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Russia runs out of cloud data storage after Ukraine invasion

Russia began a military invasion of the country of Ukraine on February 24, which is still ongoing and has triggered a chain of sanctions against Russia. Google, Meta (Facebook’s parent company), Apple and many other tech companies are winding down their operations in Russia, mainly due to sanctions imposed by Europe and the United States. Russia now faces another problem: the country lacks storage for cloud services.

Russian media Kommersant, citing government sources, reports that Russia is rapidly running out of national data storage for servers and other critical IT equipment. Russia’s Digital Transformation Ministry reportedly held a meeting on March 9 with representatives from Sberbank, MTS, Oxygen, Rostelecom, Atom-Data, Croc and Yandex. A source said Kommersant that the departure of foreign cloud services like Google and Amazon has increased demand for local storage, and the country expects that capacity to run out in the next two months. The shortage could lead to the shutdown of non-essential services, such as cloud gaming, music streaming and video-sharing platforms.

Russia would also have difficulty importing equipment from China, due to rising prices (the value of the Russian currency is collapsing) and disputed logistics. A source reportedly said Kommersant (translated), “Two trucks of servers from a foreign supplier have entered the country, but they refuse to give them to us, citing sanctions.” Ironically, Huawei has supposedly halted shipments to Russia until March 26, which itself has been negatively affected by US sanctions over the past few years.

Russia is exploring a few options for data storage, including seizing computers from companies leaving the country. The simplest solution would probably be for Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine, which the United Nations says has killed around 700 civilians so far, including 48 children.

Source: Kommersant
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