Security, virtualization solutions among top priorities for local businesses

- Thursday, March 3, 2011

Security, virtualization solutions among top priorities for local businesses

Implementing security and virtualization solutions are among the top priorities for Mexican businesses, local media outlet Infochannel reported IT consultancy IDC Mexico's general manager, Edgar Fierro, as saying.

According to an IDC study involving 96 Mexican companies, 85% said they are considering implementing virtualization solutions within the next 5-12 months.

Virtualization has become a priority because of the benefits it can yield, such as enabling server consolidation, improved information availability and reduced equipment acquisition costs, Fierro said.

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Virtualization solution penetration in Mexico is only 18%, and the opportunity is latent, he noted, while server consolidation represents a large business opportunity, as only 65% of installed servers have been consolidated.

Security solutions are expected to grow in Mexico this year to address network vulnerability, according to Fierro. He said that as the software industry is expected to grow 11%, management and vulnerability solutions in particular will see 10% growth.

Among 165 companies surveyed by IDC, 18% said they were looking for solutions for vulnerability and monitoring, while 14% for data loss prevention, as these were cited as the main reasons to acquire security software. In another survey of 160 companies, 34% said they plan to implement security solutions in the next 3-9 months.

According to Fierro, security solutions and virtualization have gone from passing trends to real business environments. He also noted the change in priorities for businesses, as these two aspects are new compared with two years ago, when best practices and web 2.0 were most important.