IBM, AT&T Team on New Cloud Service for Business
IBM and AT&T announced an agreement to deliver a new network-enabled cloud service that taps AT&T’s private networking technology and IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud offering.IBM and AT&T have announced an agreement to deliver a highly secure, “network-enabled” cloud service that uses private networks rather than the public Internet. In an Oct. 9 announcement, the companies said they are combining AT&T virtual private networking and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud capabilities with new technology from AT&T Labs to create the new cloud service. Targeted to Fortune 1000 companies globally, the service will be offered in early 2013 as a new option for enterprises that are deploying cloud solutions that demand high levels of security and availability. Many businesses often cite security as a key inhibitor to cloud computing adoption. “As more organizations realize that cloud can be secure, easily managed, and a key part of their business strategy, cloud will quickly evolve as a tool for innovation rather than just for infrastructure,” said Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services, in a statement. “We believe this new service from two recognized leaders in cloud computing provides a compelling way for large organizations to exploit cloud’s transformational power.” Users of the new service will connect to IBM cloud computing resources across AT&T’s network to tap into the security protections of both, allowing customers to quickly and reliably shift information or applications between their own data centers or private clouds and this new cloud service. This is important for businesses that want the flexibility of the cloud but also need to protect applications and data as they move between data centers and wired or wireless computing devices, such as tablets, smartphones, personal computers, retail kiosks or other machine-to-machine devices.
For example, a financial services company using the new service could move and manage critical customer data between its and IBM's cloud data centers without the data ever leaving the security protections of the virtual private network.