IBM and Microsoft have suspended all operations in Russia

We can no longer count the number of businesses and enterprises closed in Russia. After its invasion of Ukraine, the West launched five rounds of sanctions banning Russia from using its technologies and products. Due to restrictions, political decisions and many other factors, Russia was left alone with its problems. No technological country or company will help him. Today we find out that IBM has announced that it will also be removing it from this market.

The company’s chief executive, Arvind Krishna, said they had suspended all operations in Russia. At the same time, the company’s website in Russia also said the content was no longer available.

However, this situation is not surprising. In early March, IBM announced the suspension of its business activities in Russia and ended its cooperation with several Russian companies.

We understand that for a Russian resident, IBM’s withdrawal means nothing. But the truth is, IBM is a giant in the computer industry, and it has been that way for decades. In addition, its main customers are governments and companies.

IBM makes and sells computer hardware, middleware and software. It provides hosting and consulting services in areas from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

More importantly, IBM is a leading research institution, holding the record for the most U.S. patents generated by the company each year for 28 consecutive years. He achieved great achievements in the fields of materials, chemistry, physics and other sciences.

IBM’s inventions include ATMs, floppy disks, hard drives, magnetic stripe cards, relational databases, the SQL programming language, UPC barcodes, and dynamic random access memory (DRAM). As you can see, many of its technologies and products have become popular around the world.

However, IBM is not the only tech giant to leave Russia. Some of them have completely left the market or reduced their activities. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced that he had joined the boycott against Russia.

“Due to changes in economic outlook and the impact on our activities in Russia, we have decided to significantly reduce our activities in Russia”said the company in an emailed statement. “We will continue to fulfill our existing contractual obligations to Russian customers while the suspension of new sales remains in effect. »

As a result, more than 400 Microsoft employees will be affected. But we think many of them expect the company to make such a decision. In March, Microsoft suspended sales of new products and services in Russia. While it continues to support its current clients and keep offices there, we know what will happen next.

The European Union is working on banning cloud services in Russia as part of new sanctions. But it’s not as simple as it seems at first glance.

The fact is that the main cloud providers in Europe are American companies, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Therefore, it is not clear how this ban will affect Russia. But if we consider the sanctions published by the EU previously, anything is possible. As a reminder, the European Union last week adopted a range of new sanctions against Russia and Belarus, including an oil embargo, restrictive measures against Russian banks and a ban on consulting services in Moscow. .

This is not a final decision. However, the first version of the press release of the EU Council sanctions on June 3 mentioned a cloud ban. Subsequently, it was modified and deleted. The penalty is not included in the legal text published in the official EU journal.

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