS, IBM Netezza 1000, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52

System z, System z: System z10 Enterprise Class (z10 EC), System z: zEnterprise 196 (z196)

Cloud Computing, Smarter Computing, System z Software, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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