IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Peruvian business funding agency Fonafe have signed a five-year IT agreement to develop a private cloud computing infrastructure to centralize and organize an initial 10 government-run firms, Fonafe CIO Raúl Caro said.
According to Fonafe, this new agreement will save Peru's government more than US$4.2mn in the next five years, with a 40% reduction in operational costs.
"This technology is not only a way to reduce costs, but also a way to control resources. At the moment, around 70% of ICT budgets goes towards IT support, and only 30% is used to develop the business," Caro told BNamericas.
As part of the agreement, IBM will consolidate 10 data centers, virtualize more than 130 servers and centralize database administration.
"IBM's consolidation and virtualization strategy will enable these companies to have a more flexible and safe technological environment that will result in cost savings and more efficient use of power resources," said Jaime García, IBM's Peru manager.
Fonafe is a Peruvian holding made up of 33 government-run companies in the electric, water, finance, oil and gas sectors.