Open source cloud computing chosen as Korean service provider’s public cloud

Cloud.com, a provider of open source cloud computing software, today announced that KT (formerly Korea Telecom), Korea’s largest landline operator and mobile service provider, has selected its flagship technology, CloudStack, as the foundation for its new public cloud offering, KT ucloud.


Cloud.com, a provider of open source cloud computing software, today announced that KT (formerly Korea Telecom), Korea’s largest landline operator and mobile service provider, has selected its flagship technology, CloudStack, as the foundation for its new public cloud offering, KT ucloud.

Currently in beta, KT ucloud will offer its users a stable, secure and cost-effective cloud environment that ensures enterprises are making the most efficient IT investment. According to Cloud.com, KT ucloud guarantees the most competitive pricing and benefits among its competitors, priced 60% lower than Amazon Web Services. Additionally, KT ucloud reduces electricity consumption by two or three times, ultimately aiming to reduce more than 60% of electricity used within their data center operations and passing those efficiencies through to their customers.

KT is a leader in cloud services, according to JS Suh, Senior Vice President at KT. “We at KT understand the importance of providing reliable, cost-effective cloud computing services. While the rest of the market is trying to catch up to cloud computing, KT is already creating innovative cloud services that are delivering enhanced features to users at an affordable price,” Suh said.

KT ucloud provides an end-to-end service based on service development, test, distribution, management and deletion. KT ucloud provides auto-provisioning and auto-scaling when assigning IT resources on an automation and active basis. In addition, KT ucloud monitors and meters usage volumes to give users real-time visibility into how they are using their cloud resources.

In late 2010, KT announced it was using CloudStack to build Korea’s first large-scale private cloud, enabling KT employees to access shared data and software using a range of devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs and Internet protocol television (IPTV). “We used Cloud.com as the foundation for our private cloud and found it to be an extremely robust solution that minimized the overhead costs of integration and complex deployment schedules,” Suh said.

With KT ucloud, CloudStack now is the foundation for KT’s public cloud as well.
“KT has experienced a great amount of success with its private cloud and is now using the same model of highly automated infrastructure, using best-of-breed open source technologies, to bring the same level of performance, scale and economics to their public cloud offering,” said Sheng Liang, CEO at Cloud.com. “KT is an innovator and leader in cloud computing in the Asia Pacific market as they launch KT ucloud. We are pleased with KT’s decision and look forward to the public release of KT ucloud.”

Recognizing that organizations currently face a daunting task when trying to build their own IaaS cloud environment, Cloud.com provides the customers with the fastest path to owning their own cloud by providing the latest and the most advanced software platform for building highly scalable, highly reliable cloud computing environments. Cloud.com currently enables over 50 large-scale production clouds in deployment that have been built on its market-leading open source cloud computing solution including Nokia Research Center, Tata Communications, GreenQloud and Logicworks. Cloud.com technologies can be deployed on-premise or as hosted cloud services.

Other key partners in the KT ucloud project include Intel, Citrix, Arista, Nexenta, enStratus, CloudScaling and Quanta.