Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, or MTS, is not only the largest telecommunications group in Russia and the Confederation of Independent States, but also the largest mobile operator in Eastern and Central Europe. It has more than 100 million mobile subscribers and 9 million customers for its fixed line services, which include voice, broadband Internet and pay TV.
In March 2017, the company launched #CloudMTS, a large enterprise cloud service that provides elastic cloud functionality, including real-time provisioning for computing resources, backup and large data processing. The following year, he unveiled object storage for corporate information, messaging services, and personal data processing, helping to increase the number of data processed and stored in the cloud by seven times. society.
Today, the extension of MTS cloud services through its IP network and 10 data centers continues. In January, the company acquired IT-Grad, a cloud service provider with five data centers spread across Russia and the first in the country to base its offerings on VMware technology.
Ivan Frunze, Technical Director of #CloudMTS, recently explained what he thought was the demand, why he was excited about how the cloud is helping customers to succeed, and that being VMware Cloud Verified is good for MTS and its customers.
"The simple migration to the cloud brings tremendous improvements in terms of efficiency for most of our customers, but the real magic happens when they start using it to quickly launch new products and to offer new services, "says Frunze. "The cloud makes it possible to work in new ways and allows organizations of all kinds to be more agile than ever before."
MTS is currently experiencing the strongest demand for infrastructure as a service, but sees the platform as a service as an area for future growth and testing associated services with customers. Frunze notes that many customers currently use #CloudMTS to adopt transformative computing trends such as Big Data and the Internet of Things, with plans for machine learning and artificial intelligence projects. more and more in place.
Frunze sees three key benefits in the initial adoption of #CloudMTS by Russian companies and the Confederation of Independent States:
Few companies want to increase their capital spending budget, while funds once used for hardware can now be used for new projects and innovations. Since cloud services are expensed in an organization's OPEX budget, their cash flow is generally facilitated. Ivan notes that a customer's recent experience is quite typical: he has reduced his monthly IT costs by more than 25% by moving to the cloud.
Companies know how much their payment for cloud services will be made at a given time. Because hardware purchases often follow a three-year update cycle, they too often require companies to acquire additional capacity or performance before they need it.
Cloud services can be increased or reduced depending on the needs of the business without increasing the number of computer equipment that a business must buy and manage. For example, a company can open a new office or close one. With the cloud, the necessary adjustments of resources and computer systems can be made in minutes. The inherent resilience of the cloud and the built-in redundancy typically exceed that provided by the on-site infrastructure.
Frunze also notes that being VMware Cloud Verified is itself an advantage and an attractive benefit to customers.
"We use a full stack of VMware solutions, including vSphere, NSX and vCloud Director, for #MTSCloud," he said. "Having VMware as a partner and as a VMware Cloud Verified verifies our virtualization expertise and expertise, increases our customers' trust, and enables us to provide them with a reliable and scalable virtual infrastructure. Potential customers quickly realize that we are fully qualified to meet all their needs and requirements for the successful digitization of their businesses. "
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