Webinar Group expands its infrastructure with the IXcellerate’s data centers developing Russian uptake of Zoom and addresses the growing cloud demand

30 October 2020 Moscow-London. IXcellerate, leading operator of commercial data centres in Russia, and Webinar Group1, developer of cloud services for online events and education, have signed a new agreement to expand their IT platform. After Webinar Group initially brought their server and networking equipment into IXcellerate in 2019, they have since installed additional IT infrastructure nodes within IXcellerate’s Moscow Two datacentre. Summer 2020 saw Webinar Group’s expansion project completed, including new racks and direct connections to Moscow’s largest telecom providers (RETN, MTS and Mastertel).

Webinar Group chose IXcellerate as their outsourcing partner following concentrated monitoring of the Russian data center market and its main players. The key factors impacting this choice were ability to ensure the geographical spread of Webinar IT infrastructure and high reliability of IXcellerate data centers, evidenced by the Tier III certificates.

The need for additional capacity became urgent in the first half of 2020 due to the surge in demand for online communications and distance learning. The number of webinars visitors on the platform peaked at 7 million in April. To meet the growing demands for online communication, the company has stepped up development to expand its technological capabilities. In June 2020, it announced the alpha version of its new B2B product – Webinar Meetings, a tool for conferencing, training events, client meetings, teamwork and creativity.

“The Russian market for online communications services has great potential. We see that the penetration level of this technology among households and corporate sector in Russia is still much lower than in the United States and Europe, however the situation is now changing. We are growing very quickly and we need a reliable partner who can be entrusted with our IT infrastructure. Over the six months of working with IXcellerate, we have never questioned our choice and are willing to recommend the company as a player with excellent reputation and high customer focus,” says Mikhail Nasonov, CTO of Webinar Group.

Konstantin Borman, IXcellerate Managing Director: “More than half of our contracts are customers, who keep building up their capacity and expanding their presence at the Moscow One and Moscow Two data centers, having ascertained the high quality of our services. We are grateful to the Webinar Group team for choosing and continue trusting IXcellerate”.