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February 24, 2011

IBM and FONAFE Form Cloud Computing Agreement in Peru
By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

IBM has entered into a partnership with The Government National Business Funding Agency (Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento de la Actividad Empresarial del Estado / FONAFE) to develop and manage a private cloud-computing technology infrastructure.

This five year agreement centralizes IT operations for 10 government-owned companies, IBM (News - Alert) has announced.

The agreement was signed in February this year and it is expected to increase the competitiveness of the Peruvian State in the region.

IBM will consolidate 10 data centers, virtualize more than 130 servers and centralize database administration for approximately 40 applications as part of the project. More than 3,000 users will now get services such as Internet, e-mail and social networking systems, such as chat programs through the use of cloud computing technology.

The government-owned civil services companies that will participate in the project include: Electroperu, Hidrandina, Electrocentro, Electronorte, Electro Noroeste, Corpac, Serpost, Enapu, Fondo Mivivienda and Fonafe.

“IBM's consolidation and virtualization strategy will enable these companies to have a more flexible and safe technological environment that will result not only in cost savings, but also in a more efficient use of power resources," said Jaime Garcia Echecopar, general manager, IBM Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay & Paraguay.  "Through the use of cloud-based services, the organizations can get what they need, as they need it.”

With these new solutions, government companies can now increase their competitiveness and cut down operating costs. Also, the other institutions of the public sector will be able to easily benefit from the advantages offered by the Shared Service Center with the use of cloud computing-technology of the FONAFE companies, the company stated in a press release.

Recently, noHold Inc., a provider of Web-based self-service solutions that aims at offering live support through virtual medium, has announced that IBM is going to incorporate the Virtual Agent technology into the quiz show Jeopardy. The move by IBM is a stark contrast from the way technology has traditionally been used in customer support till now.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee


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