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IBM Launches New Cloud Data Centre in Korea

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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SEOUL, KOREA: IBM collaborates with SK Holdings C&C and announces the launch of IBM Cloud Data    Centre in Korea. The new data centre supports the global cloud adaptation and fulfils the customer demand in the country. The business enterprises and start-ups can expand their business globally through innovation and digital transformation.

An IDC report found the cloud market in Korea has the potential to rise up to $1B in 2019.

The Cloud Data Centers provide global platform to store data in the client location for better performance, security, and flexibility. The customers will experience enhanced services including faster time-to-market, improved performance, support for industrial-strength public and hybrid cloud, and entry to IBM's global network of 47 Cloud Data Centers. The data centres will help business enterprises to manage data efficiency across global markets.

The new facility, inspired by IBM’s standardized pod design, will have storage capability of more than thousand physical servers, and provides enhanced cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. The customers can create their own cloud environment by deploying these solutions.

Growth of Cloud Data Center in Korea

The new datacenter expands the growth of cognitive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) throughout the country. With the collaboration, the two companies plan to provide a cloud platform for local companies and enterprises to create cognitive apps and industry-specific services.  

The Cloud platform is already being utilised by more than 20 local companies across gaming, IT, manufacturing, and retail industries. The business enterprises are expanding their service to the global cloud platform creating a rise in demand of hybrid cloud services.

The engineers will have entry to Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and more than 150 APIs and services crossing key areas such as cognitive, intellectual, blockchain, IoT and big data.

“A key part of our cloud strategy is to fuel new ecosystems to spur innovation and collaborate with companies who understand the local market.” says Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud.  “That’s why we chose to partner with SK Holdings C&C in Korea. Together, we are able to bring the local expertise, a platform and data service that gives Korean customers the ability to compete on a global scale.”

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