Yandex, one of Russia’s leading technology companies, is the principal sponsor of Yandex SpeedDream27. The company, headquartered in the heart of Moscow, was founded over 20 years ago and has grown to become the preeminent search engine in Russia and most Eastern Block countries. The Yandex search portal attracts over 48.9 million unique viewers yet it’s the computing power and technology side of the company that will be most beneficial to SpeedDream as the project moves forward.
What’s in a name? The word Yandex is derived from the Russian word “Ya” meaning “I” and the full name originally stood for “yet another index”. Today the word Yandex has become synonymous with Internet Search as Yandex generated 60.5% of all search traffic in Russia in August 2012.
While search is their principal revenue source, Yandex is so much more than that. Like it’s US counterpart Google, Yandex is a tech company that is branching out into numerous other tech areas including news, mail and maps. Their computing power is massive and their ability to model through CFD (computational fluid dynamics) is enormous. As SpeedDream ramps up in size and complexity we will work with the software programmers at Yandex to develop proprietary software that will work initially for sailing but have a larger application for the general public. Being able to test these application in a fast paced hostile environment is crucial and there are few places more hostile than on board a yacht racing around the world.
We invite to try using Yandex.com as your search engine. While Yandex prides themselves on customized search results for their domestic markets, we have found that the experience is as good as Google, in some cases better even though we are not a ‘local’ market for them.