The withdrawal of Western cloud computing companies from Russia has left the country with roughly two months before it runs out of information technology (IT) data storage. Russian news outlet Kommersant says the situation is compounded by exponential growth of public Russian agencies' storage needs due to Smart City projects entailing extensive video-surveillance and facial-recognition systems.
Options proposed at a meeting of the Ministry of Digital Transformation Solutions include leasing all available domestic data storage or mandating that Internet service providers ditch media streaming services and other online entertainment platforms. Russia also could seize IT servers and storage left behind by exiting businesses and incorporate them into public infrastructure.
The last option would be to use Chinese cloud service providers and IT system sellers, although China has not yet decided how much aid it is willing to provide.
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