Nizhny Novgorod hosted on August 25-26 the region’s first Volga IT Service Providers Forum, CLOUDS-NN 2011.
CLOUDS-NN 2011 was the first forum in the Volga Federal District to discuss ‘cloud computing’ and other Internet-based services.
The forum was supported by the Nizhny Novgorod region’s Ministry of IT, Telecom and Media.
‘Cloud computing’ is an innovative technique of being able to use IT products and services without actually owning them. All computing and storage capabilities, as well as the software core, are held by a provider in a remote virtual data center metaphorically referred to as a ‘cloud’.
A special showroom was set up for Inoventica, Parking.ru, Active Cloud, Tonk, MFI Soft and other companies to present their ‘cloud’ solutions and SaaS (software as a service) services.
For two days the forum focused on such issues as ‘Cloud’ Technologies, IT Outsourcing, Information Safety, IT Innovation, and Management 2.0.
According to forum participants, the development of ‘cloud’ technology in the Russian regions is held back by inertia in the mentality of regional entrepreneurs who fear their businesses may be exposed to danger. These issues, however, can be easily addressed, most speakers emphasized.
According to Anton Salov, deputy director for new technology of one of the co-organizers, Softline, his company holds such events in Moscow; none of those already held, however, saw turnout as big as Nizhny Novgorod’s CLOUDS-NN 2011. “Great to know the regions are so deeply interested in this,” he said.
Mikhail Fedotov, director of Nizhny’s Innovation Business Incubator who also took part in the forum, said, “IT is one of the most dynamic and easily ‘launchable’ sectors. Today we have at our Incubator just two “cloud’ projects. I think the forum will spur the development of new ideas in this field.”
The technology is extremely cost-effective for customers because it allows them to access a rich variety of software or data on an a la carte basis simply by accessing his ‘cloud’ via the Internet. As Mega-NN CEO Nikolai Zotov put it, “instead of buying an expensive license for standard software that may or may not be used on a daily basis, using ‘clouds’ enables customers to pay only for the applications and services they actually utilize. This facilitates a company’s faster start in business and considerably cuts costs.”