STA Cargo, a logistics operator that provides transportation and safekeeping services, hosts its warehouse management system in CROC’s cloud. The cloud resources allow STA Cargo to avoid significant IT infrastructure investments during a period of rapid business growth and economic uncertainty.
STA Cargo has been in the market since 2011, with its business growing rapidly. Indeed, over the past five years the company has created a diversified portfolio of services for retailers, telecom companies, car and car component manufacturers, as well as customers from other industries while also increasing its workforce twelve-fold and opening offices in nine Russian cities.
One of STA Cargo’s flagship solutions is a proprietary automated warehouse management system, (WMS) Matrena. The system is designed to effectively manage supply chains and stock, keep accurate records of goods traffic, automate warehouse processes, exchange information with customers’ record-keeping systems in real time, etc., and is one of STA Cargo’s key competitive advantages.
The customer decided to host the business critical WMS Matrena system in CROC’s cloud in order to ensure the provision of a reliable and high service level with small one-off investments—an option that would not be possible if the customer were to opt to build its own IT infrastructure.
«As a modern, forward-looking company leveraging cutting-edge technologies, we are not only a consumer but also an active developer of business automation solutions. As a result, the cloud advantages were clear to us and we did not face a dilemma as to whether to build our own infrastructure or use a cloud. The answer was simple,» says Anton Dorofeev, Director General, STA Cargo.
«A new business is fast-paced and not always predictable and it is not always clear how much money should be invested in IT in the short-term and mid-term perspective. The cloud eliminates the risks of excessive or, on the contrary, insufficient infrastructure spending. If necessary, the cloud infrastructure allows us to quickly ramp up the number of WMS users in line with business growth and to reduce resource consumption during a recession without quality degradation—something which is extremely critical to cost optimization,» says Philipp Kashket, Head of IT Department, STA Cargo.
For the future, STA Cargo is considering the adoption of a hybrid approach whereby less critical services will be hosted using existing in-house resources for IT cost optimization, while critical services, including WMS, will still be hosted in CROC’s cloud.
«The key factor in selecting CROC’s Virtual Data Center was its reliability. A company’s investment in its own high-performance and fault-tolerant data center cannot always be justified due to high construction and operational costs. CROC’s cloud is based on the TIER III certified data center, protected from a wide range of threats and the ideal option for a fast growing business,» says Maxim Berezin, Head of CROC’s Virtual Data Center.