Two entrepreneurs from Siberia have found that the demand for goods made in Russia is increasing interest in their storage system.
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Two young entrepreneurs from the Siberian city of Omsk (1,400 miles from Moscow) are attempting to mount a challenge to IBM and Intel with a new computer server that is more energy-efficient than the models currently available in the global marketplace. In addition to the product’s technical benefits, some local buyers like the fact that the storage system is Russian-made.
Maxim Koposov and Evgeny Teplyakov built their first server in 2010 out of scrap material. Based on the American Backblaze cloud storage system, it took the entrepreneurs three months to build. They sold the first model of their server, called BitBlaze, to an online video site in Omsk at the end of 2010.
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The server, which is equipped with an Intel processor, is cheaper than similar products. The price ranges from 189,000 rubles ($3,100) for the most basic model to 394,000 rubles ($6,500) for the most advanced. According to Koposov, the key benefit of the BitBlaze server is in its efficiency.
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Promobit was also able to agree to have its servers tested by Russia’s giant Internet firm Mail.Ru Group.