Mexican businesses are powered by the cloud, but they have a way to go: Rackspace


Mexican businesses, like Colombian ones, leverage cloud solutions to boost their operations; while Brazilian businesses are born in the cloud and Chileans are halfway between these two approaches towards a technology that is the basis of the digital transformation of companies, according to Rodrigo Martineli, vice president and general manager of Rackspace Technologies Latin America.

“I always see a particular situation in Latin America when compared to other regions of the world: we have different degrees of maturity in cloud adoption,” said Martineli, who was part of the panel “The challenges for 2022 of the CIOs of Latam in the management of the cloud”, in which Rackspace clients and collaborators in the region also participated.

The cloud or cloud computing is made up of a network of servers that provide a model for processing and storing information on the Internet. One-third of public and private organizations in Latin America have been successful in migrating their technology infrastructure to the cloud in the last five years, so it’s no wonder that public cloud services have grown fourfold between 2017 and 2021, in the same way that private cloud services grew their adoption three times in the same period, according to information from the Select consultancy.

To make mistakes

For Juan Manuel Quintero, general manager of Precia, a Colombian company that provides real-time information on the capital market in Latin America, the cloud allows businesses to make mistakes in the process of implementing and scaling projects and technologies.

While the costs of installations within the businesses themselves make it very difficult to offer a service that is scalable as the number of products, services and clients increases; the cloud allows them to make mistakes and start over from scratch without incurring exorbitant costs.

Precia was born as a split from the Colombian stock exchange and used to work with own server installations. Quintero said that the cloud offers the company the flexibility to scale its infrastructure and be able to innovate.

“When we decided to try to migrate to the cloud, we did it more out of necessity. The infrastructure that we had was not going to be able to meet the innovation capabilities that we required at that time, which really put the continuity of the business operation at risk,” he said.

challenges

César Berho Gallardo, Director of Technology at Tribala Mexican fintech dedicated to the management of means of payment that recently raised 60 million dollars in a series B, the nature of this sector leads it to be exposed to different markets and for this reason, the technology delivery cycles must be very accelerated and that is what has led to the startup to choose the cloud as the foundation of its technology infrastructure.

These births and migrations of companies to the cloud cause challenges that Colombian and Mexican companies must face: The lack of personnel and specialized knowledge in the cloud; the adoption of technology as an evolutionary process and the adaptation of companies to the innovations that the cloud computing model constantly offers, according to Enrique Valladares, Director of Sales in Latin America for Rackspace.

In addition to these challenges, security becomes a fundamental factor when migrating to the cloud, so this technology is no longer being sought to directly reduce infrastructure costs but rather to streamline company operations, according to with the speakers at the conference.

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