AT&T enhances VPN experience by bringing Salesforce into its cloud ecosystem

AT&T (NYSE: T) is giving its VPN users another enhancement, announcing that it has added Salesforce to its growing network-enabled cloud ecosystem.

Current customers will be able to use their VPN to connect to Salesforce from any location on their private network using AT&T's NetBond technology.

"The addition of choice in how users connect to Salesforce is game changing for enterprise customers who need high performing and reliable access to industry-leading cloud services," said Andy Geisse, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions, in a release. "This is an important addition to our growing AT&T NetBond ecosystem and will further accelerate enterprise cloud adoption."

Salesforce has been a major tool for many companies so AT&T's move to add it to its ecosystem will provide a greater bond with existing VPN customers that are searching for faster and secure access.

AT&T said it expects these capabilities to be available to customers in the second half of this year.

One of the benefits of the NetBond technology is it can work with an existing AT&T VPN through APIs to create what it says is an automated experience for customers. They don't have to purchase additional equipment or software.

Cloud has been a major driver for AT&T on both the customer-facing side and as a way to improve its internal IT processes. In 2013, the telco said it put nearly 20 percent of its internal apps into the cloud. Over the next three to five years, it will be an entirely cloud-based enterprise.

For more:
- see the release

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