It has been announced that mobile operator AT&T and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have forged a new partnership that will focus on networking, enterprise hybrid cloud deployments, integration, Internet of Things (IoT) and security. The multi-year partnership will ensure that modern cloud-resistant solutions and applications can be more easily embedded into a hybrid cloud approach, offering business operations the best of both worlds.
As part of the new project, AWS and AT&T want to give joint customers the chance to combine the cellular operator’s extensive network with the large variety of cloud services that AWS offers. This would include solutions for security and networking, IoT applications and access to big data and data centres. On AT&T’s part, the latest alliance sees the company cement yet another partnership on the path to integrating their array of enterprise services, in addition to their network, with some of the world’s major cloud players. For example, the company already has a deal with IBM that was made only this week.
Meanwhile, there are also benefits for AWS. By teaming up with AT&T, the company is able to broaden its current ecosystem by taking full advantage of the large enterprise network that the mobile operator is able to provide. This helps AWS become ever more entrenched amongst the many hybrid cloud deployments happening around the world, establishing the company as a go-to provider. This is particularly important at a time when many organisations are increasingly moving their workloads towards public services.
AT&T and AWS’s latest partnership revolves mainly around three things: security, networking integration and IoT. In terms of security, the two firms will combine their experience and knowledge of data concerns and threats whilst integrating security solutions. Networking integration will see AT&T’s Netbond platform taking centre stage. Netbond allows secure, private networking connections to be established to AWS, allowing users to be confident about the safety of the operations. New tools will be created, offering clients more automation, visibility, performance and security. The Netbond network currently includes Box, Cisco, VMware, Salesforce, IBM, AWS, HP Helion and Microsoft Azure.
Finally, the firms will work together on the IoT. Sending data into the cloud will be enabled by preconfiguring sensors that are attached to AT&T’s network. It means that integration can be scaled relatively quickly if needed. For example, the operator already has 29 million connected devices deployed. If these were connected to AWS, the firm could boost its number of analytics customers in the future.
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