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AWS encourages more companies to use cloud-computing service

All News 17:13 April 19, 2017

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- The chief of Amazon Web Service (AWS) Korea, the local cloud-computing service affiliate of the U.S. retail giant Amazon Inc., encouraged more businesses Wednesday to successfully make use of the on-demand network to promote their operations.

"There is no need to worry whether to use or not to use cloud computing service," Doug Yeum, general manager at AWS Korea, said during the AWS Summit 2017 in Seoul, saying it is necessary to use the service that is expected to grow at double digit annual rates in coming years.

Cloud computing is an Internet-based computing service that rents data storage and computing power to individual users or corporate customers. Amazon manages data mostly for its corporate clients.

With the aim to tap deeper into the Asia Pacific market, the world's leading cloud service provider set a new region in Seoul, the 12th of this kind, in 2016.

"AWS has maintained since 2014 that cloud computing will become a new standard," Yeum, said, adding that success can be achieved if business is done with the AWS.

AWS currently has over 1 million customers in over 190 countries, ranging from German carmaker BMW Group to Philips, a Dutch-based company that focuses on healthcare.

BMW uses AWS for its new connected-car application that collects sensor data from its luxury 7 Series cars to give drivers dynamically updated map information, Yeum said.

Meanwhile, the AWS platform analyzes and stores patient data gathered from 390 million imaging studies, medical records and patient inputs to provide healthcare providers with actionable data for Philips.

In addition to major players, including IBM, Naver Corp., the operator of South Korea's dominant Internet portal, also launched a new cloud-computing platform on Tuesday.

According to a recent study by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), the South Korean market for cloud computing jumped 46.3 percent on year to 766.4 billion won (US$657.1 million) last year.

Doug Yeum, general manager at Amazon Web Service (AWS) Korea, speaks during the AWS Summit 2017 in Seoul, on April 19, 2017. (Yonhap)


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