Mainframe user group Share just announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina has won the group’s 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology, mainly for its large-scale server consolidation onto big iron.
The company consolidated 250 distributed servers onto two IBM System z servers running Linux on z/VM, the mainframe’s virtualization operating system. The move helped the company delay having to build out more data center floorspace, and as a result saved millions of dollars.
Blue Cross Blue Shield also had various application server middleware, and so it took the server consolidation as an opportunity to standardize on WebSphere Application Server on zLinux.
In addition to its consolidation project, last year the company also created the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, designed to help local high school and college students get access to enterprise systems like System z.
Previous winners of the Share award include The University of Georgia, Nationwide Insurance, and Caterpillar.