Newborn Go2neXt seeks to be cloud "facilitator," CEO says

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brazilian IT solutions firm Go2neXt, officially launched in October, is looking to be a cloud "facilitator" in the local market, company CEO Paulo Pichini told BNamericas.

"The idea of a cloud facilitator is taking our clients' environment to the world of the cloud by using tools already available in the market. I also like to coin that business approach as 'cloudsourcing' - a bundle between outsourcing and cloud computing," Pichini said.

Earlier this week, Go2neXt concluded the purchase of cabling and datacenter infrastructure provider Cynett. With the operation - for which a share swap was carried out, Pichini said, without revealing further details - Go2neXt now sees itself better structured to drive business in the country.

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According to Pichini, Go2neXt intends to make use of Cynett's ICT know-how and, especially, its expertise in planning, developing and managing datacenter infrastructure.

Go2neXt's cloudsourcing services in Brazil will mainly target large companies in four business verticals, according to the executive: banking, telco carriers, enterprises (civil construction, education and media companies) and what Pichini dubs the datacenter vertical, aimed at small and medium enterprises.

The CEO predicts some 25mn reais (US$14.2mn) in revenues by December 2012, when Go2neXt's first fiscal year will be concluded. Some 5mn reais of that amount is likely to come from Cynett operations.

But in addition to Cynett's established portfolio, which includes companies like Unilever, Ambev, Vivo and British Telecom, Go2neXt is already in advanced negotiations for some new contracts of its own, Pichini noted.

Go2neXt's plan for Brazil also includes deploying a cloud network operation center, called C-NOC, to manage networks in the cloud.

The facility is expected to be operational by year-end in Tamboré city, located in São Paulo state.