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Published : 2010-12-08 18:38
Updated : 2010-12-08 18:38

KT announced on Wednesday that it would take over local computing platform technology firm NexR as early as January in a bid to set the stage for cloud computing.

The country’s top fixed-line operator will also join hands with Citrix and Microsoft to strengthen its cloud computing solutions and software, a move which will improve competitiveness in the business-to-business sector.

Cloud computing is an Internet-based computing system in which shared resources and software are provided on demand, involving a wide range of inter-connected devices such as smartphones, e-books, laptops and handhelds.
Suh Jung-sik (right), senior vice president of cloud service business unit at KT, speaks up at a media conference on cloud computing held in southern Seoul on Wednesday.The conference was also attended by officials from NexR, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Korea, Microsoft and CloudScaling. (KT Corp.)

“What cloud computing implies is that many solutions will be provided through the Internet, which is why it makes sense for solution-offering companies to go together with firms that have networks,” said Suh Jung-sik, senior vice president of cloud service business unit at KT. “We must not only compete but cooperate with each other to increase the market pie.”

Although KT will take over NexR, it will be run as an individual company but be tightly run together with the cloud service business unit of KT, according to Suh.

Through the cooperation measures taken forward with solution-based companies such as Citrix, KT will launch virtual desktop infrastructure in the first quarter of next year for the Apple’s iPad and desktop PCs. The price of the featured service is expected to be sliced in half, said KT officials.

The telecom will also work to release Microsoft’s Office software “Office 365” on a monthly rental, instead of having customers buy the whole package in the first half of 2011, said its officials.

Earlier in October, KT announced plans to provide a standardized global platform needed for the cloud computing service to small and mid-sized firms to jointly enter the overseas market.

It said it would run a cloud computing technology education center and develop technologies together with field experts. It also planned to develop business-to-business models as well as look for new business opportunities.

The company also made official in August that it will invest a total of 120 billion won ($102.74 million) by next year for the advancement of cloud computing services and to launch an enterprise-level cloud computing service.

By Cho Ji-hyun (sharon@heraldcorp.com)

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