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IT spending in Mexico to be limited, yet datacenter future is bright - study


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August.14.2014

Adjusted economic growth figures for Mexico will cause the country's IT spending this year to be limited, with the focus on operations and the replacement of IT equipment in particular.

Salvador Orozco, VP of consultancy Gartner Latin America, said companies will be more hesitant to invest in innovative, disruptive technologies, after the finance ministry (SHCP) reduced Mexico's 2014 economic growth projection to 2.7% from 3.9% at the beginning of the year, local daily El Economista reported.

However, a study by Gartner of 150 companies in Latin America showed that fifty percent said they would invest more in IT in 2014 than last year, while 40% said investment would remain at the same levels, El Economista said. For Mexico, this proportion was about the same, though the growth in investment is projected to be below the Latin American average.

In addition, Mexico is set to become the top supplier of datacenter services in Latin America by 2018, according to Gartner studies.

The global datacenter market is currently worth US$143bn.

This year, IBM announced it would invest US$1.2bn in datacenters worldwide, including one in Mexico City that is to be opened this quarter.

Mexican telco Alestra opened a US$58.7mn datacenter in Querétaro state earlier this year, and KIO Networks announced it was buying redIT to become a leading provider in datacenters in Mexico and the region.

The datacenter growth is due in large part to mobility and cloud computing.

"This [growth] will be seen with the arrival of new companies. We're going to see current companies growing more quickly and foreign companies buying local companies," Orozco was quoted as saying by El Economista.

Article Credit: Bnamericas

Updated 4 Years ago
 

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