CROC Cloud Services Helps MIEM HSE Ensure Uninterrupted Education during Lockdown
Thanks to CROC Cloud, HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM HSE) has successfully switched to remote teaching. Virtual classrooms were deployed within just one week and are now being used every day for the Institute’s entire educational process, maintaining pace and productivity at its usual level.
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) is one of Russia’s online education leaders, delivering 100+ courses to more than two million subscribers on Сoursera alone. However, to shift 100% of its activities online due to the pandemic lockdown, the HSE needed additional computing resources, especially for engineering training.
MIEM HSE student teams are engaged in 200+ real-life projects for industry partners, including the development of new error control coding systems for Huawei, DLP system modules for InfoWatch, a corporate event attendee registration system for VTB, and an object recognition solution for thermal images. Most of these projects require virtual development and testing environments consisting of traditional virtual machines, Docker containers, and Kubernetes clusters1. Moreover, to ensure provision of a full-fledged remote work experience, MIEM needed to create a ‘virtual twin’ of each of its classrooms in a video conferencing system, thus enabling students and professors to ‘enter’ a relevant classroom at the scheduled time. As a result, the load on MIEM’s infrastructure has increased dramatically in recent weeks, with its private cloud lacking the capacity to meet the demands of this large-scale virtual classroom deployment.
MIEM opted for CROC Cloud to quickly scale its infrastructure and ensure ad-hoc resource allocation for projects as and when necessary.
“This format made us reconsider the student/teacher experience, find new ways to interact, and maintain or improve learning efficiency to cope with serious challenges faced by the university community today. Cloud services have become a great help for us,” said Evgeny Kruk, Director of MIEM HSE, Professor, Doctor of Engineering.
“Almost every sector of the economy is experiencing a resource shortage, with educational institutions being among the heaviest hit. Although increasing computing capacity may be challenging for many schools and universities, it can completely transform the entire educational experience and make it more accessible. We are happy to see clouds playing such an important role in these improvements. Indeed, a cloud is the best platform for distance learning,” said Maxim Berezin, Development Director, CROC Cloud Services.
1Docker containers and Kubernetes clusters are app deployment and management automation tools
About CROC Cloud Services
CROC Cloud Services is a standalone CROC business unit that offers cloud services, managed В2В services, and commercial off-the-shelf products. The unit specializes in hosting and supporting customers’ business-critical services based on CROC’s proprietary platform and data centers, which are compliant with Uptime Institute Tier III “Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability” standards. In addition, the company is one of Russia’s Top-6 IaaS providers (CNews, 2019) and the most mature cloud service provider (TAdviser, 2018), offering the number one cloud platform in terms of flexibility and ease of use (TAdviser, 2017). Consequently, over 300 industry leaders entrust their services to CROC’s cloud.
About MIEM HSE
Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics is one of the largest institutes of the Higher School of Economics, a major and highly reputable Russian university. MIEM has 200+ faculty members and 2,200 students, specializing in research, engineering, and educational activities in micro and nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, software engineering, cyber security, IoT, and robotics.