Yesterday Telefonica (NYSE:TEF, news, filings) launched a cloud computing platform aimed at Latin America called Virtual Hosting 2.0. Latin America is of course Telefonica's growth engine, while its Spanish incumbent and other European businesses are far less dynamic. Telefonica is powering the new platform via five interconnected data centers spread across five countries in South America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia.
Based on the VCE Vblock infrastructure, put together jointly by Cisco, EMC and VMware, the service offers the usual recipe of computing capacity, storage, networking, and security via IaaS, virtual data centers, private clouds, etc. No doubt it will evolve further from there, but the point is obviously to plant the company's cloud flag on the region's soil and start fighting for marketshare.
Telefonica's cloud effort targets the corporate and government marketplaces, much like similar efforts by other large international telecoms but less often in this geography so far. Using a recognized architecture also lets them serve multinationals with a need for cloud infrastructure in the region that will interface easily with the rest of their global systems.
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