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Malaysian-Korean tech firms partner to upgrade network operations centre

AvantiKumar | May 23, 2010
South Korean ambassador witnesses signing between Ariantec Global and Oullim IT.

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 MAY 2010 -- To upgrade its Malaysia-based network operations centre, managed IT services firm Ariantec Global (AGlobal) has partnered with South Korean company Oullim Information Technology (Oullim).

AGlobal managing director Chubby Lee said firewall solutions provider Oullim would upgrade AGlobal's Network Operation Centre  (NOC), located in Petaling Jaya, by the fourth quarter of 2010.

"Budgeted at an initial investment of US$770,000 (RM2.5 million), the NOC will act as the company's main support and maintenance centre for our clients operating ICT networks on a nationwide basis," said Lee, adding that clients came from a variety of sectors including financial services, and government agencies.

"The NOC will be a 24x7 headquarters to monitor and support clients' network infrastructure performance, network issues, and security breaches," he said.

"This partnership would help enhance the security industry business between Malaysia and South Korea, said Oullim Information Technology chief executive officer Hyeung Youl, Cho.

Ariantec Global executive director, Vincent Loy, said: "In our objective to be a one-stop ICT powerhouse, we need to have the foresight to deliver solutions that can handle the end-to-end network issues faced by geographically-spanned enterprises and operations."

"In addition, the worldwide market for managed security services is growing.  According to Infonetics Research, March 2010, the global revenues have increased 12 per cent from 2008 to US$9.4 billion this year," Loy said.

Listed on the South Korean stock exchange (KOSDAQ) and founded in 1997, Oullim develops a family of firewalls as secure e-business solutions.

 Broaden mutual understanding of security issues

The agreement was witnessed by the ambassador of South Korea Bong Ryull, Yang, who said: "One of the benefits of encouraging bilateral cooperation is helping to better cope with the security arising from the rise of new industry trends, such as smart phone security, and the growth of cloud computing."

"Malaysia's wireless industry is one of the most developed in Asia," said the ambassador. "Information security needs to be strengthened in the light of the explosion of mobile communnication technologies."

Also present during the signing, South Korean industry association KISIA (Knowledge Information Security Industry Association) vice-chairman Key Young, Rhee, said: "This partnership is another step in the mutual sharing of security issues between the two countries. There are South Korean companies who have travelled to Malaysia in order to share knowledge and for mutual cooperation."

"KISIA signed an agreement with PIKOM (Malaysian ICT industry association) to help foster business relationships between the two countries," said Rhee.

 

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