IBM, SK Telecom in Big Cloud Computing Deal
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IBM has landed the contract to build the first private sector cloud service in South Korea for the nation's largest telecom provider. The sheer scope of the project will be ambitious but IBM has been aggressive in the cloud space with its offerings. So what will the people of Korea get when Big Blue is done? Datamation finds out.
IBM on Tuesday said it will build and operate the first private sector cloud-computing environment in Korea by virtue of its exclusive contract with SK Telecom, South Korea's largest telecommunications provider.
Big Blue, which topped rivals including Microsoft, HP, Sun Microsystems and Oracle for the deal, will provide software and hardware infrastructure that will allow SK Telecom to offer up to 20 new servicesincluding sports news feeds and a photo service -- to its 24 million customers by year's end.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) has been particularly aggressive with its cloud-computing strategy in 2009, offering a variety of on-demand business intelligence, analytics and data storage applications to its core enterprise customers and new small and midsized clients.