Laptops are expected to remain the preferred devices for Latin America's corporate segment by 2014, leaving tablets in second place, according to a study by US chip manufacturer Intel (NYSE: INTC).
The study was based on the answers of 20 Intel employees serving 65 of the company's largest corporate clients in Latin America.
According to the study, cloud computing has fueled investments in new servers to support this technology, particularly private clouds.
The survey shows that 42% of Intel's corporate clients in the region are planning to adopt a cloud-based solution in the next 18 months.
Public clouds are in an exploration stage, and application security remains one of the main obstacles to winning over companies, the study found.
"The same research with Intel's corporate customers in North America estimated that 78% are planning to implement a private cloud within 18 months," said Frank Johnson, Intel's business sales director for the Americas.
Overall IT investments have been increasing in Latin America, and this growth is expected to continue during the next 12 months.