Frost & Sullivan: Cloud Computing Services in Russia Offer Huge Growth Potential

According to a new study published by Frost & Sullivan the use of cloud computing technologies in the public sector in Russia is already well established.  Continuing adoption of cloud services will have a significant impact on both the public and private sectors. The availability of affordable IT infrastructure will have a positive impact on both small and large enterprises, while cloud-based systems in healthcare and e-government will change the way that people interact with public organizations. Additionally, the Russian government is promoting the use of tax accounting software and electronic services.

“Successful implementation of Rostelecom’s recently developed National Cloud Platform O7 – which offers applications for healthcare, education, housing and utilities, businesses, and smart city – will also have a substantial impact on E-government services in Russia,” said Frost & Sullivan Consultant Andrey Vyatskikh. “Electronic medical records and remote access to secure educational content for schools are among the key developments.”

However, Vyatskikh continued, “there are several restraints for cloud computing penetration in Russia that need to be addressed before such solutions can meet their full potential. Information security and privacy are the major concerns for businesses considering investment in cloud-based solutions. Major Russian companies are not yet ready to store critical information in the cloud, because the responsibility for loss or leakage of commercial information has still not been regulated by law.”

Additionally the type of affordable broadband access that is necessary for cloud to work is not yet widely available outside the main metropolitan areas of Russia. But even so, the use of the unified cloud IT infrastructure has already become a standard for Russian financial companies with distributed networks of offices and cloud electronic document interchange (EDI) systems continue to be adopted by Russian retail companies. Additionally, Russian vendors have already started to provide IaaS and PaaS solutions in the form of public, private, and hybrid clouds as well as software for document creation and interchange with regulatory agencies, CRM, and content, communication, and collaboration (CCC) systems on a software as a service (SaaS) basis.

“The continuing adoption of cloud services will have a significant impact on both the public and private sectors in Russia. Implementation of the National Cloud Platform will increase the quality of healthcare and government services due to the unification of services and their higher availability via Internet and public universal access points (terminals),” said Vyatskikh. “As for the private sector, Russian business is cautiously waiting for more empirical evidence of successful cloud system implementation. As soon as such proof points emerge, demand for cloud services in Russia is likely to increase significantly.” (For additional information on this report, contact: Frost & Sullivan, +48 22 481 62 20, www.frost.com.)

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