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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

Wartime conflict within Enterprise IT zone: No Script Required

Wartime confits are not limited to the devastating physical damage to infrastructure and lives. The enterprise IT zone falls within the parameter. Sanctions and similar prohibitions to stop the war define enterprise IT solutions scaling up and operations.

War is not wanted in the 21st world as the IT and success of nations are evolving thoroughly. We are pretty familiar with World War II, which nearly sank the UK in the battle of the Atlantic. Russia and Ukraine's conflict are no different. The unwanted war requires global leaders' unusual activities to not break out.

After the SWIFT ban on Russia, many multinational companies hold business against the country. SWIFT is the backbone of secure international banking, and without it, 11,000 large interconnected banks can't operate fully. Russia is getting the full wrath of global sanctions as they are closing in the nation of Ukraine, Kyiv.

The economic impact of war is pretty devastating, and we can investigate further the causes. Inflation, opportunity cost, a decline in health, psychological cost, innovation of new technology, decline in the working population, lost GDP, creates employment/unemployment, damage to infrastructure, a rise of national debt and higher taxes in future. These are some of the dictionary times of war impact on the economy. It expands further in the IT department as real people with real jobs are behind every single click made on the internet. Every photo someone downloads and every like on social goes under the secure backbone on the server rack maintained by people. Wartime affects it all.

Russia is very dependent on the Western IT infrastructure. As the domestic capabilities improve, so is the dependency. Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, technology helped the country grow further along with the sale of its natural resources such as oil and gas.

As the financial services are showing their back on the Russian economy, the country is going through a tough time as the citizens who have little clue what's happening are suffering the most. We frequently hear about Russian hackers attacking US or UK pipelines, energy infrastructure or other critical infrastructure. The country is a haven for hackers as the government does not heed their doings; thus, shelter is provided. Overseas government can't do anything if the ceiling does not cooperate. But after the Colonial Pipeline hack, the Russian government said they would collaborate on finding the hackers.

On the flip side, the European Union, UK, US signed a pledge to fight international cybercrimes. The force is strong, and they asked for other countries to join up in the fight. Now let's not get carried away and discuss what we initially came here to find out.

After the sanction came out, Western Enterprise IT took out its business in Russia. AMD, Nvidia, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Cisco, Apple and many other Fortune 500 IT solutions. Along with Stalwarts Oracle and SAP, other IT services are removing their presence in the country. Thus, causing a real problem. When the pandemic arrived, the whole world became helpless, but gradually we all came together and hadn't' yet fully recovered. We hear people still dying due to coronavirus.

Russian native cloud providers are not up to a point with the leading ones such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure. As their services are ready to shut down at any moment, the country is going through imminent denial of benefits. When the Ukrainian digital minister asked AWS to close its servers in Russia, the response was as expected. There are no physical servers based in Russia, but they only rely on the connection provided. So, it wouldn't be an issue to close down.

B2B, B2C, SaaS, PaaS and similar models are part of cloud sanctions which is not enough to stop tanks but raises headaches. The IT services at the infrastructure level is going through critical steps with the help of government policymakers CEOs across countries and regions.


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