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Grupo Zurich Mexico speeds operations and improves customer insurance claims payment through the cloud

 Grupo Zurich Mexico speeds operations and improves customer insurance claims
                          payment through the cloud

New private cloud infrastructure built on IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud
improves performance and reduces operating costs.

PR Newswire

MEXICO CITY, July 23, 2013

MEXICO CITY, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Grupo Zurich, the Mexican
subsidiary of one of the world's largest insurance groups, will implement a
new private cloud based on IBM (NYSE: IBM) PureSystems and SmartCloud. The
new cloud will provide the company with greater flexibility to deploy new
applications while increasing the availability of its website and helping to
improve the overall customer experience.

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The PureSystems infrastructure will provide the backbone for a new project
known as Zurich Infrastructure as a Service (Ziaas). This project will help
Zurich to simplify the operation of enterprise applications and share a common
data platform while providing a consistent look-and-feel for end users. Thus,
the data center will have the agility to meet the needs of employees using
different types of devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs, printers, camcorders,
etc.). Before deploying PureSystems, these application upgrades could take
Grupo Zurich days or even weeks. Now, upgrades can be deployed in minutes.

"Having virtual copies of the servers on a single physical location enables us
to turn off excess equipment, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions and saves
energy," said Joshua Bernal, Infrastructure manager, Zurich Mexico. "The new
Private cloud allows us to more efficiently manage our larger databases and
storage systems. As a result, both the customer service functions and the
business processes teams benefit from highly availability IT resources."

Since deploying PureFlex, the client has been able to achieve overall cost
reductions in data centers of up to 54 percent. These savings include lower
operating costs and application licenses, as well as reduced hardware
requirements. With Ziaas, the company has greater flexibility in its data
center and can better use its IT resources. As a result of Ziaas, the company
has realized an increase in system performance of 400 percent and a reduction
in energy consumption of 75 percent.

"Zurich Mexico continues to modernize itself, and PureSystems helps assure
business continuity and full regulatory compliance through this project," said
Ricardo Galicia, PureSystems Solutions Representative at IBM Mexico.

Grupo Zurich is the latest in a series of PureSystems client successes in key
growth markets around the world. In the single year since IBM introduced its
first expert integrated systems - the result of $2 billion in R&D and
acquisitions over four years – more than 6,000 clients from 100 countries have
decided that the IBM PureSystems family offers an alternative to current
enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require
significant resources to set up and maintain.

The IBM PureSystems family offers clients an alternative to current enterprise
computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant
resources to set up and maintain. The PureFlex System enables organizations to
more efficiently create and manage an infrastructure. PureApplication Systems
help organizations reduce the cost and complexity of rapidly deploying and
managing applications. PureData Systems are tuned for cloud computing and can
consolidate more than 100 databases on a single system. In addition to the
common web application patterns supported by PureApplication System, the
combination of both PureData and PureApplication Systems can be used for end
to end transaction workloads.

For more information about Zurich Insurance Group visit: www.zurich.com.mx

For more information on IBM PureSystems visit: www.ibm.com/press/pure

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Chris Rubsamen
IBM Communications
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Svetlana Stavreva
IBM Media relations, Growth Markets
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Paola Podesta
IBM Media Relations, Latin America
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