Despite having an efficiency edge over private clouds, public cloud computing implementations in Latin America will not begin in earnest until 2012, Unisys' (NYSE: UIS) Latin America director for technology, consulting and solution integration, Andre Vilela, told BNamericas.
Months of investigation and pilot programs will bear fruit this year in terms of private cloud rollouts.
Meanwhile, organizations in Brazil are already using public clouds to process electronic invoicing, and a greater adoption of such tools - particularly in the regional retail industry - is now in sight, according to the executive.
"In the next two-three years, some companies will move from the private cloud to the public cloud," he said. "The retail industry is known for its ties with electronic online transactions. It's an industry that is looking for dynamic answers for its business."
Vilela warned that data security issues will rear their head once prospects start to weigh the public cloud option, but noted that the technology presents significant advantages.
"The main advantage is that you can generate more efficiency in your infrastructure through sharing," he said. "When we migrate to a public cloud, due to the fact that there is an addition of new possible clients using the same infrastructure, gains in efficiency are much larger."
2011 IT TRENDS
Unisys pits cloud computing as one of this year's hottest IT trends in Latin America and in other parts of the world.
Other technologies expected to define the global market this year include IT security, social computing tools such as Twitter, advanced automation solutions, specialized hardware and software applications, and mobile devices.
Vilela emphasized that Latin America's adoption rate of new technologies is catching up to those in other regions of the world.
"There is not a significant difference between what is happening in Latin America and what is happening in other parts of the world," he said. "Technologically, we are very aligned with what's going on in other countries."