Managed web hosting provider Connectria Hosting announced on Thursday that it is increasing its efforts to expand business in Brazil and Argentina among other South American countries.
This news follows Connectria’s recent announcement that it now offers cloud hosting based on the IBM i platform.
According to a press release, Brazil and Argentina account for about five percent of Connectria’s worldwide revenues. Its customers in these countries include financial institutions, technology providers, media companies, and social networks, among others.
This announcement comes a couple days after iWeb announced its plans to sell cloud hosting in Brazil. iWeb has operated in the Brazilian market since 2006, seeing its client base grow from 11 clients to nearly 1,100 clients, representing nearly 10 percent of its client base, according to the company.
Brazil in particular has become more of a target for web hosting and cloud computing growth in the past few years, so much so that the WHIR’s parent company iNet Interactive launched the Brazilian arm of its online web hosting community Web Hosting Talk in 2011. While there are already established providers in the Brazilian market such as Locaweb, web hosts like HostDime and SingleHop have found success in the market as well.
Parallels launched Brazilian Portuguese support for Parallels Plesk control panel, making it relatively simple for a web host that already uses Plesk to begin offering web hosting to Brazilian customers in their native language.
Connectria says it will send representatives to meet with prospective customers and partners in Brazil and Argentina this month, and explore potential growth opportunities as demand for its services increase in those markets.
With data centers in Missouri and Pennsylvania, Connectria says its plan follows Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s announcement that he will lead a delegation of Missouri business leaders to Brazil from April 14 to 18 to promote Missouri product and service exports. According to the press release, Brazil is Missouri’s 10th largest export market.
“Countries in South America account for a sizable amount of Connectria’s global business today and continues to grow,” Rich Waidmann, Connectrai president and CEo said in a statement. Given the increasing demand, it makes sense for us to devote more resources into these markets. We wish Governor Nixon’s delegation a successful trip and hope to further contribute toward improved trade relations throughout South America.”
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