OpenStack Summit Day 1: Mexico’s Roadmap to the Cloud

The government of Mexico is headed into the cloud, and it’s counting on OpenStack to take it there.

That was the message to a group of OpenStack Summit attendees Monday in a break-out session from Victor Lagunes, CIO of the Office of the President of Mexico.

As chief information officer, Lagunes is responsible for supporting the country’s National Digital Strategy, which seeks to transform and advance Mexico’s socioeconomic development goals through the use of technology. His office leads implementation of the Information and Communication Technologies policy,  which focuses on the interoperability, consolidation and information security of public federal agencies in order to improve public policy.

The country’s National Digital Strategy is a set of guidelines established last May by President Enrique Peña Nieto to influence how Mexico prioritizes the use of technology, including how they procure, inventory and apply it across all areas of the federal government.

Lagunes shared his strategy and vision for Mexico’s path to the cloud and explained why his office is betting on OpenStack to accelerate the roadmap for a new delivery of services.

With more than 100,000 technology graduates, Mexico is a robust player in the tech space. The country is the third-largest exporter of IT services and invests one percent of its national budget in its ICT policy. To grow this investment, Victor’s team must show that IT spending adds measureable value to the quality of life of Mexico’s 120 million residents.

But planning and designing a cloud platform to support different applications, services and clients can be challenging. The key to overcoming this, Lagunes said, is through partnerships with organizations in the tech industry, like Rackspace, which can help integrate a service-oriented architecture into Mexico’s digital systems.

For example, OpenStack will be critical to supporting the upcoming launch of gob.mx, a new web portal that will make it easy for Mexican residents to access more than 6,000 digital government services through a single port of entry, from anywhere, using any device. This digital map will help standardize the interoperability of government digital systems, which are currently housed across different federal agencies that manage and store this data in different ways.

OpenStack allows Lagunes and his team to start small and scale out, enabling them to remain neutral and respectful of the IT decisions of the various federal institutions, states and municipalities who will be impacted by the consolidation efforts.

OpenStack also gives the team the ability to deploy new services by reducing the risk of relying on proprietary technology, meaning they can build a government cloud with differentiated service level agreements across federal agencies and, at a later time, migrate workloads to competing cloud providers who provide a better fit.

Gob.mx is just one example of how OpenStack is helping to bridge the gap between citizens and government. As the open source community grows, so too will the number of use cases that show the true power of open source computing platforms.

Lagunes’ breakout session was one of dozens that make up this year’s OpenStack Summit, which will see more than 5,000 OpenStack users, developers and administrators convene in downtown Vancouver to discuss all things OpenStack, from Neutron and CERN to containers and Swift.

Leezia Dhalla was the Speakers Bureau Program Manager at Rackspace until 2015, where she was responsible for coordinating external speaking engagements and developing corporate messaging for senior leadership, software developers and key subject matter experts. graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.

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