By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2006-04-06 Print this article Print

The jelly and juice producer improved its efficiency through virtualization, saving 45% when replacing 100 servers.

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Welch Foods: Saving Time Through Virtualization

Scenario: Welch Foods, based in Concord, Mass., receives a request to deploy a new but fairly standard server to one of its remote locations, such as its Grandview, Wash., plant. Here is how the company potentially saves time by using server virtualization.
Without Virtualization Time With Virtualization Time
Procure the server. 2 to 4 weeks Copy complete image of software environment,both application and operating system, onto remote VMware server. Tweak configuration as necessary and go live with application. Less than 1 hour
Configure operating system. Install and configure applications. 4 to 6 hours Not necessary
Ship server cross-country. 1 to 3 days Not necessary Not applicable
TOTAL TIME 16 to 32 days TOTAL TIME Less than 1 hour

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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