IBM Extends Cloud Services to AT&T Private Networks
Business partners IBM and AT&T extended their alliance by adding AT&T NetBond to options IBM provides to access its SoftLayer cloud.IBM and AT&T announced an agreement to extend IBM’s cloud services to AT&T private networks. The companies unveiled plans to extend AT&T NetBond services to the IBM SoftLayer platform for stronger security and performance. This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to easily create hybrid-computing solutions. Customers of the new service can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s private network and cloud services using private AT&T Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). The service allows customers to benefit from secure connections with high reliability and performance as an alternative to relying on public Internet access. “AT&T NetBond gives customers a broader range of options as they explore how to best leverage a hybrid cloud,” said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM Cloud Services, in a statement. “Customers can easily move workloads to and from SoftLayer as if it were part of their local area network. This added flexibility helps optimize workload performance while allowing customers to scale IT resources in a way that makes sense.”
AT&T officials said AT&T NetBond combines the security of AT&T virtual private networking with cloud resources. As a result, business customers have flexible and high performing access to the cloud. It also dynamically allocates VPN bandwidth, enabling customers to use as much or as little as they need.