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‘Cloud Power’ at the Core of Reform

Systems for the promotion of cloud expansion are being prepared in Korea through the recent implementation of cloud development.

LG CNS has become a leader in the development of the cloud industry. Through unrivaled cloud technology, cloud services targeted at all employees began in 2009 and these services have continued to expand in the Korean and global markets. Let’s take a look at what Jong Wan Kim, the vice president of the Infrastructure Services Department which is paving the way for LG CNS cloud business, says about cloud in Korea.

New technologies such as the Internet, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things) are having a great impact on society, culture and industrial business environments and management methods. A competitive era has begun where companies fall behind if they cannot keep up with the development of services that combine these technologies. There is a demand for IT environments with the agility and flexibility to quickly respond to the rapidly evolving business world. It looks as though cloud is exactly what is needed to ease concerns related to these changes.

Cloud is no longer an unfamiliar concept as we are already taking advantage of cloud when we surf the Web or use our smartphones. However, whereas cloud is already being implemented in gaming, SNS, Internet companies and start-ups, cloud has not been implemented as much as expected in the overall workflow of companies.

There are many reasons why some companies are not swiftly responding to introduce cloud at their businesses but according to a study done by a market research group, the main concerns are weak security, safe system transitions and SLA (Service Level Agreement). In order to resolve these issues, companies are opting to implement private cloud.


But there are still issues to be resolved with private cloud. Companies must procure cloud conversion capabilities that can understand the specific characteristics of their current architecture and operating system. In order to take advantage of the cost effectiveness of cloud services by converting to cloud, additional open source software must be implemented in place of converting from Unix to an x86 environment and using commercial software.

Conversion to cloud is not the only issue, secure cloud service quality must also be provided. Service quality must also be improved through implementation of open source cloud platforms, cloud management policies and management solutions, which are continuously being updated.

Other factors that restrict the development of cloud must also be considered from the cloud infrastructure perspective. Business IT budgets continue to be reduced do to the slump in the economy but the demands from businesses for solutions continue to increase. SaaS (Software as a Service) is in high demand in order to actively and flexibly respond to these business environments. Due to this development in the market, global software companies are now claiming to be cloud service firms as well. When looking at the global cloud market, the software side of the market is showing much steeper growth than the infrastructure side of the market.


But where does Korea stand in all of this? The majority of solutions providers are concerting efforts into SaaS conversion but with no additional investment capacity due to the current decrease in sales and profits, SaaS conversion technology is lacking and there has been no significant breakthroughs in the market. To resolve this issue, we must look to the SaaS marketplace.

Small to mid-sided solutions providers provide various SaaS platforms and include their solutions in their own platforms to offers inexpensive services to their users. Hopefully this will create an ecosystem where the primary functions of SaaS solutions will be open source so that diverse ideas and technology can be fused together.

Recently, the US Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to convert to cloud. The core principle of their plan is to maintain a central data center and to use private sector cloud solutions to relocate certain data and manage this system in parallel. Information protection is the first priority for government agencies so looking at examples of cloud conversion through the realistic perspective of IT partners that are expending the cloud industry is very important.

In accordance with the Act on the Development of Cloud Computing and Protection of Users (Korean Cloud Act) that was put in place in September of this year, the system equipment required for expanding cloud is also being procured in Korea. National R&D, academic resources, compulsory software education and detailed cloud implementation case studies are being revealed. We are greatly looking forward to the Korean government and cloud companies putting forth efforts to make Korea a leading nation in the cloud industry.

Written by Jong Wan Kim, Vice President at LG CNS

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