IBM Powers CITGO's Business Infrastructure

CITGO Selects IBM Systems and Storage to Fuel Increased Efficiency and Growth

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TULSA, OK - 25 Apr 2006: IBM today announced that CITGO, a leading refiner of petrochemicals, transportation fuels, and other industrial products, has selected IBM servers and storage to power key business functions and create new efficiencies.

CITGO has implemented IBM TotalStorage, System x, System p and BladeCenter systems as the technology infrastructure to run the company's trading and scheduling, supply chain management, HR and finance operations. As CITGO continually seeks to deliver consistent, innovative products and services to its client base, the systems will provide increased performance, reliability and lower total cost of ownership to help streamline and transform these key business functions.

"As gasoline retailing experiences tremendous change, it is critical that CITGO take an innovative approach to meeting the needs of our family of marketers and our technology infrastructure is critical for delivering innovation, reliability and security," said Bob Mareburger, General Manager Information Technology and CIO for CITGO. "We are continuing to leverage a strategic technology relationship that IBM and CITGO have together built over many years."

"Companies today are looking for competitive differentiation and growth driven through innovation, improved performance and streamlined operations," said Dan Bisett, Oklahoma Sales Executive, for IBM. "As a downstream petroleum leader, CITGO has chosen IBM's industry-leading systems and storage to provide maximum efficiency, flexibility, and reliability to continue to drive competitive differentiation for the company."

CITGO is tapping high-end, Intel-based IBM x460 System; POWER5-based IBM System p570 and p520; and IBM BladeCenter. The implementation includes IBM's TotalStorage DS4800, a key component of IBM's business continuity solutions portfolio, and the TotalStorage DS8300, which is designed to deliver robust, flexible and cost-effective disk storage for mission-critical workloads.

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