Russia May End Imminent Cloud’s ‘Ides of March’ as it Improves on International Scoreboard
Russia has a cloud and big data conference this October, in the central-European nation of Austria, just marches away from Latvia. The latter is the destination at which most Moscow cloud companies have set base for their cloud servers, to eschew persecution at home. Indeed, Latvia has been the telltale sign of where the legendary Ides of March, which signaled the end of a king in Shakespearian lore, would have come from, were it not for the encouraging news of an improvement in Russia. The large country that stretches from Eastern Europe to the far lands of Asia currently ranks highly, on the global cloud scoreboard.
Forbes.com recently ranked the country position 14, ten slots down from the United States, signaling a great improvement. This means that despite the close watch at home of what cloud computing companies are doing, Russia is also relaxing its grip on the various resources that power the operations of server-based technology.
The improvement is due to a consciousness about IP. The report stated that Russia was instrumental in ratifying Internet Protocol concessions, thus expanding the horizon of identity for would-be users of the cloud in the country. It is worth to find the Russia’s story quite progressive, in contrast to half-a-dozen other continental nations that had negative growth, in the same report.
The latest news, however, May 12, points out to a continuing erosion of major firms from the country that are working from within but whose servers are in, mainly, Latvia. A single data warehouse in the latter nation says that it has five hundred projects, from Russia and its scion, Ukraine.
The above development is easy to confirm. Over the weekend of May 11-12, the web went awash with how Russian law enforcement personnel visited a cloud center and demanded to have a chat with the staff, before confiscating equipment. This, however, does not prevent work from continuing for most of the nation’s cloud resources, including servers, software, and apps, all have infrastructural base in neighboring nations.
The saving hand of cloud technology in the last remaining bastion of the former USSR, where policy matters may steal a march on technology, is manifest in the ease of forfeiting capital-intensive machinery. Cloud requires none of the common bulky hardware to enable one operate from a typical work base. What matters is a data center, which can be external, an email service, file-sharing applications and storage-scaling equipment, all of which need not be in-house. At least this is how most Russian kingpins of the cloud do in order to keep their data secure.
Russia Cloud Conference
In spite of these policy distractions, the country’s tech community is still on the fast lane of technological commitment. The best epiphany is the Russia Conference, for big data and cloud computing that will occur in Central Europe on the seventh day of October of the year. The major focus will be on the issue of security, advantages of the cloud, as well as, limitations of computing, and the entrepreneurial appropriation via the cloud, among others. The conference, interestingly, also has the helping hand of the authorities since the national and local administrations will be in attendance, besides Chief Technology Officers.
By John Omwamba
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