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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 16:28

AT&T's global network married to IBM's cloud offering


AT&T and IBM have joined forces to create a private-network based global cloud service for the largest multinationals by delivering IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud capabilities over AT&T's global network.

A further key differentiator of their offering is claimed to be "breakthrough technology" developed by AT&T Labs that "Dynamically allocates networking resources to computing resources, automating functions that are often performed manually."

This, according to AT&T, "allows the network and compute resources to rapidly scale or contract in tandem to support the fluctuating demand on systems that an online retailer might experience before, during and after the holiday buying season; or that a large employer might experience before, during, and after their annual employee health benefits enrolment period."

It also "tightly integrates the security protections of both, allowing customers to quickly and reliably shift information or applications between their own data centres and this new cloud service."

AT&T says this is critical for businesses that want the flexibility of the cloud but also need to protect applications and data as they move between data centres and wired or wireless computing devices such as tablets, smartphones, personal computers, retail kiosks or other machine-to-machine devices.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that is "optimised for mission-critical, enterprise workloads." It is claimed to offer many of the advantages of a private cloud – such as choice of dedicated physical servers and storage – but with the scalability of a public cloud offering.

Other features of the joint offering include: a variety of customisation options to meet specific customer needs; committed service-level agreements (SLAs) "aligned to business and usage requirements to increase accountability for response time and availability"; more than 70 automated built-in security functions; and high levels of security extended to wired and wireless devices authenticated to the customer's virtual private network.

The service will be available from early in 2013.

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