Latin America is one of the regions that will be key to the growth of the IT sector over the next three years. The countries in which this growth will focus are Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina.
Francisco Villarreal *
We are always surprised when we review the statistics of how technology is present in our lives, especially those of Information Technology. For example, let's just think that in 2012, 15,000 million (15 Billions in the English system) of mobile devices were working in the world, among smartphones, tablets and laptops with wireless connection.
That same year, we have data that in the Asia-Pacific region, 40% of employees connected to their work sources via a mobile phone.
81% of working people active on the planet use some type of device at work. In China alone, the 90% of IT Managers will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
BYOD is a strategy in which IT managers allow users of a corporate network to bring their own mobile devices to their offices. Then the data switches have to offer support for the development of technological initiatives, how are you doing? To answer this, let us think for a moment about the following points:
BYDO's policies involve many challenges for IT administrators, since aspects such as corporate applications that were standardized, information security and protections against computer threats must be considered.
Not all employees who could participate in this strategy have the same profile, nor the same needs when they enter the resources of the corporate network. From the point of view of the network infrastructure, administrators and systems engineers have the challenge of sustaining the convergence in a single network, the corporate network traffic with the additional load of the users participating in the BYOD programs.
All this implies that from the perspective of access to networks, which is precisely the frontier where mobile devices connect to the corporate network, the business network must have the capacity and flexibility to support this new change and embrace a new paradigm.
There are many advantages behind the initiatives of BYOD but the challenge to overcome is that by embracing them, there should be no impact on the normal operation of the corporate computer data services and the experience of the users with BYOD and the rest of the personnel that are involved. connect at all times to get the information.
Having said this, having a network infrastructure constituted with data switches that have "enough intelligence" to recognize the type of users, the type of devices that access it, and differentiate their roles to give them access to applications that they require. All this must operate, minimize the impact and facilitate migration towards these work policies and networks.
The differentiator that currently determines and manages the operations of IT users and administrators is the operating system. These days there are modular operating systems, based on open architectures, with which it is possible to predict the behavior and needs of the network, before changes or adjustments, its modularity allows to load new processes and routines focused on security, to the administration of the resources and the identification of users and their devices.
With these capabilities the network "reacts" to the events of access and disconnection of users and devices, thus avoiding an overload in the administration process and resources, becoming a powerful tool for IT Managers.
These same capabilities can be used even in virtualized environments, both for servers in Data Centers and in remote work sessions for users working in BYOD programs. All network processes, in the future, will be executed in protected memories that provide resilience to attacks or failed processes in the same network.
In order to support these strategies, self-defined software or SDN (Software Defined Networks) networks will allow to recognize the roles of each user and / or device that accesses the network, automation mechanisms for the network to be reconfigure by itself responding to identified activities, create an administration and automatic application of security profiles.
The goal to achieve is that before the implementation of BYOD schemes, lead administrators to have a conventional static network and be reactive before changes, to a network where intelligence is in access to the network to take it to a dynamic model and proactive.
The concept of mobility in the network goes beyond supporting mobile devices or providing a network for them. It covers all the convergence of all IT services in a single intelligent network that has the capacity to respond and adapt to changes.
The networks will be a fundamental part of the growth and quality of service of every company in the world, in the next 3 years.
Latin America, expands its networks
In the last 3 years, Latin American nations have maintained a sustained growth in most of the productive sectors of their economies, including IT, which remains on the rise and without expectations of change or stagnation.
The trend that will be most appreciated in the coming years will be that of BYOD; At the moment, more than 250 millions of workers are already using it. In Latin America, 4G (LTE) networks and the democratization of smartphones will be decisive for the massive sharing of work data (IDC data).
This scenario predicts that LATAM will have a growth of 10.3% in the Information Technology (IT) sector during this 2013, which represents twice the development of the highly developed nations.
The outstanding countries where attention will have to be paid to IT are: Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, which will be leaders in the adption and use of this technology.
In turn, the growth of fixed and mobile broadband, the use of LTE data networks, the implementation and development of smart cities, improvements in computer security, new digital distance education techniques, teleworking, media and Broadcasting, will be the key points in the implementation of convergent networks.
The use and transfer of computer data will be a "commodity" that will be sold and provided in every country as something necessary to generate growth and quality of life in every society.
- BYOD will be essential for the development of companies worldwide, more than 250 millions of workers already make use of this.
- 81% of economically active people use a mobile.
- 90% of IT Managers in China implement BYOD.
- The SDN will be the trend that will change the way networks are used in a business.
- LATAM will be the key area of growth for the IT sector during the next three years.
- The leading Latin American countries in the IT sector will be Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
- The computer networks will be a key point for the socioeconomic development of the emerging and developed nations.
* Francisco Villarreal is director of Regional Engineering at Extreme Networks.