Besides the excitement of the upcoming winter Olympic games, we are excited to announce additional good news for our customers in South Korea with the operational launch of our data center in Seoul, our first data center in South Korea. With the expansion of our global network with this data center, customers will experience enhanced website performance, decreased latency and improved security in the South Korea market.

We believe this market will grow and are actively building the foundation needed to give our customers the highest possible level of service and help fight cybercrime. The presence of the data center will also better serve local businesses and customers, and help our global customers reach this important market and grow their business.

Fast Facts About Korea

  • Internet usage – Most households have internet access.
  • Internet transactions – Large and growing with:
    • E-commerce sales of $19,122 m
    • eTravel market of $10,379 m
    • FinTech market of $51,239 m

And double digit annual growth rates

  • Smartphone usage – South Korea has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates, with an estimated 88 percent of the population using smartphones. This is facilitated by the presence of manufacturers such as Samsung and LG.
  • Economy – South Korea has the fourth largest economy in Asia and is the 14th largest in the world.
  • High Tech exports – The focus on technology began in 1990 when South Korea started a plan to emphasize high-tech production. The country is now a major exporter of high tech products such as wireless communications, semiconductors and computers.
  • Olympics – South Korea will be host for the 2018 winter Olympics. There will certainly be increased internet usage during that period. Cyberthreats and traffic at this time will dramatically increase.
  • Attack Prevention – South Korea is among the top 10 countries that conduct DDoS attacks, as reported in our DDoS Threat Landscape Report. So even if your site is exclusively local, firewalled from the outside word, the site is vulnerable to attacks originating locally.

Location, Location, Location

Until now Incapsula was deployed to our customers in South Korea from remote data centers in Japan. With customers extremely sensitive to network latency, they will leave and not return if a site is not highly responsive. A local data center solves latency issues by bringing website content closer to visitors, ensuring the best possible user experience.

A local data center also facilitates compliance with laws and regulations that stipulate that certain types of data, such as data in government sites, must be stored and served only from local servers.

We’ve already seen performance improvement with the launch of the data center in Seoul.

Network performance report after the launch of the data center in Seoul

Securing Websites

The new data center together with the rest of our global network, positions us to mitigate even the largest attacks with zero disruption to ongoing website and network operations.

To meet the needs of customers, the data centers comprise our full suite of award-winning DDoS protection services from Incapsula, including:

  • Network layer DDoS scrubbing with 24×7 monitoring and mitigation, which typically is activated in <1 second.
  • Always-on application layer protection, including the OWASP top 10, with PCI and SOC certification, based on proprietary algorithms
  • Infrastructure protection for subnets and individual IP addresses that add new layers of protection over the clean pipes services of ISPs
  • Name server protection for DNS-targeted attacks

In addition to DDoS protection, the new data center also incorporates our website performance and security services, including:

  • Global CDN for intelligent caching and content optimization
  • Web application firewall (WAF) to protect against data breaches
  • Load balancer for maximum application availability and performance
  • IP security to ensure private and secure communications

Deploying Incapsula Through Partnerships

Incapsula selects its infrastructure providers to provide quality services and high availability. A main criterion we look for is a provider’s strong presence in the market. The Seoul data center is therefore collocated with KINX, one of the top-tier providers in the country.

Our high capacity Behemoth 2 platforms provide capacity for the anticipated usage, and are built to scale for more capacity when the usage grows. Following our data center architecture, all components are redundant to ensure uninterrupted service from the data center.

With the addition of the new data center, Incapsula now has 40 data centers around the world with over 5 Tbps total capacity.

To support our expanding business in strategic areas around the globe, additional PoPs are under construction and are scheduled to come online in 2017. The PoP in Seoul will connect the Incapsula network to South Korea with minimal latency.

Anyoung haseyo!


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