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Korean Cyber-malls Try to Cope With Traffic Surge

Cyber-malls in Korea are concentrating on improving their systems in order to cope with the explosive traffic increase.

Major Internet malls including Interpark, Metaland and Samsung Internet Shopping Mall, are introducing load balancing system to improve overall performance and reliability of the site by automatically rebalancing the load as the traffic to their malls exceed 100,000 daily.

"Considering the current traffic increase rate on our web site, the number of visitors to our Internet shopping mall is expected to increase by 150% during the third quarter of this year," said an executive of Intrerpark.

"So, we are working on system improvement of our cyber mall in order to prevent the possible failure of our web server, which may happen unexpectedly as a result of excessive traffic load, as well as to attract more online shoppers through stable system operation."

Interpark is expected to complete changes to the existing system environment for its web mall. The company is introducing BEA WebLogic server by early November this year.

Samsung has decided to invest 2 billion won (US$1.7 million) into its cyber-mall and will introduce system facilities needed to replace the existing Windows NT system with Unix system. For load balancing, the company will introduce Foundry's ServerIron.

Company officials say that Samsung is planning to stabilize server system by introducing the new Unix system in order to cope with increased users of it Internet mall, which currently stands at 120,000 a day.

Other Internet malls, including Hansol CS Club, Lotte Department Store's Internet mall and Cosmetic Land, are also working on stabilizing their systems.