Netskope expands NewEdge network with Seoul data centre
US-based security cloud provider Netskope announced on Tuesday that it has spun up a new data centre in the South Korean capital of Seoul.
According to Netskope’s announcement, the facility will support the expansion of its NewEdge network, a privacy and security-focused cloud “reserved exclusively for Netskope customers.”
With a booming data centre and cloud industry, South Korea is an attractive investment target for Netskope, with the new Seoul data centre helping provide higher performance and lower latency, a factor which Netskope identifies as “especially important for companies headquartered in the region or multinationals with a presence in Northern Asia.”
Due to the increase in remote work and a greater reliance on digital services following the outbreak of COVID-19, access to secure cloud capabilities is becoming more important than ever. According to Netskope, NewEdge delivers inline security services through a carrier-grade, next-generation global infrastructure based on advanced application and network optimisation technologies and processes.
While South Korea has not entered into a full lockdown since the pandemic began, large portions of its workforce - especially in the education sector - have transitioned to remote channels. Now, with colder weather and the holiday season expected to force more people inside, the country is preparing for another spike in cases - something heralded by a .
In the face of this increasing demand, Netskope is reportedly confident in its ability to operate South Korea’s fastest security cloud. "With just 5% to 10% of the latency compared to other vendors based on 3rd-party tests, Netskope is now unequivocally the highest-performing cloud security provider in South Korea, with the fastest on-ramps for user traffic and best round trip times for web, cloud and SaaS access,” said Jason Hofmann, VP Platform Architecture and Services at Netskope.
Jay Kwon, CTO at VicCns, a Korean Netskope customer, said: "Our customers are rapidly moving away from legacy backhaul architectures, embracing the cloud, and looking to acquire security technology that controls data movement, guards against threats and secures users both inside and outside the enterprise network.
“With Netskope launching a new data center in Seoul paired with the NewEdge network's local peering for the fastest access to web, cloud and SaaS in the region, we expect increased adoption of Netskope cloud security across Korea in the coming months."
People Moves: John Gould joins nDivision board
This week, IT and automation startup nDivision signed John Gould to its board of directors. It’s an undeniable win for the relatively small Texan tech firm, as Gould brings a degree of pedigree and experience to the small firm, and will undoubtedly open doors to new partnerships and commercial opportunities as a result.
Recently, Gould served as the CMO and member of the executive team at CyrusOne. During his tenure at the leading data centre firm, he is credited with generating market-leading sales growth to the tune of $1bn between 2016 and last year - representing a CAGR of about 20%. He left the company in September of last year, since taking over as the Chief Revenue Officer at Enchanted Rock, an IT and data centre power support and resilliency firm also based in Dallas.
Before joining CyrusOne, Gould worked as the President of Stratasys, a 3D printing firm, as well as the Chief Revenue Officer at ReachLocal, and spent 14 years in various roles at Dell - working largely on the sales side of the tech giant’s managed IT services and digital transformation business.
"We are incredibly excited and honored to have John join the nDivision board. John is an extremely accomplished business executive and respected corporate leader who brings a wealth of experience to nDivision,” commented nDivision’s CEO, Alan Hixon.
“His business savvy as well as his relationships immediately makes him a valuable board member and advocate for nDivision."
nDivision’s business model - using proprietary, AIdriven automation to replace human workers - is a new direction for Gould, but his career in the data centre and cloud industries has already been diverse enough.
In a statement to the press, he commented that, “nDivision has a disruptive IT Managed Services solution due to its high degree of Intelligent Automation technologies, which drives both cost savings and dramatically improved service levels for its customers. I see huge potential for the nDivision platform and am excited to join its board and look forward to working with Alan and the entire nDivision board and management team in driving shareholder value."