Juniper helps SK Telecom power its cloud security service initiative

SK Telecom, one of South Korea's largest telcos, has appointed Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) to help it build a virtualization security solution for both its government and small to medium enterprise (SME) customers.

It will deploy Juniper's vGW Virtual Gateway in addition to its SRX Series Services Gateways to deliver security for its virtualized data centers across its cloud networks via intrusion detection and prevention applications.

Cloud services have become an ongoing reality at SK Telecom. Beginning in November 2010, the service provider launched its T Cloud biz service for SME customers followed by a consumer-grade service for its 4G LTE wireless subscriber base.  

While launching cloud-based wireless and wireline services is a necessary move to stay competitive, Zacks Equity Research wrote in a blog post the service provider's Q1 2012 net income declined because of the required investments needed to build these new cloud services.

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