AT&T drives fed government's cloud first strategy with virtual access to AWS cloud

AT&T (NYSE: T) is giving its government customers access to its NetBond cloud service to enable them to get virtual network connections to Amazon Web Services' (NASDAQ: AMZN) GovCloud (US) region as they look to meet their cloud first mandates.

Similar to enterprise customers, government agency customers will be able to bypass the public Internet to connect to AWS and other cloud services.

In addition to helping users make more efficient use of bandwidth, the other selling point AT&T is touting about NetBond is that it can help improve latency performance by as much as 50 percent compared to traditional Internet.

Being able to provide flexible access to a number of major cloud providers for government agencies -- one of AT&T's largest customer segments -- will help it further its bond with a group that has to operate within a tight budget.

While AWS is the newest featured cloud services partner, it is just one of 12 members delivering 18 different cloud services in its NetBond ecosystem.

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