IBM in Cloud deal with Whirlpool to reduce IT costs

IBM is supplying its cloud solution to home appliances major Whirlpool to transition from an on-premise hosting environment to a globally integrated cloud model.

The enterprise IT vendor will ensure a scalable environment to host its ecommerce platform, which will enable the home appliance firm to manage workloads at the regional level, and store and deploy critical appliance and commercial data.

The main benefits of the new globally integrated ecommerce platform include capacity for log retention, maximize security information and event management and develop disaster recovery capabilities for its existing product lifecycle management landscape, said IBM.


As part of the IT deal, Whirlpool selected IBM Cloud, AT&T Netbond and the SoftLayer infrastructure to provide a solution that offers a scalable service delivery platform that expands and contracts based on client demand.

IBM Cloud capabilities will assist Whirlpool to provision its applications faster and increase flexibility to integrate managed and non-managed services with future workloads. The new model is expected to lower its IT costs, improve its market responsiveness, and enhanced user satisfaction and service-level agreement levels.

Whirlpool Vice President of IT Operations and Security Alan Douville said: “IBM Cloud and SoftLayer Infrastructure served as an opportunity to continue to drive transformation within our business and migrate mission-critical workloads securely to a cloud environment and provide us with the flexibility to respond faster to issues that impact our business.”

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