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ARMONK, N.Y. and BANGALORE, India, - 16 May 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) said today that Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd. has selected IBM servers and storage technology to allow their Lubricants division to manage, track, and leverage information and processes more effectively. The new IBM Power® 7 and System ® x servers and System Storage™ products were selected over other solutions because of the IBM platform's ease of management, cost-effectiveness and price-performance ratio.

Gulf Oil Corporation, a part of Hinduja Group, has seen rapid growth of their lubes division in the last few years. The large number of internal business processes and expanding operations of Gulf Oil led to the requirement of an ERP application to provide real-time information analysis for business management.

The IBM solution stack for the SAP ERP system was implemented across all of the offices of Gulf Oil Corporation's Lubricants division in India. It includes IBM Power 770 and System x servers mounted on the IBM BladeCenter® H Chassis with IBM System Storage DS5020 Express® and TS3200 Tape Library Express®. The scalability of the servers will help the company manage its growth in the future and the storage devices will be used for backup of critical ERP data. IBM business partner Nair Business Machines played a key role in implementing the IBM solution.

"Our rapidly growing business needed a robust, scalable and high-performing infrastructure. We chose to buy the IBM hardware stack because of the unified approach they presented to us to solve our business need. The implementation of the SAP ERP system on IBM systems and storage ensures high performance of the business application, while reducing our energy footprint and increasing return on investment," said Mr. Manish Gangwal, Head Finance, Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd.

"Companies rely on an efficient IT infrastructure to support business-critical applications and we believe that our systems implementation will help Gulf Oil realize their vision of being one of the top positioned players in Lubricants segment," said Vivek Mehta, Vice President, General Business, West Region, IBM India/South Asia. "In addition, our innovative workload optimized systems ensure a reduced energy footprint, which was a key benefit that Gulf Oil was looking for."

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