Amway Corporation, a company engaged in direct selling, has selected a virtualized IBM server infrastructure for a worldwide rollout of Oracle’s enterprise resource planning applications.
The decision to run the applications on hundreds of virtual servers, rather than an equivalent number of physical boxes, is expected to provide a significant savings in energy, software and labor costs, Amway said.
The Oracle e-Business suite applications that include order entry, financials and shipping, will be deployed on multiple System p servers, with logical partitions ranging from three to 30 on a frame. Running the AIX operating system, these machines will handle production, development, test and quality assurance functions and will serve organizations throughout the company.
Randy Gast, supervisor, server technology, Amway, said: The IBM System p servers will be vital to running Amway’s business, as they enable our independent business owners to order and receive product. The System p virtualized platform has been rock-solid, secure and extremely flexible.