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MTS launches a cloud-based service for personal data storage and processing

Friday, April 13, 2018

MTS launches a cloud-based service to help businesses protect the personal data belonging to their clients and employees, and meet the data protection requirements set out in Russian legislation.  The service not only provides customers with personal data cloud storage, but also includes assistance in drafting documentation for approvals by the relevant authorities.

The service uses a dedicated protected cloud system, #CloudMTS, utilising a fault-tolerant infrastructure within the VMware virtual platform. 

Our new offering allows clients to store information systems that are involved in collecting and processing personal data within the Cloud. These include personnel management systems, corporate content, and systems managing customer interactions, among others. 

The solution will be useful to businesses dealing with personal data, such as banks, insurance companies, medical organizations, logistics companies, retailers with loyalty programs and many others businesses.

Our protected #CloudMTS service has been certified by the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) and fully complies with the requirements of the ‘On Personal Data’ federal law, as well as other relevant regulations. Our data is kept secure through the use of firewall systems, protected communication channels, anti-virus protection and vulnerability analysis software. 

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director of Innovation Development at MTS, commented:

“Russian business demand for better information security systems continues to grow. “Uberization” and digitalization are reshaping traditional solutions in this industry. As one of the leading suppliers of innovative digital solutions, MTS is able to enter this market with a comprehensive solution that provides  reliable protection from threats, and reduce costs for customers through utilizing their own IT equipment. Our cloud service capabilities are constantly expanding and we are prioritizing  improving them further  by engaging with the latest industry developments.”

#CloudMTS allows customers to reduce the capital expenses that come with creating and maintaining their own IT infrastructure. In our solution, economic efficiency is combined with flexibility and easy cloud management. MTS is able to provide maximum reliability because of their distributed network of  data centers, and their use of modern equipment from leading global  vendors.

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MTS OFFERS ONLINE CASH REGISTER SOLUTION “MTS.KASSA” TO BUSINESS CLIENTS

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

“MTS.Kassa” is a comprehensive cloud-based service offered by MTS to small and mid-sized businesses. It includes free connectivity, software and FDO (fiscal data operator) functionality.

New legislation requires individual entrepreneurs and trading companies to maintain their accounting records online. MTS offers a solution that helps companies to fully comply with the new standards. The online cash register provides cash or non-cash settlements, electronically sends purchase data directly to tax authorities, controls turnover, and also boasts business analysis capabilities. MTS.Kassa equipment can be bought in installments on the dedicated website kassa.mts.ru, as well as through MTS stores.

The "MTS. Kassa" kit is presented in two versions: a basic mobile cash register with a sensor display for small outlets and couriers; and a stationary device with a full-size screen and a stand-alone fiscal register for larger stores with higher customer traffic. The devices send data either through the mobile network or Wi-Fi. All information is then stored in a secure cloud, allowing businesses to monitor their activity from any location convenient to them.

Kirill Dmitriev, Vice President, Sales and Customer Services, MTS, commented:  "In line with our strategy to provide useful services for business, we offer an integrated product that provides a comprehensive solution for a business need. MTS.Kassa is a unique product in the Russian market. Moreover, we can offer this service at a very attractive price due to our strong IT expertise and synergy with LiteBox, the developer of cloud software, and NVision Group, our systems integrator. This and similar partnerships within the MTS Group open limitless opportunities for further development of apps, financial services and cloud computing.”

Another benefit of the MTS online cash register is that it not only allows entrepreneurs to fully comply with legal recruitments, but also simultaneously helps them to rapidly digitize their business. MTS.Kassa provides businesses with an immediate set of modern sales management tools: automated procurement management, inventory management, residual analysis, margin assessment of goods, and loyalty programs management.

 MTS announced its entry into the cloud cash register market in October 2017 after the acquisition of  a 50.82% stake in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC, operating under its trademark name LiteBox. In December 2017, MTS subsidiary NVision Group received an FDO (fiscal data operator) license from the Federal Tax Service.

