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IBM Cloud Helps Korea’s Enkiwi Drive Business Transformation and Growth

SoftLayer’s high-speed private network lowers networking costs and improves performance for web-portal development company

SEOUL, Korea - 16 Jul 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Enkiwi, a web portal development and implementation solution provider in Korea, has adopted IBM cloud to transform its business model by delivering value-added cloud solutions to its customers over SoftLayer’s high-speed private network. Leveraging SoftLayer’s agile cloud infrastructure gives Enkiwi the control it needs to quickly deploy new solutions for its clients across Korea in minutes rather than days.

Founded in 2010, Enkiwi specializes in web portal development and implementation solutions for businesses and organizations. With clients looking for on demand services, Enkiwi decided to move to the cloud platform from a traditional IT environment to ensure greater speed, agility and performance in a cost effective manner. Enkiwi selected cloud solutions from SoftLayer, an IBM company, for its ability to provide enterprise-grade cloud with high security and flexibility.

Enkiwi is planning to offer its EnView Enterprise, a web portal software solution, over cloud, using the software as a service (SaaS) model. The company will start its cloud journey by establishing a cloud-based Social Networking Service (SNS) offering in the third quarter this year. It will be followed by implementing the ‘enView cloud portal’ which provides its current web portal solution via cloud for organization and enterprise clients. Enkiwi wants to further expand its cloud business portfolio by providing cloud based collaboration functions like instant messaging and video conferencing in the third quarter of 2015.

“The industry we operate in has undergone dramatic changes and it is important for us to stay ahead of the curve. IBM has the required experience and proven industry knowledge to understand our needs and support our business objectives,” said Jeonggeun Lee, CEO of Enkiwi. “With SoftLayer’s open source environment, we are confident to transform our business model and offer better quality services to our clients.”

In addition to SoftLayer’s powerful, agile and secure infrastructure that can be optimized to the client requirements, Enkiwi will also benefit from its lower networking costs, with free data traffic service between the internal systems and data centers. Moreover, as SoftLayer guarantees excellent stability, small businesses like Enkiwi can cost-efficiently enjoy high performance and stability of cloud computing.

"Cloud is not just another way to reduce the IT infrastructure cost, but a growth engine that helps transform revenue models and expand businesses. IBM’s engagement with Enkiwi is yet another testimony to that,” said SeungMin Kim, SoftLayer business executive of IBM Korea’s Global Technology Service. “IBM is working with companies of all sizes in Korea to help them drive business growth with efficient use of cloud computing."

One year ago, IBM made a strategic acquisition of SoftLayer for $2 billion. Since July 2013, SoftLayer has flourished as the foundation of IBM's cloud computing business by winning clients, attracting new partners, expanding IBM's cloud footprint and driving new innovations. Since the acquisition, SoftLayer has attracted thousands of new customers as part of IBM, doubling its previous rate of new business generation.

About Enkiwi

Enkiwi is a solution provider for web portal implementation for business and organizations. The company was founded in 2010 and has provided ‘EnView Enterprise’, a web portal solutions. Enkiwi has successful client references in diverse industry and has been posisitoned as major portal solutions vendor especially in the university industry. .The company is now expanding its business portfolio by fully leveraging the benefits of open source into SaaS provider and transformed itself as a cloud service company.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more than 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com . Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

Contact(s) information

Nicholas Smith
IBM Media Relations
1 (212) 671-9653
nssmith@us.ibm.com

Myunghee Son
IBM Media Relations, Korea
+ 82 2 3781 4681
mhson@kr.ibm.com

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