Roundup: Zurich-IBM, MicroFocus, MercadoLivre

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grupo Zurich, the Mexican subsidiary of Swiss insurance group Zurich, will implement a private cloud based on IBM's (NYSE: IBM) PureSystems and SmartCloud, according to an IBM release.

PureSystems will provide the "backbone" for a new project called Zurich Infrastructure as a Service (Ziaas), which allows the company to share a common data platform.

Ziaas has allowed Zurich to increase its datacenter's system performance by 400% and reduce energy consumption by 75%.

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UK-based software firm MicroFocus named Ignacio Ayala sales director for Mexico and Central America, the company said in a release.

According to MicroFocus, the executive's main task will be strengthening the company's relationship with added value channels, developers and corporates from different verticals.

Ayala has over 11 years' experience in the IT segment. Previously he worked at IBM, Fiserv, and BMC Software, among others.


MercadoLivre has hired Guilherme Mazzola as head of the MercadoShops unit in Brazil, according to a release.

The business unit is responsible for a platform that enables developers to create their own virtual stores that are integrated with eBay and includes several features.

Launched three years ago in Brazil and now available in five other countries - Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela - the tool currently supports more than 90,000 entrepreneurs in the management of their online sales.