Xbox Cloud Gaming to be launched in Korea next month by Microsoft and SK Telecom

In partnership with SK Telecom, Microsoft is set to launch their Xbox cloud gaming platform on September 15 2020.

The new service claims to enable users to play games anywhere they want by accessing cloud servers on Android smartphones and tablets.

Gamers will be given access to more than 100 games by Xbox Game Studios and global game creators through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Popular gaming titles on the cloud gaming platform, formerly known as Project xCloud, will include Minecraft Dungeons, Halo: Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 4.

“We’re grateful for our continued partnership with SK Telecom. They were instrumental in delivering our Project xCloud preview through their leading 5G network technology,” said Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Gaming Cloud.

Microsoft and SK Telecom began working together from September 2019 to make 5G-based cloud gaming in Korea a reality to cater to customers of the world’s fourth largest gaming market.

“Going forward, we will further enrich gamers’ experience by making more games available in the Korean language and identifying promising Korean games,” said Jeon Jin-soo, the Vice President and Head of 5GX Service Business Group at SK Telecom.

The subscription to play on the cloud gaming platform will cost US$14 per month.

How will cloud gaming impact the future of game design?

As we discovered in W.Media’s first GameTech digital event, our speakers from Tencent Cloud and OVHcloud revealed the critical importance of IT infrastructure and edge data centers in enabling a cloud gaming future with almost zero latency and lag.

In our next GameTech digital event on Tuesday 27 October, we will focus on how cloud infrastructures and cloud gaming will transform the way games are designed.

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Digital Realty breaks ground on first data center in South Korea

Digital Realty has officially broken ground on their first carrier-neutral data center in South Korea, following a Virtual Groundbreaking ceremony hosted by W.Media.

The Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) twelve-megawatt facility will be built on a 22,000 square foot land parcel in the Sangam Digital Media City in Seoul.

“The groundbreaking of Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) is a significant milestone for us at Digital Realty. Our investment in Korea reiterates our commitment to powering our customers’ digital ambitions across a truly global platform. We are humbled to have this opportunity to provide a trusted foundation for the nation’s technology roadmap,” said Jay Weon Khym, the Country Manager for Korea at Digital Realty.

Making digital transformation a reality

The current pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation and adoption of cloud services across the world. South Korea is also a leader of innovation, with big data, AI, 5G and the Internet of Things quickly gaining momentum.

“Customers in the Asia Pacific region are set to gain from our new ICN10 facility, as they ramp up their own digitalisation efforts,” said Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer, A. William Stein.

The move marks a significant expansion of PlatformDIGITAL across Asia Pacific, enabling customers to rapidly scale digital transformation.

“Our investment in South Korea is an important milestone on our global platform roadmap, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers’ digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting customers’ future growth on PlatformDIGITAL,” added Mr Stein.

PlatformDIGITAL is Digital Realty’s platform that hosts critical infrastructure and interconnect digital ecosystems.

Once the facility is completed in approximately 2021, the tallest purpose-built data center that Digital Realty has ever constructed aims to support domestic business growth and broaden opportunities for more international companies to expand their core digital assets into the South Korean market.

South Korea is a perfect place to set up a data center and is one of the fastest growing markets in APAC.

Mark Smith, the Managing Director of APAC for Digital Realty, said of the market: “[It is] a strategic market for us to enter as the first global provider to build from the ground up.”

The Digital Realty data center in South Korea will add to the global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions’ portfolio of Asia Pacific facilities located in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.

More than 500 registered to discover more about the 162,000 square feet, twelve level facility at Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking event hosted by W.Media.

Watch this space for highlights from the event and more details on Digital Seoul 1.

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Samsung reveals new NAND flash facility to address data center demands in South Korea

Samsung Electronics today revealed plans for a new NAND flash facility in South Korea to meet growing data center demands.

The construction in Pyeongtaek, South Korea will expand Samsung’s NAND flash production capacity, paving the way for mass production of their V-NAND memory in the second half of 2021.

“The new investment reaffirms our commitment to sustain undisputed leadership in memory technologies, even in uncertain times”, said Cheol Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Global Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung, the world leader in NAND flash memory for the last 18 years, expects the facility will help to address the mid and long-term demands for NAND flash memory. This is particularly important in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, fuelled by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and 5G expansion globally and in South Korea.

Cheol Choi added: “We will continue to serve the market with the most optimised solutions available, while contributing to growth of the overall IT industry and the economy in general.”

Samsung’s sixth generation V-NAND SSD, a recent flash storage innovation, features the industry’s fastest data transfer rate to assist the smartphone and data center market.

The new facility will add to the existing NAND production lines by Samsung, including two of the world’s largest at their Pyeongtaek Campus as well as one in Hwaseong, South Korea, and Xi’an in China.

What is NAND flash memory and how can it help data centers?

NAND, short for NOT AND in boolean speak, is the most common type of flash memory technology that doesn’t require power to retain data, as it uses a metal-oxide semiconductor to provide extra charge to the memory cell when there is no power.

NAND can be found in Solid State Drives, USB flash drives and SD cards. Solid State Drives in data centers are becoming increasingly common in place of hard disk drives to store and serve data due to the decreasing costs of flash memory.

SSDs are typically faster, smaller, use less energy and have no moving parts, unlike HHDs. The advantage of NAND flash within an SSD is that it can erase and write data in less time, allows for greater storage capacity, and radiates less heat and consumes less power than other technology.

Keeping up with South Korea’s demand for data centers

The demand for data centers is continuing to grow in South Korea due to the adoption of more cloud services as well as the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Almost 90% of the country’s population has internet access and it is a valuable connection point to the rest of Asia for local and global businesses, making South Korea the perfect place to expand data center operations.

In 2021, Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, is set to open the first carrier-neutral data center in Seoul.

In a historic first, Digital Realty will share their plans to boost South Korea’s digital economy at a virtual launch event on Wednesday 17 June with W.Media.

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