By Narayan Ammachchi
IBM has landed an IT outsourcing contract with Chilean health insurance payment service provider PreviRed, although the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
Under the eight-year contract, IBM will provide cloud computing and application management and infrastructure-as-a-service.
PreviRed says it turned to IBM to give a “facelift” to its IT infrastructure and secure its online operation, which involves processing sensitive data. PreviRed is a web portal that allows people to pay their insurance premium online.
IBM, which has been operating in Chile for more than 50 years, will also build a private cloud environment for PreviRed so it can safeguard its operation from hackers and fraudsters.
Esteban Segura, CEO of PreviRed, stated that he chose IBM because of its extensive experience in dealing with cutting-edge information technology. Under the agreement, IBM will also develop and maintain some of the IT applications for the Chilean firm.
The US technology giant has dozens of data centers in Chile, most of them designed for infrastructure services and solutions, including big data analytics and cloud computing. Its Technology Services Centre in San Bernardo, a suburb of the capital Santiago, offers a wide verity of technology services to banking, telecommunications and retailing firms.
Data centers are in high demand in Chile. Figures collected by IBM in 2012 show companies are expecting to spend 50% more on their IT budget on new projects instead of maintaining existing facilities.
IBM has often said that it considers Chile as one of the 20 emerging market countries it wants to expand in. Elsewhere in Latin America, IBM has hundreds of data centers, most of them concentrated in Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.