Hyper-V is now ranked number one in Latin America for x86 virtualization, with 44.10% of the market share for Q3 2013, according to the IDC study “Latin America Server Virtualization Tracker Q3 2013.” During this period, Microsoft has for the first time closed the gap with its closest competitor.

The IDC study also shows that the adoption of virtualization solutions has increased, in general, in the region, with Brazil and Chile leading in Latin America with 31.3% and 30.4% in new x86 server virtualization, respectively. The region is clearly virtualizing more and more systems and applications.

The adoption of IT virtualization infrastructure is an example of how Latin America is one of the emerging markets that will shape what IDC calls the “Third IT Platform.”  According to IDC, in 2014 emerging markets will see almost 100% more smart connected devices shipped than in developed markets. They will also see their cloud computing spending increase seven-fold, and, in terms of Big Data, they will account for more than 40% of the ‘digital universe’ in 2014.

The virtualization of data centers offers greater efficiency and availability for companies’ demanding workloads, offering savings and a path to the benefits of cloud computing. With Hyper-V virtualization built into Windows Server customers get best-in-class features and performance.  When you add System Center, you can build cloud elasticity and elasticity into the datacenter.  Customers can take advantage of unified compute resources, data storage and networking administration tools which span physical, virtual and cloud environments.  The result is greater infrastructure flexibility, simplified IT administration and more efficient and cohesive operations.