ATT Launches New On-Demand Cloud Storage Service

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new cloud subscription-based service gives businesses on-demand access to computing resources via a new online portal called Synaptic Compute as a Service. Online time windows can be purchased through credit card payment, and services can be used immediately.

AT&T, which in May 2009 joined Verizon Communications as telecom companies in the cloud storage business, is branching out its online service menu with the help of VMware and Sun Microsystems.
 
The nation's largest telecom Nov. 16 introduced a new cloud subscription-based service that gives businesses on-demand access to computing resources via a new online portal called Synaptic Compute as a Service. Online time windows can be purchased through credit card payment, and services can be used immediately.

VMware is handling all the data center virtualization, and Sun will take care of networking software with Java and storage hardware with its StorageTek systems.

SCS will become commercially available in the United States by the end of the year; plans are for it to be launched globally in several months.

Because it is easy to set up and utilize, AT&T is aiming the new service at all sectors of the market-particularly at midrange and SMB businesses. The service can be used for backup and disaster recovery, central management of distributed network resources, and application hosting, among others.

The SCS is the third in a series of AT&T Synaptic offerings; the company already offers storage and Web hosting services.

The telecom will utilize its own virtual private network (VPN) for security.

When that international launch happens, AT&T then will offer global network resources and protect them by using additional embedded network-based security. This will include intrusion detection and specific methods to prevent of denial-of-service attacks, the company said.


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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