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AT&T, Digital Realty expand alliance with colocation services

AT&T and Digital Realty Trust are broadening AT&T’s colocation service offerings by expanding their alliance.

The expansion enables AT&T to incorporate Digital Realty colocation capacity directly into its solutions and will span Digital Realty’s global portfolio of data centres.

The two companies say expansion of the alliance enhances AT&T’s existing product offerings of network and managed services, complementing its existing colocation services network of 38 locations in 16 countries.

The two companies will also extend AT&T NetBond, AT&T’s cloud connectivity service, to key Digital Realty data centres, allowing AT&T to extend the reach of NetBond to existing and new cloud service providers.

René Dufrene, associate vice president, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said the deal adds Digital Realty to the robust AT&T NetBond ecosystem, with the company’s data centre portfolio built on a foundation of “unrivaled real estate acumen”.

“The company brings this expertise and its ecosystem of network-rich data centres to this alliance.”

“The speed of business growth is outpacing IT. This is driving an insatiable appetite for data centre capacity, bandwidth and cloud connectivity,” says Dufrene said.

“This alliance with Digital Realty enables us to extend our product offerings enabled by Digital Realty’s data centre footprint and provide highly secure, high-performing and reliable connectivity to business workloads wherever they reside.”

With expansion of the alliance, during 2016 customers will be able to connect to the growing suite of AT&T NetBond cloud service providers from its locations within a Digital Realty data centre, allowing more options for cloud connectivity.

Digital Realty senior vice president of Partners and Alliances, said today’s alliance announcement highlights the opportunity for both AT&T and Digital Realty to help end-users deploy their IT workloads in our data centres via the colocation program and to provide “greater performance, security and control via AT&T NetBond”.

 “We are looking forward to working together to deepen our relationship with AT&T, already one of our largest customers, as we continue to build out our network-rich ecosystem of datacentre solutions and network of partners to provide openness and choice to our end-users.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).