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CROC’s Cloud Transforms in Line with Customers’ Needs

26.06.2018 5 minutes 171

As part of the smart data storage approach, CROC has unveiled its new, more reliable and 25% more powerful universal storage offering, which is designed to replace its standard service based on previous generation data storage systems. To do this, CROC became the first company in Russia to upgrade its cloud infrastructure using Dell EMC ScaleIO software-defined storage (SDS).

The new service keeps pace with customer demand. Previously, CROC’s cloud used two types of data storage media: all-flash (for resource-intensive databases and business-critical applications) and traditional SATA drives (for other systems).


«As customers became more confident in cloud services, they started to migrate increasingly sophisticated solutions to our cloud. We realized that we needed a new storage format that could combine the key benefits of both slow and all-flash drives: relatively low cost and high performance. Therefore, with an infrastructure upgrade and brand-new storage service, we improved customer satisfaction with our cloud,» said Maxim Berezin, Cloud Service Development Director, CROC.


The universal storage service guarantees a disk performance of 500 IOPS/TB and is ideal for the hosting of office and infrastructure apps, as well as small web services and databases.


«We scrutinized the use of Dell EMC software to speed up and improve the reliability of our server equipment and thoroughly tested our new service in the upgraded infrastructure before offering it to customers. We did not commission the new service until we had ensured it was capable of providing stable and excellent performance,» said Sergey Zinkevich, Cloud Service Expert, CROC.


Dell EMC ScaleIO is a software-defined solution that unites heterogeneous drives into a high-performance cluster. Due to decentralized data input/output inside the cluster and intelligent distribution of created volumes, the software-defined storage is several times more powerful than traditional solutions that require extra drives to deliver a faster performance. Moreover, with intra-cluster server breakdown into multiple pools that support data duplication, failure of any one node or even an entire pool will not affect the storage operation. Thanks to ScaleIO, the cloud infrastructure becomes easily scalable and readily adaptable to the current environment and customer needs.


«In the era of digital transformation, many businesses are now looking for affordable IT tools that can make their infrastructures more flexible and efficient. Indeed, SDS solutions, such as ScaleIO, consolidate IT resources and optimize them for specific tasks,» noted Pavel Karnaukh, Head of Systems Engineering Department, Dell EMC Russia, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia.

About Dell EMC

Dell EMC is a member of the Dell Technologies Group of companies and helps businesses upgrade, automate, and transform data centers with industry-leading servers, storage, data protection, and converged infrastructure solutions, thus providing a secure foundation for IT and business process transformation based on hybrid cloud technology, cloud apps, and big data solutions. Dell EMC serves 98% of Fortune 500 companies and offers a wide range of innovative solutions for the entire IT infrastructure, from client systems to data centers and clouds.

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About CROC

CROC was established in 1992 and has been operating in the Russian IT market for over 26 years, ranking among the top 10 IT companies and top 5 consulting businesses in Russia (Expert Rating Agency, 2017) for over 10 years. Moreover, in 2016, the company was among the top 3 Russian IT service (IDC, TAdviser, 2017), systems integration (IDC, 2017), and IaaS (CNews, 2017) providers.

CROC is the number one Russian IT service provider to the energy and manufacturing (Manufacturing Management portal, 2017) and healthcare (CNews, 2017) sectors, and ranks among the top 3 IT service providers to transportation companies (CNews, 2017).

CROC enables digital transformation with its blockchain, Big Data, VR/AR, AI, IoT, and BIM implementations. The company has been evolving Russia's first open-source cloud for almost 10 years since 2009 and is the only systems integrator in the country to operate its own fault-tolerant data centers, which boast Tier III Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability from the Uptime Institute. CROC offers cloud and managed B2B services based on its data centers, including IT infrastructure provisioning and management, creation of cloud-based security operations centers, deployment of video and Wi-Fi analytics for marketing needs, and HR process automation.

CROC’s key competences also include integrated platforms for interstate and interagency interaction; development of software and hardware solutions, mobile apps, and digital platforms for communication with customers; data protection and information security solutions; IT support and IT outsourcing; industrial solutions; large contact centers; networks and communication solutions; Digital Signage; computing suites; data storage optimization; and BIM-enabled engineering infrastructures for buildings and data centers.

CROC develops the Innovation Accelerator to create and fine-tune its proprietary new products and cloud services of potential partners. To streamline customer digital transformation, CROC launched a Digital Enabler service for end-to-end agile engineering and roll-out of unique digital processes, as well as established a consulting force to help customers develop digital products that meet end user needs and shape new digital businesses.

For more information, please contact CROC PR team.

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