Kazakhtelecom and Smart Cities decided to develop cloud technologies in Kazakhstan jointly

The largest telecom operator Kazakhtelecom and Smart Cities, a member of BTS Digital's AITU digital ecosystem, have signed an agreement on cooperation in developing cloud technologies in Kazakhstan and expanding the line of cloud solutions and products. The first few joint cloud services have already been presented on Kazakhtelecom's business portal
Users of the portal can already connect Aitu.Cloud solutions in full digital format within minutes and without contacting a manager or sending documents. Currently, such Aitu.Cloud services such as virtual computing resources (IaaS) and S3 object storage are presented on from the product portfolio of Smart Cities LLP.

Kazakhtelecom intends to connect its infrastructure to the partner company's cloud products at the next stage. This will combine the high reliability and security of data provided by Kazakhtelecom based on its network of data centers with high quality and prompt service "Smart Cities." Already next year, within the partnership framework, the companies intend to expand the cloud products and services range through joint developments.

Photo: Marat Abdildabekov, General Director of the Information Technology Division of Kazakhtelecom JSC (left) and Mikhail Minkin, Deputy General Director of Smart Cities LLP (right)

"To date, Kazakhtelecom maintains a network of 27 data centers in major cities and regional centers of the republic, where about 1600 racks are placed. High capacity, a serious degree of protection, and an increased level of fault tolerance of our data centers allow customers to economically and promptly deploy their digital projects on the virtual capacities of Kazakhtelecom. We have all the necessary infrastructure, and our cooperation with  the leading specialized company "Smart Cities" is another excellent opportunity to supplement the product portfolio of Kazakhtelecom's cloud and digital projects with demanded cloud services. Shortly we plan to launch joint cloud products for IT developers: Kubernetes as a Service and analytics service - Database as a Service, and by 2025 our joint range of services will increase at least three times", - noted Marat Abdildabekov, Director General of the Information Technologies Division of Kazakhtelecom JSC.

Currently, three primary data centers of Kazakhtelecom are already involved in developing virtual and cloud services. These are the data center in Pavlodar city, certified according to the international standard Tier3, the data center in Akkol city, and the modular data center in Almaty city.

Due to the growing demand for virtual computing resources in the Kazakhstan market, the telecom operator plans to increase the capacity of its data centers to provide cloud services. Thus, about 50% of future data center resources Kazakhtelecom intends to use for cloud development.

"We are pleased to offer a wide range of cloud solutions developed in strategic partnership with Kazakhtelecom based on our Aitu.Cloud platform.

Why is this important for businesses? The faster a company adapts its digital services to the market, the more new and loyal customers it will have. With cloud-based tools, the time to develop or launch new services/applications and scale them is reduced many times over.

It also saves on infrastructure administration and reduces the company's need for highly specialized specialists because the  provider will maintain the infrastructure. In addition, unlike traditional IT infrastructure, cloud services are charged only for those resources and the time the company requires them. At the same time, according to the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the data will be securely stored on the republic's territory.

Our solutions will help to significantly reduce the cost and time of bringing new products or projects to market, giving a competitive advantage to domestic businesses," said Mikhail Minkin, Deputy General Director of Smart Cities LLP.

Smart Cities LLP is part of the BTS Digital group of companies. The group of companies has successfully implemented several large-scale socially essential projects, including Digital ID digital identification, Aitu Passport, Aitu Superapp platform, Instant Payment System, and e-Otinish service.

"Kazakhtelecom," possessing the largest network of data centers in the country, today provides such cloud solutions for business as lease of virtual servers and virtual data centers, Anti-DDoS, anti-virus software, virtual hosting, domain names, and intelligent telephony. The  services implemented based on the company's data centers allow the deployment of a  project of any complexity for government and banking structures, as well as representatives of large businesses. Today the operator's data centers are chosen by  state companies and large domestic and foreign businesses. Kazakhtelecom's data centers host the infrastructure of giants such as Google, Facebook, Akamai, Youtube, Megogo, Wargaming, etc.