IBM Opens Cloud Data Center in Korea
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IBM Opens Cloud Data Center in Korea

Targets Korean public cloud market, which analysts expect to reach $1B in 2019

IBM has launched its first cloud data center in Korea together with SK Holdings, a Korean IT services company IBM partnered with last year.

The company’s ninth cloud data center in Asia Pacific, it is the latest step in IBM’s ongoing expansion of the physical infrastructure that supports its cloud services. The facility in Pangyo, outside of Seoul, is the 47th site in this global cloud data center network.

IBM is going after the Korean public cloud services market, which IDC expects to grow from $445 million last year to $1 billion in 2019. Target customers are both Korean enterprises and start-ups, according to IBM’s announcement.

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The cloud data center will have the capacity to support “thousands of servers,” IBM said.

Its services include public, cloud, and hybrid environments, as well as IBM’s extensive Platform-as-a-Service portfolio, collectively branded Bluemix. Among them are APIs for the company’s “cognitive computing” capabilities called Watson, which developers can use to build those capabilities into applications they design.

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