Sunday, 14 December 2014 07:45

Tech companies retreat from Moscow Featured

By

Napoleon did it in 1812. Now Google, Microsoft, Adobe and many other ICT companies are retreating from Moscow, ending or greatly downgrading their presence in Russia.

They usually give innocuous reasons, skirting around the fact that the real cause is the country’s increasingly repressive Internet and business environment. They don’t want to offend an increasingly paranoid Kremlin, headed by a man who believes the whole Internet is a CIA plot.

Google is the latest to scale down its Russian operations, announcing this week that it will now longer conduct R&D in the Russian Federation, and removing its Moscow-based engineers. Last month Microsoft moved its eastern European Skype development team from Moscow to Prague. Adobe has pulled out of Russia entirely, saying it can now do everything from the cloud.

They are victims of what is essentially a new Cold War. Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly suspicious of the West and increasingly belligerent in his efforts to build a new Russian Empire, as events in the Crimea and Ukraine demonstrate.

The most significant reason Western ICT companies are deserting Russia is a new law requiring ICT companies that do business in Russia to store their customer data locally. The law was originally to take effect from September 2016, but the deadline was recently moved forward to next month.

News agency Bloomberg quotes IDC as estimating that Facebook and Twitter will need as many as 1500 additional servers in Russia to comply, at the cost of millions of dollars a year.

Putin made news in April when he said the Internet was a front for the CIA. He has warned Russians against using Google, saying “Google’s web traffic goes though servers in the US. Everything is monitored there.

“You should always bear in mind that such is the reality created by the Americans. They did it,” he said, referring to the Internet’s origins as ARPANET, a joint US military and academic exercise.

Russia is ranked a lowly 55th on The Web Index’s ranking of Internet freedom. Since the fall of Communism the country has become a restrictive oligarchy. Based on the latest developments, things are getting worse, not better.


Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.

CLICK HERE!

WEBINAR PROMOTION ON ITWIRE: It's all about webinars

These days our customers Advertising & Marketing campaigns are mainly focussed on webinars.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 2 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://www.itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial.

This coupled with the new capabilities 5G brings opens up huge opportunities for both network operators and enterprise organisations.

We have a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you.

MORE INFO HERE!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments