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IP traffic and data storing in the global server known as “the cloud” will grow 31 percent in Latin America between now and 2017, while surging from 77 exabytes in 2012 to 298 exabytes (each equivalent to 500,000 hours on DVD), according to the technology company Cisco.
In its third Global Cloud Index, released this week, the multinational said the increase has been forecast due to improvements in Latin American data centers, ever more virtualized and more efficient in processing access, uploads and downloads by users of such platforms as YouTube, Skydrive and Google Drive.
The shift of services to the global virtual data center and the focus on developing applications that do not have to be installed in the computer were also decisive in the forecast, the multinational said.
Cloud computing is becoming an integral part of Latin America’s connectivity environment, creating new opportunites of generating revenues for service providers (video, music, content storage, etc.), according to Thomas Barnett, director of the Cisco Cloud Index.
The exchange of data from mobile devices, which will surpass three times that of fixed lines between 2011 and 2016, according to the company, has been one of the main reasons for the development of the sector, which is forecast to have 10 billion mobile devices connected to the Internet in five years.
With this growth, subscribers in Latin America will be able to access their business, shopping and content applications from a wide variety of devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) in a more effective way, Barnett said.
Specifically, the Cloud Index considers Latin America to be on a par with other regions in the world in adopting this trend, very close to North America.