Amazon Web Services have confirmed the launch its fifth technology infrastructure region in Asia Pacific, catering for South Korea.
Korean-based businesses and global companies with customers in Korea can now leverage AWS’s leading infrastructure technology platform to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Many thousands of Korean customers have been using the AWS Cloud from other AWS Regions for several years. Now, with the launch of the Seoul Region, Korean-based developers and companies, as well as multinational companies with end users in Korea, can securely store and process their data in AWS in Korea with single-digit millisecond latency across most of Korea.
“Customers continue to choose AWS as their infrastructure technology platform because we have a lot more functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem built around AWS, and unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve new initiatives that could change their business and customer experience; we’re excited about delivering this to our customers today.”
Along with the new region, AWS has also worked to build a vibrant local cloud technology ecosystem in Korea. The rapidly expanding AWS Partner Network in Korea includes Independent Software Vendors and Systems Integrators who are building innovative solutions and services around the AWS Cloud. These partners, such as Ahnlab, Dreamline, Hancom, IGAWorks, and TMAXSoft are providing a variety of software, security, and connectivity solutions that can be used in conjunction with AWS. SIs including Bespin Global, GS Neotek, Megazone, and Vsystems are helping enterprises to migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, or are providing a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services of customers’ AWS environments.
Mirae Asset Global Investments Group, the number one asset management company in terms of profits in Korea, migrated its web properties from its on-premises data centers to the AWS Cloud. “In order to stay competitive, online and mobile businesses are more important than ever in the financial services sector. Using AWS enabled us to improve our web service environment and reduce annual management costs by 50 percent through the consolidated platform of web services such as servers, network, database, and security,” said Wan-Geu Kim, Managing Director of the IT Department at Mirae Asset. “With the launch of the AWS Region on Korean soil, we will now move even more of our sensitive and mission-critical workloads to AWS.”
Investing in Korea’s Cloud Future
AWS is also delivering its AWS Educate Program to help promote cloud learning in the classroom with eight local universities, including Sogang University, Yonsei University, and Seoul National University. Since its launch locally in May 2015, over 1,000 Korean students are participating in AWS-related classes and non-profit e-learning programs, such as “Like a Lion.”
The new Region adds to Amazon’s existing cloud computing investments in Korea. Teams of Account Managers, Solutions Architects, Technical Support Engineers, Professional Services Consultants, and various other functions support customers in Korea.