To support the delivery of virtualised cloud-based IT services for SMBs and public agencies
Cisco, GDSYS and Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea have exchanged a memorandum of understanding to mutually collaborate in building a Ubiquitous Service Platform (USP) based on the Cisco Unified Computing System technology to support the delivery of virtualised cloud-based information technology services for small and medium-sized businesses and public agencies, in the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ).
The USP is a green data centre platform based on the concepts of ubiquitous computing, cloud computing and intelligent integrated network offerings, providing a platform for delivering IT services. The platform supports cloud computing service environment and a scalable and virtualised data centre environment, Cisco said.
Under the MOU, Cisco will provide its expertise and technologies across the process of building the data centre, from design, consulting service, and network infrastructure to operation, while GDSYS, a data centre service provider, will manage the overall project. It expects to deliver data centre services from hosting, co-location, security and cloud services to SMBs and public sector located in Incheon and the IFEZ.
The Incheon Metropolitan City will support the two companies in building the green data centre, with the aim of boosting the local economy, creating jobs and attracting foreign investment. The green data centre is expected to have about 200 IT specialists and may create an economic effect exceeding KRW200bn for five years after it is established.
According to Cisco, the technologies that are expected to be deployed in the data centre include the Cisco unified computing system, Cisco unified communications and video-based physical security offerings.
The USP supports Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities vision for Incheon, which is designed to provide cities and communities with smart and connected offerings for utilities, safety and security, connected real estate, transportation, health care, learning, sports venues, and government services.
Chris Khang, president of Cisco’s Asia region, said: Cisco is committed to creating an advanced cloud platform that offers optimised IT services at a lower cost. With this MOU, Cisco and Incheon can help GDSYS provide flexible and efficient next-generation data centre services.
The USP is expected to be implemented this year and the new data centre services are expected to be available to customers in early 2011.