MTS PARTNERS WITH MICROSOFT TO PROVIDE AZURE HYBRID CLOUD SERVICES

Thursday, November 30, 2017

MTS has become the first company in Russia to partner with Microsoft to offer Azure hybrid cloud services for corporate clients across the country.

The integrated Microsoft Azure Stack system, hosted in MTS data centers, will allow business customers to create modern hybrid applications combining the capacities of our local data services with global cloud functionality. Furthermore, we will offer Russian B2B clients a choice of where to deploy their new virtual machines and store data - in their own or partner data center within the territory of Russia or in a global cloud.

 The solution allows business customers to use the latest technologies in full compliance with Russian corporate requirements for IT security, as well as to enjoy enhanced applications with high response speeds, giving the opportunity to create a real hybrid cloud and be a platform for hyper-convergent infrastructure. 

Microsoft Azure services and Azure Stack facilities on MTS will be available to Russian business customers in commercial operation from the beginning of 2018. We will provide all the key global Azure services, with localization in Russia, including Iaas, PaaS, Big Data, various types of storage, hybrid variants of redundant, fault-tolerant virtual data centers, lease of licenses and other services that our  corporate clients demand. 

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director for Innovation Development, MTS comments on the deal: "Demand for virtual products is steadily growing by 20-35% each month. Our customers are interested in creating hybrid systems. Every other company that asks us for virtual infrastructure services also requests the possibility of interaction between the resources of private and public clouds. The partnership with Microsoft will allow MTS to meet the customer’s demand and expand the range of its own cloud solutions for the corporate segment."

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BAT RUSSIA MIGRATES ITS IT SYSTEMS TO THE MTS CLOUD

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

MTS has successfully transferred British American Tobacco Russia’s (BAT Russia) IT systems to the MTS cloud.

The operator implemented a comprehensive project to provide a cloud-based IT infrastructure (Infrastructure as a Service). The project involved reallocation of the BAT Russia key IT systems to the cloud platform #CloudMTS in Moscow as well as organization of the secure network access to these resources. In addition, MTS provided a disaster-proof configuration of IT system using the backup site in the MTS data center in St. Petersburg.

Dariya Grishina, Director, Information Technology, BAT Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus and Central Asia region, commented: 

"Migration to the cloud will help BAT Russia improve the economic efficiency and transparency of its IT infrastructure management, creating a platform for further expansion and growth. This project allowed us to reduce the time required to deploy infrastructure for new projects from a few months to two weeks".

According to Dariya, MTS successfully responded to all of the challenges and risks during the implementation of the project: MTS offered competitive prices, optimized licensing, adapted the backup / restore functionality as well as smoothly migrated resources with minimal downtime and technological changes in the customer's environment.

Vladimir Khrenkov, Director, Innovation Development, MTS, commented: 

"Moving to a cloud computing model allows companies to achieve a threefold reduction in its IT infrastructure costs by the end of the first year. With such obvious economic efficiency combined with flexibility and ease of management, more businesses are set to take advantage of the opportunity cloud brings. MTS offers its clients complex all-in-one solutions combining IT and telecom services. We also guarantee the maximum level of security due to the availability of data centers in various regions of the country and a large-scale own backbone network."

MTS provides cloud computing services #CloudMTS in all regions of Russia. In September 2017, the company launched a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) product, which allows MTS customers to organize quickly and efficiently the processing of large data without creating their own computing capacities. Further development of the product will be connected with both the geographic expansion of the resource allocation and an increase in their number as well as the further creation of innovative solutions in the sphere of cloud services.

The MTS cloud platform is built on the base of VMware solution and the equipment of leading enterprise-level vendors. This, combined with the geographical distribution of TIER-III data centers and a branched MTS backbone network and city communication channels, allows the operator to provide a comprehensive, completely disaster-proof service.

BAT Russia is one of the leaders of the Russian tobacco market with a 22.52% market share in 2016. The company’s portfolio includes such well-known international and Russian brands such as Dunhill, Kent, Vogue, Rothmans, Lucky Strike, Alliance and Java.

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