Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:59

IBM seals Tupperware upgrade


Kitchenware company Tupperware has handled the increased load on its web-based systems by upgrading its hardware to IBM POWER7 systems.

A trebling of the number of Tupperware sales people using online ordering was stressing the company's systems during peak sales periods.

A hardware upgrade to a pair of POWER7-based IBM Power 750 servers and six System x3550 servers has provided the headroom required to cope with the Christmas selling season.

Software upgrades to the IBM i operating system (the successor to OS/400) and WebSphere Application Server has also improved performance.

Other benefits of the upgrade included reductions in the rack space and power consumption.

Con Sardellis, IT operations manager at Tupperware, said the migration to the new systems "was all completed in a couple of hours with barely any disruption to our operations."

The project was completed in October.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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