IBM expands cloud partnerships in Korea

IBM announced that Korean e-publishing startup Artgrafii is now leveraging IBM Bluemix from SoftLayer to expand its publishing service globally.

Artgrafii has deployed its online publishing tool Saegeul service on the IBM Cloud to enable it to store, edit and manage online content to global markets. Saegeul is a platform to create and distribute professional content such as novels, technical documents, tutorials and more, via the Internet.

The publishing company chose IBM SoftLayer to meet its expansion needs mainly because of the global network capabilities of IBM cloud.

The partnership will help Artgrafii leverage IBM’s cloud technology as well as utilize the strength of its partner network to build and deploy new applications that will improve the efficiency of the content services, company officials said.

“SoftLayer’s infrastructure and advanced Bluemix development platform will enable us to provide a fast and stable Saegeul service to our customers globally,” said Jaehee Hwang, president, Artgrafii.

Korea is a prospective market for IBM as estimates find that the cloud computing market in Korea is set to grow at a CAGR of 22.16 percent between 2013 and 2018.

In 2014 alone IBM has launched cloud centers in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Melbourne, Toronto, Mumbai, Beijing, Dallas Texas, Ashburn Virginia and Raleigh North Carolina.

“Given the range of our services, from private, public and hybrid cloud, we have a solution to meet all our clients’ needs,” said Sungmin Kim, SoftLayer Business Executive Director, IBM Korea Global Technology Services (GTS).

Earlier in August,   IBM was selected by Korean eyewear retailer Davich Optical Chain Store to expand its operations overseas and improve internal information management processes. The company is using bare metal servers from SoftLayer to run its ERP solutions.

Rajani Baburajan

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