AT&T (NYSE: T) has added another element to its cloud strategy by establishing a partnership with Box that it says will enable it to deliver a variety of cloud-based storage and mobility solutions to a mix of small to medium businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises.
Current and new AT&T business customers will be able to access the Box cloud using their existing VPN service via the telco's NetBond technology. In addition to maintaining network privacy, NetBond allows businesses to dynamically scale networking resources to accommodate fluctuation in their cloud usage.
The jointly developed cloud capabilities also play into the growing mobile nature of business users. By integrating Box into AT&T Toggle, the telco's bring-your-own-device solution, businesses will be able to get secure cloud-based collaboration, from any device.
A major part of this product is maintaining security of a business' important content.
Businesses that subscribe to the joint service will be able to allow their employees to access and save their business-related content--including documents, presentations, images and videos--to Box, while keeping it separate from other personal content on the device.
AT&T Toggle with Box is set to be released in early 2015, while the new Box–AT&T NetBond solution is expected to be available in the first half of 2015.
Driving a joint wireline/wireless cloud-based mobility solution represents AT&T's broader mission to provide integrated wireless and wireline services. In August, the service provider merged its Mobility and Business Solutions divisions and the new group will be overseen by AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, who will have a new title of CEO of AT&T's Mobile & Business Solutions Group.
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