October 14, 2008 09:37 ET

Backus-Sabmiller Strengthens Processing Capacity With IBM Infrastructure

LIMA, PERU--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that Backus-Sabmiller, Peru's largest beer company, has acquired a new platform based on IBM servers and storage.

Backus-Sabmiller needed to update its server platform, and has adopted state-of-the-art technology from IBM. After an initial evaluation, IBM's offering was the solution that best met the company's need to strengthen its processing capacity. The client needed to rethink its infrastructure in order to optimize its cost efficiency, provide scalability for its corporate growth plans, and guarantee the high availability of its business operations.

The solution is based on 35 BladeCenter servers, 2 System x3755 servers, 2 System Storage DS4800 devices and 5 TS3200 libraries, which combined offered the client the opportunity to upgrade its IT infrastructure, with the following value added: flexibility, adaptable to changing workloads; simple administration, focused on providing processing, disk and tape resources on demand; operational continuity enabled by a remote contingency scheme and optimum response time in user applications. DS4800 is the high-end device in the DS4000 family of storage disk systems, and is well-known in the market as having one of the best price/performance ratios, combined with advanced compatibility and availability.

Backus-Sabmiller has gained a competitive advantage with the acquisition of an IBM BladeCenter that uses up to 50 percent less floor space and up to 35 percent less energy than competitor rack servers without sacrificing performance. Blades are the next-generation solution, promising improvements across the board. IBM BladeCenter's innovative, open design offers a true alternative to today's sprawling racks and overheated server rooms.

"IBM's commitment to the process with Backus and, particularly, its efforts, were the reasons why we selected it. The leading-edge technology solution we have acquired from IBM was aimed at strengthening our processing capacity, which is a non-core area for Backus," said Gustavo Noriega, CIO de Backus-Sabmiller.

Rafael Sánchez, General Manager, IBM Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay & Paraguay, commented, "We thank Backus-Sabmiller for its trust in IBM Peru. We are confident that the solution delivered will meet the company's future growth needs, maintaining and improving availability and processing capacity to do business with its suppliers and customers. Today, Backus-Sabmiller is preparing a flexible and agile system of operational capacity that will enable it to continuously improve its productivity and cut down its administrative costs."

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