Interview with Selectel CEO, Pavel Alimov

“We will easily beat Amazon in Russia”
The CEO of Selectel told us why cloud business in Russia is growing despite economic headwinds.

In an interview with RBC St. Petersburg, Selectel CEO Pavel Alimov discusses why the Russian cloud market is attractive for foreign players, why both Russian and International players can be successful here, and the benefits of government regulation in the industry. Read more

The World before Selectel: What Can Change in 10 Years

This year marks Selectel’s 10-year anniversary! We’re so excited that we’ll be celebrating all year. Let’s kick it off by looking back to what life was like when the company was first founded. Below are some of the biggest events we can remember happening about ten years ago (warning: reading the following list might make you feel old). Read more

Guest Post: Intel Optane and In-Memory Databases

Today we’ll be publishing a guest post, co-authored by Konstantin Boyandin, a system administrator from Novosibirsk.

Konstantin worked with in-memory databases (memacached, Redis, Apache ignite, etc.) on a server built with an Intel Optane SSD. The specific device tested was the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X and was connected using IMDT (Intel Memory Drive Technology), which made the drive available to the OS and applications as RAM. Read more

AMD vs Intel: Comparative Benchmarks

We regularly publish articles on the latest processors from Intel, which for many year has maintained its position as the market leader of server solutions. However, the situation has been changing as of late and other players have actively been making a name for themselves. This past March, AMD released it EPYC processor family, which has received some interesting and generally positive reviews (like this article on Anandtech). Seeing and trying something for yourself though often proves more valuable than reading (even hundreds) of articles online. Read more

Powering a Data Center

Just over two years have passed, or rather flown by, since the grand opening of the Tsvetochnaya 2 data center. In our article covering the event, we not only shared photos from the festivities, but briefly looked at the data center’s infrastructure. We soon started thinking that it’d be a great idea to publish a series of articles that take a more in-depth look at these systems. Well, we’ve finally managed to take a break from our day-to-day and put our plan into action.

At the heart of it, the operations of any data center rest on three pillars: power, cooling, and security. Without a doubt, the key system here is power. Read more

Curious Cases in Working with Servers

Despite how new something is or how long it’s been working under a full workload, equipment sometimes starts to act a bit unpredictably. Servers are no exception.

Crashes and malfunctions happen, and oftentimes, what should just be simple troubleshooting turns into a time-consuming whodunit.

Below, we’ll be looking at a few interesting and curious examples of how servers have misbehaved, and what was done to get them back in order. Read more

HighLoad 2017: “You Just Can’t Miss It”

The 11th annual HighLoad++ conference was held from November 7-8 at the Skolkovo Innovation Center. This year, the conference saw 2 700 people in attendance—200 more than last year! Today we’ll be reporting on the highlights and presentations that our team from Selectel saw. Read more