In a recent interview, Del Monte CIO Marc Brown talked about how he has helped to push the company’s technology and infrastructure forward and ensure that every process in the Del Monte family – from farm to warehouse – was as efficient as it could part. Part of that efficiency now comes from cloud computing, which for a company that has been around since 1891 is a fairly big deal.
Brown said that Del Monte is “aggressively moving processing activities into our internal virtualized environment,” with the intention of moving toward a kind of IaaS computing for the entire organization. Initially, the company began with their development resources and has now moved to their production processing environments.
One of the most important questions for Brown was about the “real” value of cloud computing and how it was actually used by Del Monte, rather than just as a way to cash in on the hype of the market. Brown indicated that the abilities to pool assets and dynamically allocate resources were both possible, but that full real-time provisioning and metering of services was harder to quantify. While metering and provisioning were possible, Brown spoke about how it lies in large part on a company to take best advantage of these provisioning and metering services in order to get their best effect.
In a world of considerable virtual hype, established companies like Del Monte are making the jump to the virtual and finding a great deal to like about it. While the cloud hasn’t solved all of their problems, a great deal of their infrastructure – from the farm to the warehouse to the store – has been able to benefit from the use of cloud providers and their services.
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