Russia's search engine & cloud provider

Tuesday 10th April 2012
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The Russian search engine Yanadex has launched a beta version of Yandex.Disk, a free service that allows users to store their files online and access them from any internet-enabled device. Hot on its Cloud services heels, comes a search tool service for retrieving Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Events at CERN

A search tool custom-built by Yandex for CERN has been tested for one of four big particle detector experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator.

Yandex’s search service has been designed specifically for the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) studying the interactions of b-hadrons, heavy particles containing the bottom quark, also known as the beauty quark.

The detector registers particle collisions, or events, with the data being stored for further research. The amount of information accumulated every year may reach thousands of terabytes, which makes it quite difficult to retrieve specific event types.

Yandex has provided the LHCb core software with an instant access to the details of any specific event. The newly launched search service has already indexed the information about more than one billion particle collisions.

“It’s a pleasure to work with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, as we welcome anyopportunity to apply our technologies across different fields. Also, it’s nice to do something useful for physics and basic science. We will keep refining our LHCb event search, which may take us to the stage where we could contribute to other experiments at CERN,” says (left) Ilya Segalovich, Yandex’s CTO.

Web users can upload files in any format to Yandex.Disk and use up to 10GB of storage space for personal documents, photos, music, or videos. Files stored on the service can be accessed anywhere there is internet access - from home or work, while visiting friends, in the library or in a café.

The service allows users to view and share their files at any moment and providing users with an opportunity to upload files to the service Yandex.Disk which automatically saves all attachments to the emails in their Yandex mail account. The service has additional storage space allocated specifically for this purpose.

“Yandex.Disk is a cloud service, a virtual folder that can besafely used for file storage. If your personal computer or laptop catches a virus or breaks down, your files will be safely stored on Yandex.Disk. Currently, Yandex.Disk is integrated with Yandex.Mail, and we have plans to link it with other services offered by Yandex,” says (right)  Anton Zabannykh, head of personalised services at Yandex.

Yandex.Disk supports synchronization between multiple devices and is accessible via a web interface, as well as via Windows or MacOS GUI client. Owners of iOS- or Android-based smartphones can also use the service via the Yandex.Mail app. But urrently, access to Yandex.Disk is by invitation only.

Read more about Yandex’s file storage service on the company’s blog (in Russian (Google translated) and authored by  (left) Sergei Parshikov.  

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