Sonda launches first corporate cloud computing service in Latin America

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chilean IT systems integrator Sonda has launched in Chile a new corporate cloud computing system, Qumulos, after an 18-month planning period and a six-month test run, Sonda business manager Sergio Rademacher told BNamericas.

Although Rademacher declined from giving hard numbers, the new service is part of the company's US$500m investment plan for the region, with Chile being the first country to launch the service and Brazil following shortly after.

"Even though Chile is a small market compared to Brazil, it's still very important. We're also finishing implementing the service in Mexico, with Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica soon to follow," he added.

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To provide the service, Sonda uses VBlock, a virtual computing environment alliance between US storage solutions supplier EMC (NYSE: EMC), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and California-based virtualization software company VMware (NYSE: VMW).

Cloud computing provides three main service models: software as a service (SaaS), where the consumer uses the provider's applications running on a cloud infrastructure; platform as a service (PaaS), where applications are created using programming languages; and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), where the consumer is able to deploy and run software, which can include operating systems and applications.

At the moment, Qumulos will concentrate in offering IaaS and SaaS, as PaaS is mainly orientated toward developers. According to Rademacher, so far there are no competitors in the Chilean market for cloud computing, and the only potential competition is from companies based in the US. He believes Sonda's investment so far in infrastructure and security could prove a substantial barrier to entry for local companies.

"Each year, VMware invites 30 of the best cloud computing providers in the world to its general meeting, and we're the only ones in Latin America to attend this year," Rademacher said.