AT&T shores up cloud offerings with new AWS and IBM partnerships

By Keith Sonia | 11 November 2016

Solidifying the fact that telecommunication firms were, and still are, at the forefront of cutting edge technology and how it will impact future business, American giant AT&T has agreed to new partnerships with Amazon Web Services and IBM in a bid to fortify its position as an industry leader in cloud offerings.

The moves come as the demand for cloud services forces providers to come up with new options and offerings. Indeed, it follows the announcements of two new major partnerships that will expand cloud offerings, as Egnyte, Inc and Microsoft entered into agreement, while Salesforce spent nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to acquire start-up Krux.

The strategic relationship with AWS, as it was dubbed by AT&T, is understood to be a multi-year arrangement, though exact terms of the deal have not been publicly revealed. The partnership is designed to allow business customers of AT&T to access AWS’ cloud services through NetBond, the company’s high-speed networking service. Additionally, the companies revealed that the deal will allow customers to transfer key data to the cloud through Internet of Things apps.

In a separate partnership, AT&T inked a new deal with IMB, which calls for AT&T to run its applications through IBM’s cloud offering, while IBM will in exchange instruct its global salesforce to market and sell AT&T’s FlexWare software. FlexWare is designed to allow its customers to deploy IT as a service through the management of virtual network functions. The partnership should mean lower costs for customers, as well as provide access to IBM’s security infrastructure, thought to be a key selling point for many business customers.

This is not the first deal the companies have entered into; last winter IBM took over AT&T’s hosted data centre servers.

By Keith Sonia, bobsguide

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