AT&T aligns with VMware on enterprise public/private cloud combo

Telco giant AT&T (NYSE: T) has teamed with virtualization pioneer VMware (NYSE: VMW) to launch a virtual private cloud service with a wordy moniker: AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service.

The virtual cloud launch is the latest in a series of cloud-related moves by AT&T and comes within a year after the company said it would invest $1 billion in new cloud-related efforts. It also comes just a few weeks after AT&T announced cloud-based unified communications capabilities to make it easier for business users to take advantage of UC capabilities from different locations and devices through the cloud.

Significantly, the partnership with VMware gives AT&T access to more than 350,000 VMware customers to bring their private clouds into AT&T's network-based cloud via virtual private networks. It gives those customers the cost-efficiencies and security of using VPN access to their cloud, along with the flexibility to orchestrate their use of both private and public cloud by shifting workloads between the two as they desire.

The service also supports bursting, data center extensions, disaster recovery, and mobile application development and deployment, according to AT&T. The flexibility of the integrated offering with VMware is expected to allow corporate enterprise to more easily use two different clouds as a back-up for one another, which is what long-time VMware customer travel management company Concur is doing, AT&T said.

For more:
- see the release
- and this 24/7 Wall St. post

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