Russian Companies Begin to Tap Potential of Cloud Services: Report

Cloud services in Russia are on the rise, with some companies still realizing the sector’s potential value for their business, while others might be put off by security issues, bneIntellinews writes citing a report by consultancy IDC.

According to the report, in 2019, cloud services grew by about a quarter year-on-year, as companies began using them to save on deploying their own IT infrastructures.

Still, Russia’s penetration of this type of services is very low, with cloud services responsible only for 4% of the total IT infrastructure, compared with a global average of roughly 45%.

Similarly, Russia is lagging behind in the proportion of companies using cloud services, the report says. While globally, roughly one half of all companies use cloud-based solutions, for Russia, the figure is just under 20%, according to data from Softline.

The local cloud service segment is developing slower than most advanced markets, but the potential for growth is substantial, Softline’s head of cloud solutions department Sergei Samoukin was quoted as saying by Computerworld Russia.

By 2022, Russia’s cloud service could grow by 250%, Alexander Sorokoumov, general director of SberCloud, Sberbank’s subsidiary in charge of developing cloud technologies, was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

He explained Russia’s lagging behind in developing cloud services due to a late start and competition from system integration companies, which promote traditional IT infrastructure services as opposed to cloud technologies.

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