Yandex, the “Russian Google,” has unveiled its “intelligent” public cloud platform, Yandex.Cloud. Yandex.Cloud is aiming at Russian clients and deployed across local Russian data centers, enabling companies to store and use databases containing personal data in Russia as required by law.
“Yandex has an entire ecosystem of successful products and services that are used by millions of people on a daily basis,” said Yan Leshinsky, Head of Yandex.Cloud, “Yandex.Cloud provides access to the same infrastructure and technologies that we use to power Yandex services, creating unique opportunities for any business to develop their products and services based on this platform.”
Yandex.Cloud would currently provide:
- Scalable virtual infrastructure with multiple management options: management from a graphical interface or the command line, plus developer tools for popular programming languages such as Python and Go.
- Automated services for the labor-intensive management tasks of popular databases systems such as PostgreSQL, ClickHouse (Yandex’s open source “high performance” database management system) and MongoDB.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Yandex services: SpeechKit speech recognition and synthesis as well as Yandex.Translate machine translation.
Access to Yandex.Cloud is currently available on request and will be open to all Russian customers by the end of 2018. Yandex is selling to Russian residents only at the moment. The company is considering to comply with local legislation of countries where they will generate demand, but the company doesn’t expect this to happen this year.
Beta Users Tinkoff Bank and S7 TechLab
Since April 2018, over 50 “leading” Russian and international companies including industry leaders such
as Tinkoff Bank, S7 Airlines and X5 Retail Group have been utilizing Yandex.Cloud already in test mode through an invite-only private preview.
“The Tinkoff philosophy is built on using cutting-edge technology to create user-friendly and affordable financial products,” said Viacheslav Tsyganov, Vice President for Information Technology at Tinkoff Bank. “We have long sought a cloud platform with features comparable to those of international market players, and have always believed that Yandex, with its know-how and experience, would sooner or later opt to create one. I believe that the Russian market will duly appreciate Yandex.Cloud’s opportunities. At this stage, we are testing the platform for hosting our cloud services where resources are needed on demand and within short timeframes.”
Future updates would include new infrastructure services, additional services based on Yandex’s machine intelligence and analytics tools, as well as developer tools intended to simplify the entire code lifecycle management within Yandex.Cloud.
“We are actively improving our services to ensure passenger comfort,” said Nikolay Mukhanov, CTO of S7 TechLab. “Many of our business challenges require resources that are available on demand. Having tested Yandex.Cloud, we see opportunities for us to use a range of services, including development tools and services based on machine intelligence.”
Founded in 1997, Yandex currently has 22 offices worldwide and has been listed on the NASDAQ since 2011.