Martin Henao, NOLA Commercial Director of IFX Networks talks about the cloud in Central America

Martin comments on what Central American companies lack in order to make the ultimate leap to the Cloud.

It is estimated that 50% of medium and large Latin American companies have partially or completely adopted the cloud model in recent years. This reality is more evident in Central America, a region in which this same index reaches only 35%. This is what Martin Elias Henao, Commercial Director of IFX Networks for Northern Latin America, gives thought to.

What’s going on?

There is still a lot of ignorance and questions around the subject. The vast majority of companies in Central America understand that it is an inevitable step in order to compete globally and improve their production processes. However, they do not dare make the ultimate leap to the cloud because they do not know if they are ready. Others do not understand how to do this, they mistakenly believe that it is something unattainable or think that they will put their processes and information at risk “.

IFX Networks is one of the most experienced providers of managed telecommunications and IT services in Latin America. It has been in the market for over 20 years, operates in 17 countries in the region, has a network of 12 data centers and services more than 2200 organizations. Its experts periodically meet with customers from different economic sectors to advise them on migration processes to the cloud. The experience in this field has allowed them to identify some of the concerns of Central American entrepreneurs in regards to this model. The main ones are:

It’s very expensive and I can’t.

It is clear that to migrate to the cloud you must invest, but the return on investment is generally justified with the benefits obtained in security, agility and flexibility with this operation. In any case, the economic and budget issue has increasingly weighed less when making this decision, since migrating the operation, or part of it to the cloud, generally involves managing scalable and accurate billing models. Models such as the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allow hired services to grow as needed and to shrink when they are not required. This is why companies in all segments no longer see price as a main factor when choosing a provider in the cloud.

I don’t know how to do it.

“Difficulties will always exist. A particular case is the migration of critical applications. However, this situation has ceased to be an obstacle. Today there are specialized companies, such as IFX Networks, which not only provide cloud infrastructure, but also offer complete support in management and administration of data, processes and operations. And even more importantly, with the highest achievable safety standards, “says the Commercial Director of this company for Northern Latin America.

I do not know which cloud suits me best.

It is important to point out that there are three kinds of cloud: public, private and hybrid. The public cloud is based on the standard model in which resources such as servers and storage are from a service provider. It is administered and offered through the internet.

In the private cloud, the previously mentioned resources are used exclusively by a company (either in their own facilities or outside). The hybrid cloud, on the other hand, is a combination of the previous two.

The three cloud modals handle specific advantages and benefits. A good provider of cloud services will always advise a company on what is best depending on its characteristics and needs.

“Not migrating to the cloud will make it very difficult for a company to carry out a digital transformation process. To this effect, you will not be able to implement innovations that facilitate: automation of processes, reduction of costs, improvement of communications and maximization of efficiency. Successful migration to the cloud is possible. The invitation is to take the first step: request the advice of a supplier that, in addition to guaranteeing knowledge and experience, has the best IT infrastructure, “concludes Martin Elias Henao.